Tuesday, 14 April 2015

RYA Dinghy Cruising Videos

Following on from the RYA Dinghy Show, they seam keen as ever to encourage dinghy cruising having released videos on the talks from the show. Enjoy. 

Monday, 13 April 2015

RYA Dinghy Show 2015

In March I was fortunate enough to go to the 2015 RYA Dinghy show at Alexandra Palace, I have been previous years but this year has been the most enjoyable yet as there was a particular focus on dinghy cruising.  There was loads to see and do. 

A segregated area of the show refereed to as the  dinghy cruising corridor included a stand by the Dinghy Cruising Association featuring Roger Barns boat Avel Dro, having read Rogers book "The Dinghy Cruising Companion - Tales and Advice from Sailing a Small Open Boat''  it was really good to meet Roger in person and chat to him about the DCA. I also met a couple of other DCA members and hope to join them on some rallies in Quest when she is finished!

Also featured in the Cruising Corridor was Hafren, a 16 foot wayfarer which sailed around the UK in a record time of 32 days. I met the skippers Jeremy Warren and Phillip Kirk who were very enthusiastic about dinghy cruising and more ambitious passages in small open boats, coining the term 'adventure sailing' to describe such trips. 

I also had the opportunity to speak to Ralph Roberts who sailed his wayfarer from London to Helsinki. But if all that wasn't enough I also got the opportunity to listen in to some talks from the above sailors, seeing how they had modified there boats and listening to there experiences was very informative, I hope that other listeners were as inspired as I was to take to the water and see where your boat takes you.