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Win a 'once in a lifetime' prize with the RYA Dinghy Show card competition

by Susie NationGrainger, RYA 25 Jan 09:00 GMT 29 February - 1 March 2020
Team GB © RYA / Nick Dempsey

If you're aged between five and 16 then you could be in with a chance of winning a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity to personally wish the British Sailing Team 'good luck' in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Games.

All you have to do to be in for a chance to win is design and create a 'good luck' card that will really inspire and encourage the sailors when they take to the water to compete this summer.

The winners will be invited to the RYA Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts & Yachting, to personally deliver their card to a member of Team GB.

"We're looking for bright and colourful creative entries which will really catch the eye of the judges" explains RYA Shows and Promotion Manager Celia Edgington. "Cards can be any size, shape and as inventive as you like but must be able to be delivered in the post".

The competition is open to individual entries and will be judged across three age groups: 5-8 years, 9-12 years and 13-16 year olds. The winner of each age group will win:

  • VIP tickets to the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace, London (for the winner and their family)
  • A special meet and greet session with sailors from Team GB and the British Sailing Team, so you can ask them all your burning questions
  • Plus an RYA and British Sailing Team goody bag

"Entries have already started to come in and the standard has been extremely high so I know that judging is going to be a tough job. However there are still a few weeks to go and I know the messages will really make a difference to the sailors and the support makes a huge difference to the whole team" Celia concludes.

Once you have created your card, please post it along with the entry form that you can download here to: RYA Dinghy Show Card Competition, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4YA. Entries must be received before 14 February 2020.

More information about the competition including terms and conditions can be found here

Find more information about the British Sailing Team here

What's on at the Show?

The RYA Dinghy Show returns to Alexandra Palace, London over the weekend of 29 February-01 March. Visitors of all ages can enjoy family-friendly show favourites from 'On the Water' virtual reality sailing experience, to the sailing simulators, activity pool, trapeze rig and the famous RYA Dinghy Show Treasure Hunt. There's something for everyone, whether you're an experienced dinghy sailor, or just getting started.

As well as a full line up of expert talks and coaching sessions, you'll also discover hundreds of boats from beautiful classics to the very latest in cutting edge design along with clubs, classes, boat builders, holiday companies and much more!

Get your ticket

Advance tickets are available from October 2019 at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. Groups can also take advantage of a special ticket price of £10 when booking six tickets or more. Don't forget four children go free with each paying adult as well.

Buy your tickets at or call the ticket hotline on 0844 8589069.

For all the latest news and information visit or follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @dinghyshow. Join in: #DinghyShow.

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