Are you feeling the winter chills? Or have you made it your mission to upskill this year?
We preview some of the holidays and courses on offer from exhibitors at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show this February (24-25 February) at Farnborough International.
Whether you’re a novice or an experienced sailor, there’s something for all ages.
Dream of sun-soaked sailing destinations
Escape with Sailing Holidays for flotilla holidays designed for families, couples and groups, give the freedom to navigate the enchanting Greek Islands. Enjoy double discounts for under 18s on their two-week flotillas. Find out more on stand L43.
Travel to Seafarer Holidays on stand M34, for their Nikiana Beach Club experience on Greece’s Lefkada Island. Enjoy affordable one- or two-week sailing and windsurfing getaways with an extensive equipment selection. Prefer flotilla holidays? Join group sails in Greece, Croatia, Thailand, or Turkey with expert support. Explore skipper qualifications through RYA training courses in Greece, Croatia, and the UK.
Ensure a worry-free sailing experience with Bishop Skinner Marine on stand F12. Providing tailored travel insurance designed for water activities, their coverage includes single or multi-trip options, long-term medical repatriation, and enhanced benefits for RYA Gold members. You can enjoy unrestricted European or worldwide coverage, including offshore sailing and racing.
Immerse yourself in a week on water with Rockley Watersports LTD. Their five-day residential package, located at Rockley Point Centre, offers an all-inclusive five-day programme designed for those wanting to start their sailing journey or improve their sailing skills, whilst at the same time, having fun and making friends. Full board accommodation and evening entertainment included. Book for £550pp on stand H14.
For ages 10-14 years, Calshot Activities Centre will be showcasing ‘Sailing Adventure Week Residential’ that offers specialised sailing instruction under the guidance of experienced and qualified instructors. Find out more on stand O30.
Learn the ropes in the UK
Lagoon Watersports, in Brighton Marina provides RYA courses in sailing, yachting, powerboating, and personal water craft, along with charters and trips. At their Hove Lagoon location, check out their coaching for all levels in wakeboarding, windsurfing, sailing, SUPing, and wing foiling. With a shallow, sheltered area, it’s an ideal location for learning. Find out more on Stand P32.
New to sailing and want to take the first step on board? Get a 20% discount on courses at Calshot Activities Centre (stand O30). Their Adult Start Sailing RYA Level 1 course is an ideal start for adults entering the world of sailing. Youngsters aged 8-16 can enrol in the RYA Youth Windsurfing Stage 1, while the RYA Start Sailing Stage 1 is tailored for ages 7-16, and provide a perfect introduction to sailing basics.
Visit Royal Harwich Yacht Club on stand C20. A premier East Coast yacht, keelboat and dinghy club offering a full RYA training programme from RYA Start Sailing Stage 1 through to RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore. Take part in their prize draw at the show, with a chance to win a free year’s membership.
Shhhh… go and find ‘Britain’s best kept sailing secret’
Discover ‘Britain’s best-kept sailing secret’ with Broads Sailing, on stand R20 offering fleets available for charter in Norfolk, whether bareboat or skippered. If you’re a dinghy sailor, this offers an excellent choice for an enjoyable family summer sailing adventure. Take 10% off all short breaks and weeklong sailing holidays booked at the Show.
Chart your career
Are you an aspiring RYA Instructor? Rockley Watersports LTD on stand H14, will be presenting show-only offer of a RYA Dinghy Instructor Package that encompasses the; ‘RYA Pre Entry Training and Assessment,’ ‘RYA First Aid,’ ‘RYA Powerboat Level 2’, ‘RYA Dinghy Instructor Course’, and ‘RYA Safe and Fun’ Safeguarding Course priced at £940 when booked at the Show.
Take your training to the next level at UKSA. As a maritime charity and the world’s largest RYA training centre, UKSA’s course offering is vast from dinghy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, powerboating and stand up paddleboarding, and shorebased courses. UKSA offers the perfect training base, find out more on stand G14.
Get flying on foils
Andrew Simpson Centres on stand R26, introduce their RYA SailFoil First Flights at their Portsmouth and Reading centres. Their RYA Wingsurf and wingfoil Courses are aimed at complete beginners, introducing windsurfing, and developing the skills needed to WingFoil with confidence. Get 10% off when booking during the Show.
Find out more about foiling with Performance Academy, on stand L34. Supported by SailingFast and the WASZP Class Association, the Athena Foiling Pathway WASZP Taster Sessions are tailored to under 18s and offers a perfect opportunity for junior sailors to have an introduction to foiling.
For all your destination dreams the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show has you covered. View the full list of exhibitors here.
RYA Members can access a complimentary ticket worth £21 for one or both days of the event, while kids aged 15 and go free! Get your show ticket now.