Save the date: 1-2 March
The RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show will take place over the weekend of 1-2 March, showcasing all the very best that the dinghy sailing world has to offer, from kit, boats and gear, to expert analysis and insight on the Main Stage, and top tips from some of dinghy sailing’s leading experts and coaches in the Coaching Area.
Held at Alexandra Palace in north London, it is the only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailing, with hundreds of sailing clubs, classes and associations, chandlers and boat builders and a whole host of exhibitors, all under one roof.
What to expect from the show in 2014?
Team Cobalt will be on display in Palm Court. This small hydrofoil catamaran is designed to break records. Team members will be on hand to discuss this 200kg carbon fibre cat.
In the Panorama Hall will be the RS Sailing Simulator. This full size RS Quba simulates the life-like motion of the boat giving visitors the chance to experience the feeling and movement required to sail, albeit in a controlled and dry environment.
In the West Corridor two class associations will be celebrating their anniversaries: 40 years of the Miracle class and the 60th anniversary of the 505. Both classes will be displaying examples from across the decades.
New show sponsors Suzuki Marine will be showcasing a range of RYA Club Safety Boat packages from boat builders Ribcraft and Rigiflex, as well as their brand new DF30A and DF25A outboard models. The Suzuki Marine team will be on hand to offer advice and guidance and top tips for the use and maintenance of four stroke outboards.
The joint RYA Youth Programme and Volvo Car UK stand is now in the Great Hall, stand C8, a new location for 2014. Here RYA staff and representatives from class associations will be on hand to provide information and advice on how to get involved with all levels of racing from club or regional level through to RYA UK Youth Squads and beyond.
Back by popular demand is the RYA Magic Marine Trapeze Rig, launched last year. Specially designed for the RYA Dinghy Show, it will give visitors the perfect opportunity to try out harnesses and test their trapezing technique under the watchful eyes of the show experts.
Also returning is the Holt Blow Boat Challenge, boat repairs workshops, plus the popular kids Treasure Hunt and this year, RYA Junior member mascot, ‘Bob the Buoy’, will be in charge.
Visitors can also chat with RYA experts in the Panorama Hall who will be happy to answer any dinghy sailing questions from where to get started, how to improve and much more. Newcomers to sailing or looking to get back into it can check out the ‘Start Sailing’ area. The friendly team will be on hand to offer advice on kit, boats, clubs and courses and those taking part in the 'start sailing competition' can win a prize package (to be announced) including the prize of a Topaz Taz courtesy of Topper Sailboats International.
Top tips from the experts
As has come to be expected from the show there is great line-up of talks from some of the sports leading experts, coaches and sailors.