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Flying Start to Season as Thousands Come Together in Farnborough for 2024 RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show

26th February 2024
Guest speakers found a rapt audience at the 2024 RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show
Guest speakers found a rapt audience at the 2024 RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show Credit: Paul Wyeth

Farnborough International welcomed a vibrant celebration of small boat sailing and board sports at the weekend as thousands descended on the RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show supported by Sunsail (24-25 February).

The much-loved season-opening show brought together passion, knowledge and a thriving sense of community, with some 8,900 attendees seeking out opportunities to learn, shop and network to get the most out of their time on the water.

Featuring dinghy sailing, windsurfing, wingsurfing and foiling as well as paddle boarding, the show brings together participants, clubs, training centres, class associations, equipment manufacturers and retailers from right across the small boat sailing and watersports community, all sharing their skills and expertise and helping more people spend more time afloat.

The show expanded to see 171 exhibitors joining this 2024 edition, with visitors from all over the UK as well as overseas including from France, Norway, Spain, Bermuda and Singapore.

During the weekend, the 1948 Olympic Firefly ‘Jacaranda’ was the winner of the prestigious Concours d’Elegance — best boat in show — while Draycote Water Sailing Club was crowned the RYA Club of the Year, one of a number of awards presented at the show.

In celebration of its new partnership with the RYA, UK sailing holiday firm Sunsail is offering RYA members and attendees of the RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show the chance to win a seven-night bareboat charter holiday from Dubrovnik in Croatia. Find out more and enter on the RYA website HERE.

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