The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2012

The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show is the only dinghy show in the world!


Britain topped the sailing medal table in 2008, hopes were high for 2012. The Show featured a display of Olympic boats, talks from medallists and hopefuls for the summer’s Games.

Saskia Clarke

Olympic hopeful Saskia Clarke has been encouraging youngsters to get involved in the sport at this year’s Show.

Along with her partner Hannah Mills she’s going for gold in the 470 category at the 2012 Games.
Our reporter Anna Sills joined her at the show:

Saskia Clarke 470 Olympic sailor

Paul Goodison

Paul was part of the team inspiring young sailors.

The world number one Laser competitor was talking at the event just months ahead of the 2012 Games.
Paul Goodison in conversation

“Killer Shrimps”

These aliens are starting to encroach on UK waters, threatening marine life.  Visitors will get a chance to see a killer shrimp in the flesh and hear how to prevent them taking over British waters.

Boaters across the UK are being asked to keep an eye out for killer shrimps.

The tiny water creatures are alien to the UK and are threatening British marine life.

Visitors to this weekend’s RYA Volvo Dinghy Show in London will get their first chance to see them and hear how to prevent them spreading.

Jane Swan from “Green Blue”

Jane Swan and the killer shrimp
Tow safely

Thousands of people tow their boats around the country to compete and sail for pleasure. Former British Touring Car Champion Robb Gravetts gives some sound advice on safe towing.

More events from the Show at

Alexandra Palace, London from 3 – 4 March 2012, it will be open on: Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Listen to the podcast here:
RYA Volvo Dinghy Podcast

Topper Award

15 year old Laurence Logan was chatting to our reporter after claiming victory in the National Series for the Topper category.

He picked up the award at the Show and said it was quite a surprise …
Laurence Logan talks with Anna Sills at the show