RYA Goes Virtual

The first virtual RYA Dinghy Show takes place this month.

Taking place over the weekend of 27 – 28 February, professional sailor and speaker Hannah Diamond will host  the virtual show.

Hannah said: “With so much of last year’s racing cancelled, the show is the perfect place to prepare to get back on the water whether you are picking up some coaching tips, hearing from the British Sailing Team or grabbing an amazing deal on some new kit.”

On the virtual Main Stage and in the Knowledge Zone, you will find RYA Dinghy Show favourites including world-renowned strategist and Olympic Coach Mark Rushall, who will be talking tactics and explaining the new racing rules of sailing.

The British Sailing Team’s meteorologist Simon Rowell returns to share his knowledge on how to use a forecast on the water and  All at Sea’s David Henshall will take boaters back in time to the first ever Dinghy Show in 1951 with his talk on the ‘Seven Ages of Dinghies’.

There is also a live webinar with members of the British Sailing Team including athletes selected to represent Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Plus, join windsurfing coach Sam Ross as he interviews the British Sailing Team’s Emma Wilson and Tom Squires who will be competing at Tokyo in the RS:X class. They will be joined by windsurfing legend and Olympian Dave Hackford for a live discussion on how the sport has progressed over the years and the introduction of new watersports including wing foiling.

The virtual main stage will feature President of the Dinghy Cruising Association, Roger Barnes, who will be sharing tales of his latest cruising adventures, and award-winning quadriplegic sailor Natasha Lambert who recently crossed the Atlantic Ocean in her specially adapted catamaran Blown Away.

RYA show and promotions manager Celia Edgington said: “The show includes a mix of live and pre-recorded talks and will be available from all devices and has no limit on the number of times you log in. You can enjoy the talks and coaching sessions that interest you most from wherever you are.”

Along with the talks, visitors can also explore the virtual exhibition halls to connect with boat builders, sailing clubs, class associations, holiday companies and more.

Visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk to register and visit the free virtual show.

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