My favourite part of the pre season is making the annual trip to Alexandra Palace, London, for the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show. It's a great place to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. It's also the only show in the world that is just for dinghy sailing, that's why it's the #GreatestShowOnEarth.
Although the show is only a 2 day event, for the exhibitors it's 3 days of fun but hard work. Friday is all about getting the stand stocked up and looking immaculate. It was great to see some of the new and improved Rooster products for the first time. I'm really excited about the new Pro Aquafleece Rigging Coat, its the perfect partner for rigging & de-rigging your boat on a windy day. Secondly I'm loving the look and feel of the improved SuperTherm
range, the quality of the neoprene is sublime and I'm sure everyone is going to love it.
I love working on the Rooster stand for the weekend for a couple of reasons. 1 - I get to work with a great bunch of people, the staff at Rooster are all so helpful and ooze knowledge about the entire world of dinghy sailing. 2 - I really enjoy speaking to the dinghy sailing public, finding out what boats they sail, their experiences and trying to see if they will offer any tips from their experiences.
I really enjoy advising people on what kit they should use in different conditions, I feel I know the Rooster range of products inside and out, and get a real buzz when people come back to you the next year saying that they really loved the product and that the advice I gave them was useful & easy to understand.
Onto the rest of the show, I was super amazed at the quality of most of the stands at the show, a highlight for me was the International 14 looking fantastic with all of its carbon detailing. Also the MK5 Osprey which had only come out of the mould 5 days before the Show looked absolutely stunning. Well done to everyone who had a stand at the show. It was also great to have a BBC presenter heavily involved with the show, having people like Monty Halls part of the show really helps boost the appearance of sailing. It was great to see so many members of the British Sailing Team at the show including the likes of Dylan Fletcher, Hannah Stodel, Sophie Ainsworth & Giles Scott to name a few. They were talking to the public, offering advice & information on their campaign to Rio 2016 and presenting some of the RYA annual awards. Finally the standard of the talks was very high, Rooster's very own Steve Cockerill, aka "The Boat Whisperer," had everyone completely hooked into his signature Boat Whisperer talk. Also Mike from McNamara sails gave a great talk about rig tuning. Both of these talks are on the RYA YouTube page.
I hope you enjoyed the show, see you there next year.
Happy Sailing ⛵️