RYA Sailboat & Windsurf Show Opens

The first day of the "Dinghy Show" saw plenty of updated classes on display

Saturday March 3rd 2001, Author: Gerald New, Location: United Kingdom
The weather was bitter and it was all doom and gloom outside as more reservoirs announced closures but the 50th RYA Sailboat and Windsurf Show opened Saturday - and at least shore bound sailors could catch a glimpse of the season to come.

Alexander Palace is one of the most exposed places to have to hang around for entry at this time of the year and the involved queuing and advance ticket problems did not help the early arrivals. But, once inside it was at least warm and there was plenty to keep everyone involved.

Shirley Robertson at Miracle launchEvery year the class associations seem to manage to out do each other with new versions of their boats and this year there are plenty of updates and improvements to familiar designs.

One that attracted Olympic Gold Medalist, Shirley Robertson, was the latest version of the Miracle. Shirley sailed in this class when first starting out in sailing and was there to help launch the latest version of the class at the show.

It seems that the 'traditional classes', as they have become known, are fighting back. New designs, updated cockpit layouts, new carbon rigs, improved open circuits and reports of booming numbers, the dinghy scene is determined that individual choice will rule and with over one hundred active classes there is something for everyone.

We will be looking at the various class updates and improvements during the coming week but meanwhile why not get along to the show and see for yourself!

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