Review of the RYA Dinghy Show 2019

CYC caught up with Dinghy Section member Ian Lissamore to find out more about his experience of attending the 2019 RYA Dinghy Show, Alexandra Palace, 2-3rd March 2019

What was the main purpose of your visit and did you take anyone with you?
I hadn’t been for a few years, and thought I would check out the latest developments in my own class, Solos, any new dinghy designs and any improved bits of gear or clothing. I went with a friend from CYC, and it was great to share the journey, it’s not the easiest place to get to, and compare notes together, and share lunch. I’d also seen that there were some useful lectures on offer, one by Steve Cockerill from Rooster, and one on exercising for getting fit for sailing.

Would you recommend attending the RYA Dinghy Show and, if so, why? What type of sailor will get the most out of the Show?
The show is the only dinghy show in the world, and I’d recommend going occasionally, so that you can see what’s going on in the dinghy world. There is everything from Olympic classes, to cruising dinghies to model yachts and all manner of clothing and boat bits as well as a whole variety of lectures.

What would be your top tips for anyone thinking of attending next year?
Look at the preview information on their website, to see if there is anything of particular interest to you, so that you can plan your day to make the most effective use of your time. However, the show is not too large to simply wander around and browse as you go. I always try to pick up some new gear, like wet suit boots, which are usually discounted at the show. If you’re a keen racer, it’s always good to spend time on your class stand and chat to the experts there who are always willing to give helpful advice.