The Dinghy Show

Toby Heppell casts his eye over this year's exhibits
The RYA Dinghy Sailing Show has again unofficially opened the UK’s dinghy sailing season. As usual there was the great mix of classes from beautiful classic wooden boats to top of the range high performance racers which makes the show at Alexandra Palace such a draw for so many sailors. We felt the event was a little weaker with the lack of either the 12ft or 18ft Skiffs along with a number of other classes that chose not to attend. However, their absence was more than made up with plenty to see and do and perhaps more Olympians and famous faces than we have ever seen at the show before. Here's a few things that caught our eye (with more to come on the site in the coming week or two): Selden Although Selden, the rig company, had their own stand it was on a select number of other stands that the really interesting bits were on display. On the National 12 class’ stand and on the new Morrison 13 International 14 on the Ovington Boats stand were a number of innocuous but cool looking fittings. On closer inspection it was clear the fittings had Selden branding on them, could this be a move into the fittings world by the company? Richard Gibson of Selden explained to TheDailySail they have been making a number of fittings in house for testing purposes for many years. Recently, the company has come to the decision to manufacture the fittings on a commercial scale and sell them to the general public. Included in the range will be blocks of various sizes as well as a number of cam cleats and swivel cleats. We thought these looked like pretty cool bits of kit and will go down a treat with the dinghy community - despite this being a very