Please select your home edition
Edition
Beneteau SAIL Sense 51-57 728x90

Activities for kids plentiful at the RYA Dinghy Show

by Emma Slater on 29 Jan 2014
2013 RYA Dinghy Show © Paul Wyeth / RYA http://www.rya.org.uk
If you’re a British youngster who enjoys messing about on the water in a dinghy and want to improve your sailing skills; or perhaps you want to find out how to get started and have an exciting day out, then a trip to the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show could be just the ticket.

Over the weekend of 01-02 March everything you ever wanted to know about dinghy sailing, all the kit you’ve ever wanted to buy and all the best dinghies will be crammed into Alexandra Palace in London for the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show.

There are talks and demonstrations, plenty of things to buy and look at and loads of different activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Before you even get to the show you could be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize package in the ‘RS Tera Design a Sail competition’ which includes an RS Tera dinghy worth £1,735 and in a new twist for 2014 RS Sailing will also loan a further two dinghies to the winner’s sailing club for the 2014 season (April – November). If you’re not a member of a sailing club RS Sailing will help arrange membership at your local sailing club for you and loan the dinghies to that club for the period. All you need to do is download an entry form from the RYA website here and come up with a snazzy sail design for the RS Tera in the picture and make sure you post or email your entry back to the RYA by 24 February. All entries will be displayed at the show and we will announce the winner on the main stage on Saturday 01 March; it’s that simple, so get designing!

If you’re new to sailing then 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 and understanding some of the ‘jargon’! There’s also a fantastic competition where you could win a whole heap of dinghy sailing goodies including:

• Star Prize – A Topaz Taz donated by Topper Sailboats International Ltd
• Wetsuit, Boots, Spraytop and buoyancy aid from Gul
• Start Sailing course, courtesy of SWAC
• Years free subscription to Yachts & Yachting magazine
• Sailing kit bag, sailing watch and sunglasses from Ronstan
• A pair of deck shoes from Deck Shoes Unlimited
• A year’s free junior membership to Datchet Water Sailing Club
• Family membership to the RYA and a selection of RYA Publications… and if that isn’t enough we will be adding to the prize right up until the show in March.

If however you’ve already set your sights on Olympic gold then check out the ‘Starting to Race’ talk on the main stage packed with loads of great racing tips and advice or pop along to the RYA Youth stand to find out more about the RYA Youth Programme and how you can get involved in racing and developing your skills. You can also have a go on the RYA Volvo Sail for Gold virtual sailing simulator; get your hands on the tiller and race against your friends.


Talking of Olympic Gold keep your eyes peeled for some of the British Sailing Team sailors campaigning for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, who will be visiting the RYA Youth Stand and hanging out around the show throughout the weekend. It’s the perfect place to ask them your burning questions, get an autograph or simply say hi; so come along and see who you can spot!

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 see if you can get to the top of the leader board? It costs just £1.00 with the money going to the John Merricks Sailing trust. You might prefer to hang-out on the RYA Magic Marine Trapeze Rig where you can pick up pointers from the experts to hone your trapezing skills, or how about having a go on the RS Sailing Simulator? The simulator is a real RS Quba dinghy to give you a life-like feel for the motion of a boat, without getting wet and its great fun.

For the super sleuths amongst you track down the clues in the ‘Bob the Buoy’ Treasure Hunt. Collect the clues from around the show and you could win some amazing goodies! RYA Junior mascot ‘Bob the Buoy’ will be at the show all weekend giving you a hand on the Treasure Hunt, see if you can spot him and give him a high five!

Finally great news, if you’re aged 16 or under then you can experience all this for FREE. To find out more about what’s on at the show, ticket prices or to book tickets online, click here or call the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.

Want to win tickets to the show? Then visit our Facebook Page and take part in our caption competition. Each week we’ll post a new picture for you to come up with a fun caption for and our favourite will win two tickets to the 2014 show.
RYA website

Sail Exchange 660x82 New SailsZhik AkzoNobelb 660x82Auckland On the Water Boat Show

Related Articles

Get these items on sale while you still can
The best fit, fabric weight and functionality in a stylish, unique and modern design. Much more than a facelift! Hobart 3 Jacket is the successful evolution of the classic Hobart Jacket. Next to the material and colour mix, there is a new offshore collar, the brand new WP Pocket System and two in one in-zip option, which advance the Hobart 3 Jacket to the next level. A new standard and great value!
Posted today at 3:29 pm
Musto Warehouse Sale - Up to 50% off!
Musto Sydney Warehouse Sale - Up to 50% off! Featuring discounts on premium technical sailing jackets and trousers Musto Sydney Warehouse Sale - Up to 50% off! Featuring discounts on premium technical sailing jackets and trousers, lifestyle clothing, equestrian clothing, accessories and footwear.
Posted today at 7:29 am
Int Moth Worlds - Zhik returns to its spiritual home at 2017 Worlds
Zhik is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships Zhik, the innovative sailing apparel specialist, is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships. And, ten years on, the Moths are returning to their spiritual home on Lake Garda. Zhik and the International Moth class are virtually synonymous with each other.
Posted on 20 Jul
Plenty on offer at the Brisbane Boat Show
Only a few weeks away, Brisbane Boat Show looks like being better than ever when it runs this year from 25 to 27 August. Only a few weeks away, Brisbane Boat Show looks like being better than ever when it runs this year from 25 to 27 August.
Posted on 20 Jul
Adventure awaits at the Sydney International Boat Show
Sydney Int'l Boat Show celebrates its 50th year in 2017. The show will be hosting a number of fantastic presenters The Sydney International Boat Show celebrates its 50th year in 2017. The show will be hosting a number of fantastic presenters who exemplify the adventurous spirit. In particular, Michelle Lee and Lisa Blair will be on stage to share their incredible stories.
Posted on 20 Jul
World Sailing confirms strong presence at Yacht Racing Forum 2017
The tenth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum, in Aarhus, Denmark will reassemble the sport’s key personalities and actors The tenth edition of the Yacht Racing Forum, in Aarhus, Denmark (November 27-28) will once again reassemble the sport’s key personalities and actors, including a strong delegation of World Sailing representatives.
Posted on 19 Jul
New BR2 generation
The new generation of sailing. Our BR2 Jackets will protect you against the elements when sailing offshore. The new generation of sailing. Our BR2 Jackets will protect you against the elements when sailing offshore.
Posted on 15 Jul
Bienvenue PONANT - Luxury French cruise line partners with CYCA
Embodying the pioneering spirit of PONANT, the 1064 nautical mile, category one race will start on Sydney Harbour The world leader in luxury expeditions, PONANT, has been confirmed as the title sponsor of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race (PSNYR), due to take place next year.
Posted on 14 Jul
Beneteau showcases new models at this year's Sydney Boat Show
Beneteau has a very impressive display of seven sail and power boats, including three models on show for the first time The new sailing boats on display are the Oceanis 41.1 and Oceanis 38.1 , which set a new standard in cruising comfort, safety, ease of sailing and volume plus the ever popular Oceanis 45 and the unique Sense 50/51.
Posted on 14 Jul
Introducing the Profurl NEX 6.X Top Down Furler – When less is more
Less is more is what the Profurl designers had in mind when they developed the new range of NEX top down furlers Less is more is what the Profurl designers had in mind when they developed the new range of NEX top down curlers. Wichard Pacific showcased the new NEX6.X top down furler at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show and thought this would be an opportune time to provide more detail.
Posted on 13 Jul