This weekend Alexandra Palace will become the centre of all things dinghy sailing

The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show, at Alexandra Palace, London, opens tomorrow, with more than 200 exhibitors, in some 12,000 sq. metres of halls – showcasing all the very latest boats, books and kit.

Being the only show in the world dedicated exclusively to all things dinghy sailing, whether you’re young or old, novice or pro, cruiser or racer, it’s the perfect way to start the 2011 season.

There will be talks and presentations lined up from some of the dinghy sailing world’s best sailors and coaches – from putting your new boat together and perfecting your rig tuning, to honing your skills to get advantage at the start line and improving body condition.

The halls will be packed with 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 the breath taking ‘Invictus’, the only C- Class wing sail Catamaran in Europe to some of the latest dinghy designs on the market.

CLICK HERE to watch the Show Preview.

“The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show is always a highlight in any dinghy enthusiast’s calendar, with a great range of workshops and resources to really bring the show to life. I look forward to attending on the 5 March for a great day out,” said double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Gosling (nee Webb).


Tickets bought in advance cost £11.00 for adults (£9.00 for RYA members and £8.00 for RYA Gold members). Children 16 or under, accompanied by an adult, pay £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.

Book online at or call the ticket hotline on 0844 811 0409.

Tickets can also be purchased on the door for £13.00 adult and £7.00 child.

Win prizes

By booking in advance you could also help your club win some fantastic prizes. Anyone buying a ticket in advance up until midnight tonight (4 March) 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
21 – 30 tickets sold CLUB CAN WIN A set Volvo race marks
31 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).