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News / Less than a month to the only dedicated dinghy sho

There are just 17 more days (or 18 sleeps!) until the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2011, 5-6 March, held at the magnificent Alexandra Palace, London.

Come and visit the extended Fireball stand D6 in the Great Hall!

Alongside more than 200 exhibitors, in some 12,000 sq. metres of halls, there are some fantastic talks and presentations covering topics from simply putting your boat together, to honing your skills to get advantage at the start line and improving body condition to sail harder and faster.

You’ll also have the chance to see some spectacular boats from the old time classics of the Cherub Class who will be showcasing 60 years of the history with a selection of boats from across the decades, to the breath taking ‘Invictus’, the only C- Class wing sail Catamaran in Europe.

If you fancy something more hands on then register your place for the Volvo Towing Clinic or pick up some DIY tips over in the Boat Workshop.

Younger visitors can enjoy taking part in the great Diamond Treasure Hunt, with some amazing prizes on offer or build and race their own boat in the Holt Blow Boat Challenge.

There’s even the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your sailing heroes who will be hanging out at the show ready to answer your questions, including: two times Olympic Gold medallist Sarah Gosling (nee Webb), Team Volvo for life sailors; 2009 World Champion and Olympic Bronze medallist Nick Dempsey and Paralympic sailor Helena Lucas, Skandia Team GBR’s Penny Clark and round the world sailor Mike Golding.

And that’s just the tip of the dinghy show iceberg! The Show will also be celebrating its 60th birthday this year and we would love you to come join us in the celebrations and unwrap your sailing season.

Tickets are still available so get yours now. Tickets bought in advance cost just £11.00 for adults (£9.00 for RYA members and £8.00 for RYA Gold members), children 16 or under; accompanied by an adult, just £5.00 a ticket and go 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 £7.00 child, but if you want to beat the queues and save money then book online now at or call the ticket hotline on 0844 811 0409.

Win great prizes

Once again by booking in advance you could also help your club win some fantastic prizes. Anyone buying a ticket in advance up until midnight on 4th March 2011 will be able to nominate their sailing club to be in with a chance of winning. Thanks’ to show sponsors Volvo plus Suzuki, Rigiflex, Mersea Trailers and Rooster Sailing, clubs will be placed into one of the three prize draw groups depending upon the number of tickets sold and nominations made.

Clubs could win:

10 - 20 tickets sold CLUB CAN WIN Set of 10 Rooster Sailing buoyancy aids
20 – 30 tickets sold CLUB CAN WIN A set of Volvo race marks
30 or more tickets sold CLUB CAN WIN Safety Boat Package comprising: Suzuki 9.9hp Outboard engine, Rigiflex New Matic 360 motor boat and trailer from Mersea Trailers

Just nominate your club when you book your tickets (for group bookings please use the telephone hotline) and you could help your club win one of these great prizes.

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.

So make a date in your diary now and come celebrate 60 years of the show with us. For all the show information visit



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