If you love messing about on the water in a dinghy and want to learn how to improve your skills, or perhaps you want to find out how to get started and have an exciting day out, then a trip to the RYA Dinghy Show is for you.
Every March, everyone and anyone who is interested in dinghy sailing pack their bags and head to Alexandra Palace in London for the only show in the world that is all about dinghy sailing and nothing else.
There are all kind of boats to see, kit and gadgets to buy, talks and coaching sessions to take part in and competitions and fun activities to enjoy – you might even bump in to some of the 2012 Team GB Olympic sailors!
Where to start?
If you’re just getting started pop along to the ‘Start Sailing’ coaching session where you’ll learn some of the basics before hitting the water, from points of sail and wind directions to steering.
But if you’ve already set your sights on Olympic gold then check out the ‘Going for Gold’ talk on the main stage to find out what’s involved in reaching your Olympic dream, with 2012 Olympic silver medallists Saskia Clark on Saturday and Luke Patience on Sunday.
Take on a challenge
If you’re a whizz at building things then the Holt Blow Boat Challenge would be a perfect choice for you. Here you can design and build your own boat out of paper and straws before racing it along a narrow, water filled pipe against other challengers. It’s wicked fun and very exciting. Perhaps you could challenge mum or dad to a race?
Or maybe you’re a bit of a super sleuth and can track down the clues in the pirate-themed Treasure Hunt. Collect the clues from around the show and you could win some amazing goodies! Come to the show in pirate fancy dress and you might also win a prize for being the best-dressed pirate at the show.
RYA Youth and Junior membership
Want to join the RYA? Well we now have special memberships just for younger members.
Junior – up to age of 11. As a Junior member you’ll receive a welcome pack containing an activity book and you’ll also be sent a quarterly newsletter with all the latest news. You’ll also have your own dedicated area on the RYA website where you’ll find games, top tips and lots more.
Youth – 12 to 17 age group. As a Youth member you’ll receive a welcome pack containing an RYA Book of Knots, special e-bulletins, and have a dedicated area on the RYA website packed with top tips, competitions and even careers advice for those of you thinking about working on the water.
Find out more at www.rya.org.uk and click on join and renew.
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