Visit the RYA stand this September

If you’re visiting the Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat, (13-22 September) to get your fix of everything boating then make sure you pay a visit to the RYA stand (B027) located outside the Holiday Inn Hotel.

“We’re delighted to be returning to the Southampton International Boat Show,” comments RYA Shows and Promotions Manager Celia Edgington. “The RYA has a wealth of advice and information available to visitors from getting out on the water with the whole family to finding the right training course.”

To kick off the week, on Saturday (14 September) the winners of the 2019/2020 ilovesailing calendar competition will be revealed and presented with their winners’ prizes. The top 12 photos make up the 2020 calendar, buy your copy from the RYA stand and receive your very own ilovesailing rubber duck, free with the first 50 calendars purchased.

On Wednesday (18 September), The Green Blue, the RYA’s joint environmental awareness programme with British Marine, officially unveils its new look website, crammed full of advice, information and toolkits to ‘green’ the boating you do.  Join Kate Fortnam, The Green Blue Campaign Manager on the Foredeck Stage at 10:30 to find out more or drop by the RYA stand throughout the show where you can check out the new look website for yourself on The Green Blue iPad.

Kate will also be speaking on the Foredeck Stage throughout the week where she will be providing top tips to help protect our waters and the wildlife we share them with.  You can find out more about boating around wildlife, recycling, cleaning onboard, antifouling and disposing and invasive species prevention.

Talks schedule:
Sat 14th – 11:00 to 11:30 – Foredeck Stage

Sun 15th – 11:00 to 11:30 – Foredeck Stage

Mon 16th – 14:30 to 15:00 – Marlow Ropes Stand (J300)

Sat 21st – 11:00 to 11:30 – Foredeck Stage

Also over at the Foredeck Stage, throughout the week you can try your hand at the eSailing Virtual Regatta.  Hone you skills on the console in preparation of the 2020 season.  Find out more about eSailing at

On the stand

Throughout the week on the RYA stand, discover everything you need to know about the free to download RYA SafeTrx app, the proven tracking and alerting system which is ideal for everyone who enjoys being on the water – whether you’re a kitesurfer, kayaker, dinghy sailor or powerboater.  You can also see SafeTrx in action on the ‘RYA 360˚ Virtual Reality On the Water Experience’.  Be part of a dramatic water rescue and experience being winched into a helicopter!

As well as the 360˚ Virtual Reality rescue, you can also experience dinghy foiling, windsurfing and yachting all from the comfort of the stand. Whatever your age, pop on the oculus goggles and experience the feeling of flying on this virtual simulator.

As well as the free advice available from our experts on the stand, pick up your RYA publications with a 20% boat show discount for RYA members. You can also trial the ever growing series of eBooks with their interactive content which is perfect for enhancing your skills or preparing for a training course or exam.

RYA Membership

As an RYA member, if you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the show, you can relax in the exclusive RYA Members’ Lounge serving food and beverages throughout the day.


  • Private table service dining area and self-service cloakroom
  • 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 the gym

RYA members also have the opportunity to win not one but two stand-up paddle boards, courtesy of Two Bare Feet Boarding Co.  Simply complete the competition form stating your RYA membership category and you will automatically be entered in to the prize draw.

A number of RYA Member Reward Partners, including RashR and CleantoGleam will also be showcasing their products in the Lounge throughout the week, while RYA Instructors can pick up their Instructor pin badges.

What’s more, new members and renewing members will enjoy exclusive show offers; it’s also the perfect opportunity to sign up your friends and family and take advantage of the RYA’s Refer a Friend offer with discounts for your friends and gifts for you.  Drop by the RYA Members’ Lounge, located in the Holiday Inn Hotel to find out more.

Get your ticket

The RYA is delighted once again to be able to offer every RYA member a FREE ticket to the Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow a Boat, with the opportunity to purchase up to five additional tickets at the special price of £13.50* (a transaction fee of £1.99 applies for purchased tickets). Take advantage of this great offer by visiting – you will need your RYA Membership number.

The RYA member FREE ticket offer is available until 23:59 on Thursday 12 September.  Full terms and Conditions available here:

To find out more about what’s on at the Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow a Boat visit

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