by Emma Slater
The start of the RYA Dinghy Show 2013, when Alexandra Palace in London becomes the centre of all things dinghy sailing, gets underway in just five days time.
RYA Dinghy Show 2013 poster
The show, in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki, takes place over the weekend of 02-03 March when more than 200 exhibitors, in some 12,000 sq. metres of halls will be showcasing all the very latest boats, books, kit and more.
Being the only show in the world dedicated exclusively to all things dinghy, the RYA Dinghy Show is right at the heart of dinghy sailing and whether you’re young or old, novice or pro, cruiser or racer, it’s the perfect way to kick start the 2013 season.
There are some fantastic talks and presentations lined up with expert analysis and insight on the Main Stage, while over in the Coaching areas some of dinghy sailing’s leading experts and coaches will be sharing their top tips on a host of topics from getting started and trapezing, to rig tuning and getting boat fit.
The halls will be packed to the rafters with some spectacular boats from the old time classics to the very latest in design, including a fantastic display of Mirror dinghies from across the ages in the West Corridor to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mirror Class Association.
There are loads of activities for the kids too including the Holt Blow Boat Challenge, Pirate Treasure Hunt and Fancy Dress Competition, Model Boat Racing and much more.
There are also a whole host of competitions for you to take part in leading up to the show and throughout the weekend. So if that whets your appetite then book your tickets today.
Tickets brought in advance cost just £11.00 for adults (£9.00 for RYA members). Children 16 or under; accompanied by an adult, just £5.00 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 £13.00 adult and £6.50 child, but if you want to beat the queues and save money then book online or by calling the ticket hotline on 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 £5.00 for children (RYA child members go free all weekend).
You can purchase advance tickets, online or via the ticket hotline, up until midnight on Friday 01 March
Win great prizes for your club: Anyone buying a ticket in advance will be able to nominate their sailing club to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes. The more club members that buy advance tickets, the bigger the prize potential for the nominated club in the draw.
• Bring 30 people…and your club could be in with a chance of winning a Rigiflex safety boat and Suzuki out board engine
• Bring 20 people…and your club could be in with a chance of winning a set of racing marks sponsored by Allen Brothers
• Bring 10 people…. and your club could be in with a chance of winning 10 Rooster buoyancy aids
Simply select your club from the list when buying your tickets online and you could help your club win one of these great prizes.
The deadline for nominating clubs for the prize draw is midnight Wednesday 27 February
Don’t worry if you’re not a member of a club; if you’re passionate about dinghy sailing or simply want to find out about getting started, then book your tickets now and come visit the show; there really is something for everyone.
Make a date in your diary now and join us at the show for an action packed day. For all the latest show information click here.