Last weekend's RYA Dinghy Sailing Show attracted nearly 11,000 visitors - three per cent up on last year

The RYA is pleased to announce that visitor attendance at the RYA Dinghy Sailing Show, held on the 5-6 March at Alexandra Palace, increased by three per cent on last year’s figures. The winning combination of clubs, classes, commercial exhibitors, live events, coaching clinics and activities attracted 10,793 visitors, signalling a steady rise in attendance.

Jenny Curry, RYA Show Manager said: “This year was fantastic, we’ve had nothing but positive feedback. The show is widely known as the only place to kick off the season and its friendly atmosphere makes it a fun and relaxed day out for anyone interested in dinghy sailing. You can meet with real enthusiasts and chat to people who actually sail the dinghies before you decide which one to buy or which course to take – it really is a must.”

Martin Wadhams of LCD Racing Sailboats commented: ‘It was very good for us – a record breaker I think. We were absolutely flat out on Saturday, and Sunday was steady with some ‘good quality’ people around.”

Brian Turgoose from the Welsh Harp Sailing Association said: ‘We got four clubs to work together to enable us to take one stand at the Show under the Welsh Harp banner. By uniting our local clubs it allowed us to exhibit at the Show, promoting our area and getting together with everyone involved in the dinghy sailing scene. We spoke to lots of people and hope, as a result to have signed up some new members. This is a fantastic opportunity for us and we will definitely return next year.”