RYA Volvo Dinghy Show

Gathering of the clans to take place at Alexandra Palace over 3-4 March

Wednesday January 25th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show is to take place this year over 3-4 March at its normal home of Alexandra Palace in northeast London.

As usual the event will showcase the very best in dinghy sailing, from kit, boats and gear to expert analysis and insight on the Volvo Main Stage and top tips from some of dinghy sailing’s leading experts and coaches in the Coaching Area. Over 200 sailing clubs, classes and associations, chandlers and boat builders will be exbihiting.

This being an Olympic year, so the show will pay tribute to the Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sailing heritage with the RYA’s ‘Our Sporting Life – Sail for Gold’ exhibition. On display in Palm Court this will consist of photos and memorabilia through the ages from pre-first world war through to our present day champions, including items kindly shared by past Olympic and Paralympic sailors including Rodney Pattisson, Keith Musto, Andy Cassell, Mike McIntyre and Alistair Currey and others.

In the West corridor there will be a centenary celebration display of Jack Holt-designed dinghies.

There will be special visit from Team Volvo's and Skandia Team GBR's leading 470 Women pairing, Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills. The top sailors will take time out of their busy training schedules to head to the show for the whole weekend to inspire and motivate the next generation of sailors. Clark and Mills will take to the Volvo main stage for an Olympic Catch up and Q&A focusing on how they are preparing mentally and physically ahead of the games. There will also be opportunities for one on one coaching with the Team in the Volvo Chill-Out Bubble.

Competitions at the show will include RS's Design a Sail competition you could win an RS Tera, or the Portsmouth Yardstick draw with the prize of winning a laptop for your club.

There is the opportunity to compete in the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show SailX Championship. In this virtual regatta, race online against friends, family, fellow club members or other dinghy sailors.

“The show has a really unique atmosphere and with the Games on the horizon and guest appearances from Team GBR and Team Volvo sailors, it will have an added buzz about it this year. So as well as being a great place to get up close to your sailing heroes, you can check out all the latest equipment, boats and kits; meet up with friends, win great prizes and chat with class associations, have fun and much more, all under one roof”, commented Helen Waterhouse, RYA Volvo Dinghy Show Manager.

Once again there is full line-up of talks from some of the sports leading experts, coaches and sailors taking place on the Volvo Main Stage Hall 2 (West Hall)

Show opens

Oliver’s Travels – Sailing around the UK for charity – Olly Rofix tells us how he not only beat leukaemia but also sailed around Britain single-handed in a Valiant 18 for charity

Technology and Tactics – Billy Aylward explains how you can use GPS tracking to hone your racing tactics

Sail for Gold & Olympic preview – relive and celebrate past Olympic and Paralympic success and look forward to the London 2012 Games (speakers to be confirmed)

Professional driving & towing – Former British touring car champion Robb Gravett gives you all the information you need to be confident while towing

Prize draws and presentations

Jack Holt centenary celebration – Industry and class experts give the low down on how and why Jack Holt was so influential on design of so many popular dinghies

Olympic medal racing: the rules and tactics – Chris Watts shares his top tips to keep you competitive in your own club racing

RYA Volvo Dinghy Show SailX competition final – The culmination of the virtual regatta will take place live on the Volvo Main Stage with commentary from Mark Jardine and Hugh Styles

Treasure Hunt presentation

Volvo RYA Champion Club presentation (Saturday only)

RYA Club of the Year Award presentation – presenting prizes to the top five clubs and announcing the overall winner (Saturday only)

RYA Coaching Area Hall 1 (Panorama Hall) – the part of the show where you can get up close and personal with our resident RYA experts

Basic Rig Tuning – Grahame Forshaw

Trapezing tips – Ant Chapman

Portsmouth Yardstick – Bas Edmonds

Improving your core stability – Matt McGovern

Wetsuit and drysuit repairs – Andark Diving and Watersports

Setting the spinnaker – Grahame Forshaw

Tickets can be booked by visiting www.dinghyshow.org.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 811 0409.

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