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National 12 class gearing up for the RYA Dinghy Show

by Zoe Ballantyne 28 Jan 15:29 GMT 29 February - 1 March 2020
National 12 stand at the RYA Dinghy Show 2014 © Mark Jardine

The National 12 class are gearing up for the RYA Dinghy Show on 29 Feb-1 March and need your help.

Come along to say hello to old friends, pick up the latest second-hand boat list or a glossy poster for your club notice board, spot yourself on the latest class video and purchase class clothing. Bring your friends along and get them interested as well. Use this code: RYAEX483433 to get 10% off the ticket price.

If you are coming to the Dinghy Show, we would appreciate your help on the stand for an hour or two. Help is also needed with build up on the Friday and/or breakdown on the Sunday evening after the show closes. Please select any slots you can do on the Doodle poll and we will make up a rota.

The N12 stand will be J20 in the West Hall of Alexandra Palace, and the star attraction will be a brand new 4 plank Dead Cat Bounce, fresh out of the boatyard of Simon Hipkin. N3551 is a Keith Callaghan modification of the Jo Richards' original DCB design, with a hull made from 4 glass/foam planks and a full Allen fit-out.

If you're thinking about upgrading your N12 for 2020, the Dinghy Show is a great opportunity to sell your old boat, but the For Sale list is looking pretty empty at the moment. Make sure you register your boat for sale on the class website at before the show. Or if you know there's an unused N12 in the dinghy park at your club, encourage the owner to pass it on. We will have copies of the For Sale list on the stand and will help new people interested in the class to choose the right design for them.

If you're thinking about taking the plunge and getting a new boat built, we will have details about the options available, including from Simon Hipkin, Synergy Marine or Composite Craft. We will also have new N12 class clothing on show. If you want to order yours in advance and collect at the Dinghy Show, details will be coming shortly.

Happy 12 sailing in 2020.

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