Sarah Ayton and Sam Whaley to present RYA Dinghy Show 2020

Over 29 February – 1 March, double Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ayton OBE will be joining forces with British Sailing Team’s Sam Whaley at Alexandra Palace to host a fantastic range of expert speakers on the Great Hall and West Hall Stages and in the Knowledge Zone  at the RYA Dinghy Show.

Sarah is famously known as one of the ‘three blondes in a boat’ trio from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where she won her second gold medal in the Yngling class. She was also named Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2016 and is currently a performance coach, motivational speaker and busy mum to her two boys.

“I’m really looking forward to presenting the show,” she said. “I remember going to the Dinghy Show with my parents aged ten and looking at all the boats and wanting them all!

“We have got some really inspirational speakers lined up including adventure cruisers on the Great Hall Stage and world class coaches in the Knowledge Zone.”

Sam Whaley initially enjoyed racing at his local sailing club before entering his first national competition in 2011. After that he was hooked and at 19 he knew he wanted to pursue a career in sailing. He is now a member of the British Sailing Team competing in the Laser class.

“It is a real honour to be hosting the Dinghy Show alongside an Olympic Gold Medallist,” said Sam. “The show means so much to me, whether it is seeing all the new and existing boats, entering all the competitions on the stands as a kid or simply finding out a lot more about sailing.”

The 2020 show theme is ‘a world of opportunity- see where dinghy sailing can take you.’ From competing on the race course, to travelling the globe, an exciting career on the water, or simply spending valuable time outdoors with family and friends, the show will celebrate the unique wealth of opportunities that dinghy sailing provides.

Up to four children go free with each paying adult. The ‘weekend ticket’ also returns for those who wish to return for a second day of action. Advance tickets are available at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. Discounted weekend tickets are available at £15.00 for RYA members and £18.75 for non-members.

You can buy tickets here or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.

To buy your tickets visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk