RYA Scotland planning on a busy Scottish Boat Show

What to look forward to and what not to miss...

Scotlands Boat Show

RYA Scotland is getting ready for Scotland’s Boat Show which takes place at Kip Marina 11 – 13 October 2013. After having a busy and successful stand at the 2012 show, RYA Scotland made the decision to go bigger and better for 2013 and have become a main sponsor for the event.

So what do people have to look forward to and why will they absolutely not want to miss the Scottish Boat Show this year?

Well RYA Scotland will have a centre stage stand in the marine trade marquee which they are sponsoring where they will be running competitions to win some fantastic prizes such as a GoPro camera, holding some fun challenges and will have some great RYA membership offers for those who aren’t yet an RYA member. They have also teamed up with the Argyll and Isles Tourism Corporation (AITC) to bring a workshop and presentation marquee to the event where anyone can drop in and join in with some interactive workshops and interesting talks. All fingers are crossed for some sunshine over the show so that everyone can make the most of the on-water taster sessions too!

The show promises to be a great event and the perfect opportunity for Scottish sailors to come along and enjoy some of the workshops and talks as well as everything the exhibitors at the show have to offer.

Anyone new to sailing or thinking about how to get involved will have the chance to talk to someone on the RYA Scotland stand about what kind of sailing they are interested in and the best way to get started. Those already involved in the sport will be able to perhaps learn a few things or pick up some tips in the workshops, listen to the experiences of sailors who have been doing some really adventurous things in the past year as well as finding out what RYA Scotland are planning for the winter and 2014 season.

“The Saturday (12 October) of the show will be very much a family themed day at the show for RYA Scotland and AITC so there will be plenty for the youngsters to get involved with too. Bring all your family and friends along for a fun day out and to meet the RYA Scotland team,” said Claire Caffrey, RYA Scotland Marketing Officer.

Scotlands Boat Show

On the Friday you will be able to join SeaTrek Training in the workshop area to talk about VHF radios and the latest training you can do to ensure you have all the latest information as well as taking part in their RYA Active Marina experience taster sessions out on the water.

These sessions will give people a short session with an instructor on tricky topics such as close quarter handling and parking in the marina and will be running over all three days of the show so there is no excuse to miss out.

Sarah Brown will also be running a WISE scheme workshop over lunchtime so why not bring your sandwiches along and enjoy listening finding out more about how to best to responsibly watch wildlife, whilst at the same time minimising any potential disturbance.

Bishop Skinner will be running an informative presentation about how to buy boat insurance. So if you already have a boat or are thinking of buying one then why not come along on Friday morning to hear all about how to make sure you have the correct cover for your needs and also have the opportunity to ask the Bishop Skinner marine expert any questions you may have.

Saturday will have lots for families and young sailors to do. AITC will have workshops about the places to see and things to do in the Argyll and Isles area as well as maritime art workshops for the kids. Sarah Brown will also be there to do a marine wildlife talk for all the family and new sailors, giving people the chance to learn a bit more about what they might see whilst they are out sailing in various places around Scotland.

Castle Semple Centre will also be bringing along some access dinghies to give kids the chance to get on the water and perhaps experience sailing for the first time. There will also be an RYA gold member reception late on the Saturday afternoon which is supported by AITC, giving gold members a chance to come along to enjoy a social and find out a bit more about what the Argyll and Isles have to offer.

Scotlands Boat Show

The programme of activities to get involved with doesn’t ease up on the last day of the show and definitely isn’t to be missed. There will be a reunion and presentation for the participants of the MalinWaters Cruise to Ireland which took place earlier this month. This is open to everyone so if you would like to find out more about a cruise in company experience then make sure you join in. There will also be an announcement of RYA Scotland’s plans for 2014 and how we might be celebrating the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow.

If you’re looking to do some cruising in 2014 and would relish the opportunity to sail with a fleet of likeminded people then this is definitely worth catching! If it is adventures and unique experiences of other sailors you are keen to listen to then come along to hear Alan Rankin talk about his Solo Round Britain trip that he completed this summer. He has some great stories to share and some fantastic photos to accompany them so drop in on Sunday to listen.

In addition to all of this, RYA Scotland are excited to announce that Arnold Clark DRUM, the famous racing yacht, will be coming along to the show and offering people a chance to get on board and experience sailing on the magnificent boat.

The Maxi racing yacht was formerly owned by Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran and was designed by Ron Holland to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. The yacht is now owned by Sir Arnold Clark and is a well-known boat in the waters of the Firth of Clyde. More information will be available over the next few weeks about how you can get booked in for an experience on DRUM to make sure you keep an eye on the RYA Scotland website.

There will be lots of information and updates available between now and the show which will be posted up on the RYA Scotland website, and also on their Facebook page so make sure don’t miss a thing.

You can also find out more information about the Scottish Boat Show at http://scotlandsboatshow.co.uk/.

Click here for a Newsletter about the Scottish Boat Show in October.