Boats, kit and expertise under one roof at the RYA Dinghy Show
Did you know that the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show is the only exhibition in the world dedicated exclusively to the sport of dinghy sailing? The show held annually at Alexandra Palace in north London (28 Feb and 1 March this year) is the ideal place to gear up for the start of the new sailing season. It’s a joyful gathering of sailors - from beginners to experienced racers – and you will also meet and learn from boat makers, sailing clubs, and sailing equipment suppliers keen to show off their latest kit.
Get chatting to sailing clubs
This is a great place for novices to talk to the experts and find out what’s happening on the water near them. The many clubs and classes exhibiting at the show will be able to provide all the information needed, from training courses and taster sessions to volunteering opportunities and social events.
Looking for sailwear and kit?
This year you will find plenty of sailwear specialists who can help you get kitted out in everything from base layers to buoyancy aids. Look out for LDC Sailing (B70), Gull Watersport Ltd (C60) and Gill UK (B42). The show marks the UK launch of the Lennon Performance Products British designed competition wetsuits and base layers (B60) while Rooster Sailing (B66) showcase their new PROLite Aquafleece® (see image left). Mersea Trailers (D24) officially launch their new range of aluminium trolleys for combination trailers and Rain and Shine Ltd (A20) showcase for the first time their new range of extra deep covers to keep the suns UV off your dinghy. We could go on and on but come along to the show and see all the great new kit and gadgets on offer.
Anniversaries being celebrated at the show
Many of the show’s exhibitors will also be celebrating at the show including headline sponsors Suzuki, who will also be celebrating their 50th anniversary at the show. Clamcleats Ltd (H28/30) also celebrate 50 years of rope cleats expertise, with the 4000 UK Class Association (B64) e celebrating its 20th anniversary and the Miracle Class (C52) celebrating their 40th anniversary. While over on the Challenger Class Association Stand (G18) there will be cake for their 35th anniversary celebrations and Salcombe Yacht Club (B17) celebrate a whopping 120 years of the Salcombe Yacht Club Henri Lloyd Regatta.
Learn about the BAR Visitor Centre taking shape in Portsmouth
Visitors are expected to flock to the interactive BAR stand (F12) offering a taster of what will be on offer at the Visitor Centre at their new HQ when it opens in Portsmouth in July.
On the stand you’ll find activities for all ages, with an energy and technology display that includes a power grinder and 3D printer, two of the exhibits the team are developing for the BAR Visitor Centre.
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Butler Boats showcasing boats around the show...
Look out for ‘Composite Streaker’ - now built and awaiting a final fit out and polish up.
Dave Butler’s Miracle; 'Mayhem' 4060 will be taking pride of place on the Miracle Stand (C52) and Butler Boat’s FRP Streaker will be on display on the Streaker Stand (C66).
The Farr 3.7 is again making an appearance and an impression, they hope! With composite Farr hulls under development Butler Boats are looking forward to offering the Farr as a part built kit for the home builder or a fully fitted out ready to race option.
....Spinlock launching Wing and Foil PFD buoyancy aids at RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show
Spinlock will showcase a new category of 50N personal flotation devices as part of its growing Deckware collection (Stand B80).
With sailors increasingly on board faster and more technical keelboats and dinghies, their requirement for PFD’s to perform at the highest level of athleticism, required a fresh approach to PFD design.
Focusing on high speed, high impact and high agility sports, the two styles WING and FOIL have been developed to provide the latest in PFD equipment for this new generation of sailing. The compact minimalist design of the new 50N flotation vests provide the required buoyancy with little impact on the crew’s performance in high action situations.
WING (side zip) and FOIL (front zip) both use new stretch materials to ensure a close body fit. Tapered foam and tailoring, coupled with snag free hidden adjustment, offer an ultra-low profile finish. Distinctive in their monochrome colour block and structured shaping, WING and FOIL both offer streamlined pockets, internal grip print, and ‘dry coated’ materials to reduce water absorption.
BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) crews will be training wearing the new ‘WING’ buoyancy aid on-board the Nacra 20, AC45 and Extreme 40, trialling modifications to incorporate into the final PFDs for racing on-board the AC62 as part of our partnership as Official Supplier of Personal Protective Equipment.
For a full list of all the show exhibitors’ click here - Exhibitors 2015
Tickets for the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show cost £11.50 in advance (£9.50 for RYA Members) with children under 16 free all weekend. You can buy tickets on the website or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.