Find your tribe at the RYA Dinghy Show

Set to return to the magnificent Alexandra Palace over the weekend of 2 – 3 March, the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki is a long standing favourite with dinghy sailors.

This year the RYA will be celebrating the diversity within the sport, recognising the different ‘tribes’ that make up the dinghy sailing community through the show theme #MyDinghyTribe.
So whether you are a cruiser, racer or foiler, it is the ideal opportunity to catch up with old friends and connect with fellow ‘tribe’-members.

make a weekend of it

As well as a full line up of expert speakers and Q&A sessions with sailing legends and industry experts on the Main Stage and Knowledge Zone, the popular Sailor’s Corner will be making a comeback along with the return of the Women’s Sailing Hub and Class Association Stage.

This alongside more than 150 exhibitors including: boat builders, class associations, sailing clubs, holiday companies and retailers, ensures there will be enough to keep you busy for the whole weekend – and with the addition of a new weekend ticket, why not make a weekend of it?

Highlights for 2019…

The 2019 show will see three new hosts take to the stage: double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson OBE will be joining forces with sailing presenter and journalist Matt Sheahan and Match Racing World Champion and Olympic sailor Annie Lush.
“I have raced all kinds of boats from tiny dinghies to massive multi-million pound superyachts, but my true passion will always be firmly rooted in dinghies – it is where it all begins.

“I am thrilled to be involved in this Dinghy Show, especially at a time when small boat sailing has never been more exciting,” said Shirley.

Be inspired by adventures had, and challenges overcome, as Team UK Invictus Games sailors Andrew ‘Pav’ Taylor and Sadie Melling share their life-changing Invictus experience.

It is the year of the ‘tribe’ – think classes, clubs, motivations and teams as Rob Andrews talks ‘Tribes and Trends’ with the show hosts.
Mark Jardine and Liz Rushall host a panel of young sailors and ask about ‘The Future of Dinghy Sailing’. This is your opportunity to get involved and join the debate.

Foiling is a relatively new, but fast growing tribe, however for many, the thrill of flying above the water seems unlikely to say the least. So can anyone really foil? Paul Outram and Phoebe Twigg talk about first time foiling and how getting airborne might be easier than you think.

The International Moth is one of the most well-known foiling dinghies, but why is the high performance boat so popular? Dinghy historian, and All at Sea contributor, David Henshall will be looking back and exploring 90 years of continuous innovation – ‘The Story of the International Moth’.

Main Stage Schedule 

Time Talk
10:30 Taking Care of your Playground

Kate Fortnam from The Green Blue is joined by a British Sailing Team representative

11:00 Tribes and Trends 

Rob Andrews talks ‘tribes’ with our hosts

11:45 Sailing at the Invictus Games

Andrew ‘Pav’ Taylor and Sadie Melling

12:30 The Future of Dinghy Sailing – Come and Join the Debate

Mark Jardine and Liz Rushall are joined by panel of young sailors

13:30 Weather Forecasting for Successful Sailing

Simon Rowell

14:15 Foiling for You

Paul Outram and Phoebe Twigg

15:00 Countdown to Tokyo 2020

Ian Walker

16:00 RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards supported by Gallagher


Time Talk
10:30 Tribes and Trends 

Rob Andrews talks ‘tribes’ with our hosts

11.15 Dinghy Cruising Adventures

Roger Barnes talks about his latest dinghy cruising adventures

12:00 Project Scaramouche – the next steps

Jon Holt and students from the Greig City Academy

12:45 Foiling for You

Paul Outram and Phoebe Twigg

13:45 The Story of the International Moth

David Henshall

14:30 Weather Forecasting for Successful Sailing

Simon Rowell

15:15 Countdown to Tokyo 2020

Ian Walker

*Talks and timings correct at time of going to print

In the Knowledge Zone

Improve your sailing, whatever your experience, with interactive coaching and demonstrations from the experts throughout the weekend in the ‘Knowledge Zone’.

Learn how to ‘Be your own coach’ as sailing journalist and reporter Andy Rice quizzes Olympic sailing coach Paul Brotherton about his top tips for improving your on-the-water skills (12:00) and Sam Whaley, British Sailing Team, talks everything Laser (13:00).
Michael McNamara returns with guidance on how to set up and tune your rig (11:00) and for the more advanced foilers, double Olympic medallist and Moth sailor, Simon Hiscocks shares his expertise (14:00).

And there is more…

Featuring inspirational female sailors, the popular Women’s Sailing Hub is your opportunity to talk all things ‘Women in Sailing’ or discover how The Magenta Project is accelerating women to the top of the sport.

The Class Association stage will once again feature everything you need to know about your favourite class, upcoming events and how to get involved. While over in Sailors’ Corner take on the Wattbike Challenge, test your knot tying skills and rub shoulders with sailing’s heroes.

Get interactive!
The RYA Dinghy Show Treasure Hunt will be back with a tribal twist and once again, the Interactive Zone will be full of free activities to inspire the whole family!
Experience the thrill of being out on the water without ever leaving dry land on the sailing simulators, trapeze rig and 360o ‘On the Water’ virtual reality sailing experience.

Also new for 2019 is the activity pool, where show visitors will be able to race against other ‘tribe’ members. See whose on-the-water skills are best by racing the fleet of model boats.

Talk to the experts
The show is a brilliant opportunity to chat with many of the RYA’s experts who will be happy to answer all of your questions. From training courses to youth racing, Sailability, membership and much more, there is a wealth of knowledge and information for you to get your hands on.

Something for everyone
Whatever your ‘tribe’, there is always something new to learn, experience and discover and there really is no better place than the RYA Dinghy Show.

So whether it is the latest kit you are after, top tips from your favourite sailors to hone those skills on the water, or even to book your next family get away, we guarantee there will be something at the show for you.

Get your tickets today and save

Advance tickets start from £10, buy a weekend ticket from £15, with special rates for RYA members, clubs and large groups. And remember up to four children go FREE with each paying adult.

To buy your tickets visit or call the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069

Download the App
Don’t forget, you can use the RYA Dinghy Show App to purchase your tickets, plan your journey, navigate your way around the show and discover all the latest news. Available on Google Play and the Apple App Store – download it today!


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