RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2012

The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, in association with Suzuki and Yachts & Yachting, is the only place to be over the weekend of 3-4 March if you’re into dinghy sailing.

Showcasing all the very best that the dinghy sailing world has to offer, from kit, boats and gear to expert analysis and insight on the Volvo 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 over 200 sailing clubs, classes and associations, chandlers and boat builders and a whole host of exhibitors, all under one roof.

What to expect from the show in 2012?

We will be celebrating our nations Olympic and Paralympic sailing heritage with the RYA’s ‘Our Sporting Life – Sail for Gold’ exhibition.  On display in Palm Court the exhibition consists of photos and memorabilia through the ages from pre-first world war through to our present day champions.

Showcasing items kindly shared with us by past Olympic and Paralympic sailors including legend Rodney Pattisson, Keith Musto, Andy Cassell, Mike McIntyre and Alistair Currey, amongst others.

In the West corridor there will be a fantastic centenary celebration display of Jack Holt designed dinghies, kids can enjoy the ever popular treasure hunt or they can relax and surf the net in the Volvo Chill-Out Bubble. Here you can also find out more about some of the country’s top sailors on the Volvo Sailing App.

There will be special visit from Team Volvo’s and Skandia Team GBR’s 470 pairing Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills. The top sailors will take time out of their busy training schedules to head to the show for the whole weekend to inspire and motivate the next generation of sailors. The Girls, who teamed up early 2011 to campaign together, will take to the Volvo main stage for an Olympic Catch up and Q&A focusing on how they are preparing mentally and physically ahead of the games. There will also be opportunities for one on one coaching with the Team in the Volvo Chill-Out Bubble.

We have some great competitions taking place too.  In the RS Design a Sail competition you could win an RS Tera, or take part in the Portsmouth Yardstick draw and you could win a laptop for your club.  Find out more by having a chat with the RYA’s Technical Team in the Panorama Hall.

You could also take part in the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show SailX Championship.  In this virtual regatta, race online against friends, family, fellow club members or other dinghy sailors.  Check out www.sailx.com/ryavolvodinghyshow to find out more.

“The show has a really unique atmosphere and with the Games on the horizon and guest appearances from Team GBR and Team Volvo sailors, it will have an added buzz about it this year.  So as well as being a great place to get up close to your sailing heroes, you can check out all the latest equipment, boats and kits; meet up with friends, win great prizes and chat with class associations, have fun and much more, all under one roof”, commented Helen Waterhouse, RYA Volvo Dinghy Show Manager.

Pick up top tips from the experts

As has come to be expected from the show there is great line up of talks from some of the sports leading experts, coaches and sailors.

What’s on when?

Volvo Main Stage Hall 2 (West Hall) – at the heart of the show

10.00 Show opens
10.30 Oliver’s Travels – Sailing around the UK for charity – Olly Rofix tells us how he not only beat leukaemia but also sailed around Britain single-handed in a Valiant 18 for charity
11.15 Technology and Tactics – Billy Aylward explains how you can use GPS tracking to hone your racing tactics
12.00 Sail for Gold & Olympic preview – relive and celebrate past Olympic and Paralympic success and look forward to the London 2012 Games (speakers to be confirmed)
12.45 Professional driving & towing – Former British touring car champion Robb Gravett gives you all the information you need to be confident while towing
13.30 Prize draws and presentations
13.45 Jack Holt centenary celebration – Industry and class experts give the low down on how and why Jack Holt was so influential on design of so many popular dinghies
14.30 Olympic medal racing: the rules and tactics – Chris Watts shares his top tips to keep you competitive in your own club racing
15.15 RYA Volvo Dinghy Show SailX competition final – The culmination of the virtual regatta will take place live on the Volvo Main Stage with commentary from Mark Jardine and Hugh Styles
16.15 Treasure Hunt presentation
16.45 Volvo RYA Champion Club presentation (Saturday only)
16.50 RYA Club of the Year Award presentation – presenting prizes to the top five clubs and announcing the overall winner (Saturday only)

RYA Coaching Area Hall 1 (Panorama Hall) – the part of the show where you can get up close and personal with our resident RYA experts

11.00 Basic Rig Tuning – Grahame Forshaw
12.00 Trapezing tips – Ant Chapman
13.00 Portsmouth Yardstick – Bas Edmonds
14.00 Improving your core stability – Matt McGovern
15.00 Wetsuit and drysuit repairs – Andark Diving and Watersports
16.00 Setting the spinnaker – Grahame Forshaw

Whatever your age and sailing ability there really is something for everyone, so book your ticket now.  For more information and to book your tickets visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 811 0409.

For more information about Boating and Sailing Shows please visit www.sailinginfo4all.co.uk


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