What’s on at the RYA Dinghy Show 2013

The RYA Dinghy Show, in association with Suzuki and Yachts & Yachting, is the only place to be over the weekend of 2-3 March if you’re into dinghy sailing or are thinking about taking to the water for the first time.


The event showcases  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 the magnificent Alexandra Palace, 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.  

Each year the show attracts new visitors, cutting-edge boats and kit and remains fresh and exciting; whilst maintaining all the original charm and spirit of the very first shows back in the 1950s.


So what can you expect from the show in 2013?
If you’ve been inspired to get into sailing by Team GB’s sailors at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, then the RYA Dinghy Show has everything you need to get started. The ‘New to Sailing’ area is a must visit for anyone looking to take their first steps into dinghy sailing.

Talk to the ‘getting started’ team about the best boats to get started in, what kind of kit you’ll need, how the whole family can get involved, where you can go to learn and where your nearest clubs and sailing facilities are.

You can even pick up some of the basics before you get afloat at the beginners’ coaching session, where RYA Instructors will explain the basic points of sailing, wind direction, parts of the boat, steering and much more.  

50 years on
From its humble beginnings as a televised DIY project to the modern day dinghies of all shapes and sizes the show will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mirror dinghy, with a stunning display of Mirror dinghies throughout the ages and what is sure to be a fun and insightful main stage talk on the history of the Mirror dinghy with dinghy historian and All at Sea columnist, David Henshall.

New features
New for 2013 are the Club Clinics. The sessions will provide one to one advice for club and training centre representatives on a whole host of topics including; legal and technical issues, club development and increasing membership, club racing and greening your club. Book your place at www.dinghyshow.org.uk

We also introduce the new and unique RYA Trapeze Wall. 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.



Buy your tickets now
Tickets brought in advance cost just £11 for adults (£9 for RYA members). Children 16 or under; accompanied by an adult, just £5 a ticket and free on Sunday (maximum two free of charge child tickets per adult). Children who are RYA members go free of charge all weekend.    

Tickets can also be purchased on the door for £13 adult and £6.50 child, but if you want to beat the queues and save money then book online at www.rya.org.uk/programmes/dinghyshow/Tickets or call 0844 858 9069.   

New for 2013 – Two day ticket  
With so much to see and do sometimes one day isn’t enough, so for 2013 we have introduced a special two day ticket; ensuring you don’t have to miss a thing! Two day tickets bought in advance cost just £16.50 for adults (RYA members £13.50) and £5 for children (RYA child members go free all weekend).   

You can also purchase two day tickets on the door, £19.50 for adults and £6.50 for children.   

WIN! A pair of weekend tickets or great prizes for your club
Take part in our ‘Guess the dinghy’ Facebook competition and you could win yourself a pair of weekend tickets to the RYA Dinghy Show 2013.   

All you have to do to win is correctly identify the type of dinghy and one lucky winner will be chosen at random each week from all the correct answers. It’s that easy. Visit www.Facebook.com/ryadinghyshow to take part.  

You can also win some great prizes for your club in our free prize draw. So the more club members that buy tickets in advance, the bigger your prize potential.  

Bring 30 people or more and you could win your club a Suzuki powered Rigiflex safety boat. Bring 20 people or more and you could win your club a set of racing marks sponsored by Allen Brothers, and bring 10 people or more and you could win your club 10 Rooster buoyancy aids.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters for generously donating the prizes for the competition.


(Information correct at time of going to press)



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