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Following the success of the Spinnaker Challenge at last year’s show, the UK Cadet Class Association will once again be inviting Cadet Class sailors and visitors to the show to take on the challenge and see if they can top the leader board in a bid to be crowned champion and win some great prizes.

Taking place on the Cadet stand (H31) at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 (29 February – 01 March, Alexandra Palace, London) the challenge involves a timed spinnaker hoist, set, gybe, set and drop. British Sailing Team sailor Daisy Collingridge will kick off the challenge at the start of the show, laying down a time for visitors to try and beat.

Cadet Class members wanting to take on the challenge are invited to visit the stand from quarter to each hour for 15 minutes throughout the show to set their times, with the rest of the hour open to all visitors to have a go.

There will be cadet class sailors on hand to offer training and top tips to visitors before they have a go at the challenge.

There will be prizes for both the fastest Cadet Class sailor and show visitor and participants who are not already class members will receive a free year’s membership of the UKNCCA.  The winners will be announced on Sunday at the end of the show.

“The Challenge was a great success last year, so it seemed only fitting to see its return this year. It’s a really great way to teach new skills and help young sailors improve their techniques in a safe and fun way”, commented David Little, Chair of the UK Cadet Class. 

From beginner to aspiring Olympian, the Cadet Class is a junior two-person training dinghy specifically designed for children and young people.  Drop by the stand at the show to find out more about this popular dinghy class and test your skills in the Spinnaker Challenge.

For more information about the UK Cadet Class Association visit

What’s on at the Show?

There’s lots in store at the 2020 RYA Dinghy Show with visitors of all ages able to enjoy family-friendly show favourites.  From the 360° ‘On the Water’ virtual reality sailing experience, to the sailing simulators, activity pool, trapeze rig and the famous RYA Dinghy Show Treasure Hunt.  There’s something for everyone, whether you’re an experienced dinghy sailor, or just getting started.

As well as a full line up of expert talks and coaching sessions, you’ll also discover hundreds of boats from beautiful classics to the very latest in cutting edge design along with clubs, classes, boat builders, holiday companies and much more! Plus all weekend there will be plenty of activities to inspire and entertain the whole family.

Get your ticket

Advance tickets are available from October 2019 at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. Groups can also take advantage of a special ticket price of £10 when booking six tickets or more. Don’t forget four children go free with each paying adult as well.

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