RYA Focus - RYA stand 2If you are visiting the Southampton Boat Show this year make sure you pay a visit to the RYA.

Following the success of the stand move last year, you can once again find the RYA located right at the heart of the show, adjacent to the RYA Members’ Lounge in the Holiday Inn Hotel (stand BO32).

The RYA has a wealth of advice and information available to visitors, from taking your first steps to how you can improve the boating you do. Chat to members of staff about training courses, find out where to get started or get the answers to your boating questions.

The show is also the perfect place to find out more about RYA SafeTrx, the mobile vessel tracking solution. Find out what is new for 2016 and how this little app can be a great addition to your sailing kit.

As well as the usual 20 per cent RYA member’s boat show discount on all the RYA publications and eBooks (collect your eBook discount voucher at the show), the publications team will be on hand throughout the show, showcasing the brand new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 – 2020 book and introducing the new rules app.

Register now for updates on availability, news on digital versions and special offers: www.rya.org.uk/go/racingbooks.

As well as a whole host of titles available at the show, you will also be able to pick up a copy of the new RYA Racing for Yachts and Keelboats, by RYA author Rob Gibson, crammed full of everything you need to know as skipper or crew to get you started in big boat racing.

Following the success of the 2016 ARC Channel Islands Rally, hosted by World Cruising Club in association with RYA Active Marina, drop by the RYA Members’ Lounge on 18 September (located in the Holiday Inn) between 4 – 5pm and find out all you need to know about the 2017 Rally.


All champions

To kick off the week, on Preview Day (16 September) members of the British Sailing Team fresh from the Rio 2016 Games will be officially opening the show, before heading to the RYA Stand and Members’ Lounge throughout the day, so drop by and pick up an autograph or two and maybe grab a selfie with your sailing hero.

Then on 17 September at 14.00 we will be presenting the prizes in the ilovesailing calendar competition. Pick up your copy of the 2017 calendar and you will also receive your very own ilovesailing Union Jack rubber duck for free (stocks are limited so make sure you get yours early).

On 25 September it is blast off for the final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship 2016 (on the water off Berth 101) were the 28 regional finalists aged eight to 16 will put their RIB driving skills to the test in the hopes of being crowned champion. Pop down to the water’s edge to cheer them on. The action takes place from 09.30, with the prize-giving on the Honda stand (C66) at around 17.00.


New look membership

RYA Focus - Members LoungeAt the show the RYA will officially launch its new look membership. With striking new membership cards and a host of new membership categories, make sure you drop by the stand or visit the RYA Members’ lounge where all will be revealed.

As well as being one of the first people to sign up or renew on to the new look RYA membership, existing members can also take advantage of the Refer a Friend scheme, providing friends and family with a 25 per cent discount on their first year’s membership and the referring member with not one, but two RYA bonus gifts for doing so – an OverBoard dry bag and an RYA umbrella.

We will also be welcoming a number of RYA member reward partners to the lounge through the week to tell you more about their great offers, with visits from the likes of Sebago, Virgin, Spinlock and Gill. Drop by the lounge to see what’s on offer.

Members also enjoy:

  • Private table service dining area
  • Self-service cloakroom
  • Dedicated lounge area to sit and relax
  • Easy access to a Starbucks coffee station and the Holiday Inn bar if you fancy something a bit stronger
  • Access to the Holiday Inn’s Spirit Health Club throughout the duration of the show, including gym, sauna, pool and Jacuzzi
  • Opportunity to purchase your RYA books from the member’s lounge


RYA member FREE ticket offer

RYA Focus - Ticket offerThis year we have teamed up with National Boat Shows to offer every RYA member a free ticket to this year’s show with the opportunity to purchase up to three additional tickets at the special price of £11 (£1.95 will be applied per transaction for purchased tickets).

RYA members can take advantage of this offer by visiting the Southampton Boat Show member benefits page www.rya.org.uk/go/sbstickets

The show

Now in its 48th year, The Southampton Boat Show is one of Europe’s biggest purpose-built marinas showcasing the very best that the international marine industry has to offer. With nearly 600 exhibitors, interactive displays and unrivalled shopping, 100s of boats to see and all the latest watersports and boating equipment there is plenty to fill your day. Plus this year the show will feature lots of opportunities to get out on the water for families including a Tall Ship, Try a Boat and Get Afloat.