If you’re visiting the Southampton Boat Show this year, 16-25 September, make sure you pay a visit to the RYA (Stand BO32).


To kick off the week, after officially opening the show (Preview Day 16 September), members of the British Sailing Team, fresh from the Rio 2016 Games, will be visiting the RYA Stand and Members’ Lounge (Holiday Inn Hotel), so drop by and pick up an autograph or two and maybe grab a selfie with your sailing hero.


Then on Saturday (17 September) at 14.00 we will be presenting the prizes to the winners of the 2016 ilovesailing calendar competition.  Pick up your copy of the 2017 calendar and you’ll also receive your very own ilovesailing Union Jack rubber duck for free! (Stocks are limited so make sure you get yours early!)

Who doesn't love a rubber duck?
Who doesn’t love a rubber duck?

On Sunday (18 September) following the success of the 2016 ARC Channel Islands Rally, hosted by World Cruising Club (WCC) in association with RYA Active Marina, drop by the RYA Members’ Lounge on Sunday 18 September (located in the Holiday Inn) between 4-5pm and find out all you need to know about the 2017 Rally.

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While on Sunday 25 September it’s blast off for the final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship 2016 (on the water off Berth 101) were the 28 regional finalists aged eight to 16 will put their RIB driving skills to the test in the hopes of being crowned champion.  Pop down to the water’s edge to cheer them on, the action takes place from 09.30, with prize giving on the Honda stand (C66) at approx. 17.00.

RYA Honda Youth Rib 2015
RYA Honda Youth Rib 2015

The RYA Stand can be found right at the heart of the show, adjacent to the RYA Members’ Lounge in the Holiday Inn Hotel, where you will have access to a wealth of advice and information, from taking your first steps to how you can improve the boating you do.  Chat to members of staff about training courses, find out where to get started or get the answers to your boating questions.


On the stand you can also find out more about RYA SafeTrx, the mobile vessel tracking solution; what’s new for 2016 and how this little app can be a great addition to your sailing must have’s.


The publications team will also be showcasing the brand new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 book and introducing the new rules app.  Find out what’s new and be one of the first to own a copy.  Register now for updates on availability, news on digital versions and special offers www.rya.org.uk/go/racingbooks  RYA members also enjoy 20% discount on all RYA publications and eBooks (collect your eBook discount voucher at the show).

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As well as a whole host of titles available at the show, you will also be able to pick up a copy of the new RYA Racing for Yachts and Keelboats, crammed full of everything you need to know as skipper or crew to get you started in big boat racing.


The show will also mark the official launch of the RYA’s new look membership.  With striking new membership cards and a host of new membership categories.  Visit the stand or RYA Members’ lounge where all will be revealed (more information coming soon.)


We will also be welcoming a number of RYA member reward partners to the lounge through the week to tell you more about their great offers, with visits from the likes of Sebago, Spinlock and Gill.


And if that’s not enough, members also enjoy:

  • Private table service dining area
  • Self-service cloakroom
  • Dedicated lounge area to sit and relax
  • Easy access to a Starbucks coffee station and the Holiday Inn bar if you fancy something a bit stronger!
  • Access to the Holiday Inn’s Spirit Health Club throughout the duration of the show, including gym, sauna, pool and Jacuzzi
  • Opportunity to purchase your RYA books from the member’s lounge


RYA member FREE ticket offer


This year we’ve teamed up with National Boat Shows to offer every RYA member a free ticket to this year’s Show with the opportunity to purchase up to three additional tickets at the special price of £11 (£1.95 will be applied per transaction for purchased tickets).

RYA Focus - Ticket offer
RYA Focus – Ticket offer

RYA members can take advantage of this great offer by visiting the Southampton Boat Show member benefits page www.rya.org.uk/go/sbstickets


To find out more about what’s on at the Southampton Boat Show visit www.southamptonboatshow.com



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