Roger Barnes will be talking at the RYA Dinghy Show, which is virtual this year and can be enjoyed for free, viewing on any device over the weekend of 27-28 February.
The virtual main stage will feature Barnes, who is the author of the Dinghy Cruising Companion and is president of the Dinghy Cruising Association.
Barnes will be sharing tales of his latest cruising adventures and offering advice to those interested in following in his wake.
The event will also feature quadriplegic sailor Natasha Lambert who recently crossed the Atlantic Ocean in her specially adapted catamaran ‘Blown Away’.
Meteorologist Simon Rowell returns to share his knowledge on how to use a forecast on the water, while David Henshall will take us back in time to the first ever Dinghy Show in 1951 with his talk on ‘the ‘Seven Ages of Dinghies’.
The virtual RYA Dinghy Show presented by Suzuki and supported by Yachts & Yachting, will be hosted by professional sailor and speaker Hannah Diamond.
Hannah said: “I’m really excited to host this year’s virtual Dinghy Show! With so much of last year’s racing cancelled, the show is the perfect place to prepare to get back on the water whether you’re picking up some coaching tips, hearing from the British Sailing Team or grabbing an amazing deal on some new kit.”
Once registered for free, you can visit the show as many times as you like over the weekend.
Many of the popular event features will remain, including a virtual Main Stage and Knowledge Zone, where world-renowned strategist and Olympic coach Mark Rushall will be talking tactics and explaining the new racing rules of sailing.
Ian Walker will be chatting to a few of his sailing heroes including Santiago Lange, Xu Lijia and a surprise special guest.
We’ll hear from ILCA sailors Alison Young, Elliot Hanson and Lorenzo Chiavarini, who will be giving their top tips on how to sail faster, plus there will be a live webinar with some of the Team GB sailors who will be heading out to Tokyo in the summer.
RYA Show and Promotions Manager Celia Edgington explains: “The show includes a mix of live and pre-recorded talks and will be available from all devices and has no limit on the number of times you log in.”
Visitors can also explore the virtual exhibition halls to connect with boat builders, sailing clubs, class associations, holiday companies and more.
No Dinghy Show would be complete without award presentations and the virtual show includes RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2021, the Concours d’Elegance, live eSailing Winter Club Championship final and competitions throughout the weekend.
You don’t need to install any software to attend the show, however, it will work best using Chrome or Safari and you’ll need a good internet connection. You don’t need a webcam and microphone, but they would make it easier to interact with others.
The show can be accessed from a computer, mobile or tablet. An info desk will help with any technical issues.
Register for free at dinghyshow.org.uk