RYA SAILBOAT AND WINDSURF SHOW BURSTS ITS SEAMS!

The annual RYA Sailboat and Windsurf Show at London's Alexandra Palace has

finally burst its seams and is expanding into a new semi-permanent structure

at the venue, to be known, for the Show, as the Panorama Hall.

The Show is in its 52nd year and is Britain's biggest Show dedicated to

racing sailboats, recreational dinghy sailing and windsurfing.

The Panorama Hall, with its stunning views over London, will feature a brand

new RYA Forum area with live talks on topical issues, an RYA café and

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400 square metres of available space for exhibitors.

The Sailboat and Windsurf Show takes place on 1 and 2 March 2003. Other new

features for 2003 include 'Live it' - a unique photographic exhibition by

some of the country's leading marine photographers. Gybe Zone - chats,

games, competitions and entertainment for the under 16's and Palm Court

Talks - experts on sailing and windsurfing providing red hot tips for all.

Commenting on the expansion Show Manager Jenny Curry said "This is a very

welcome move for the Show. For several years we have had a waiting list of

exhibitors and this additional Hall will allow to accommodate those on the

list and more!"

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For further press information on the Sailboat and Windsurf Show contact:

Tracey Clarke, e-mail saws@rya.org.uk, mobile 07768 806699

For information on exhibiting at the Sailboat and Windsurf Show contact:

Jenny Curry, e-mail jenny.curry@rya.org.uk, Tel 023 8062 7425

Ticket Hot line 0845 345 0424

Notes to editors

* The Sailboat and Windsurf Show is organised by the RYA in

association with the Daily Telegraph supported by Yachts and Yachting.

* The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national governing body

for all forms of sailing, windsurfing, and powerboat racing. Sailing is the

most successful Olympic sport in this country and Great Britain is the

world's top Olympic sailing nation.

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* The RYA is recognised by all government offices as being the

negotiating body for the activities it represents. It continually fights for

the rights and freedoms of its 98,000 personal members, the majority of whom

choose to go afloat for purely recreational non-competitive pleasure on

coastal and inland waters. It represents a further estimated 500,000 boat

owners nationally through its 1600 affiliated clubs and boat owner

associations.

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* The RYA also sets and maintains a recognised standard for

recreational boat training through a network of 1500 independently operated

training facilities. Over 120,000 people per year voluntarily complete RYA

training courses.

The RYA is committed to promoting all forms of boating and making them

accessible to everyone. For more information please refer to our web site

(http://www.rya.org.uk)