Rutland Water will give people the chance to have a go at an Olympic Sport and cheer sailing hopefuls on

Dylan Fletcher (left) and Alain Sign helped launch the RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow with Rutland Sailing Club's Karen Wilkins at WPNSA last month EMN-160808-151617001
Dylan Fletcher (left) and Alain Sign helped launch the RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow with Rutland Sailing Club's Karen Wilkins at WPNSA last month EMN-160808-151617001

As Olympic fever grips the nation and the country cheers on its medal hopefuls in Rio, people will have the chance to give an Olympic sport a go closer to home.

During the Olympic sailing medal race week, from Sunday until Thursday, boating body RYA will visit six venues across the UK which have a special connection with the sailing team’s potential medal contenders.

On Thursday next week, the roadshow will hit Rutland Water as Market Harborough’s Dylan Fletcher bids for glory with teammate Alain Sign in the 49er class.

The 2016 RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow will give people the chance to get out on the water and try the sport for themselves between 10am and 4pm - and what better way to spend a Summer holiday day?

And from 5pm you can watch the Olympic sailing drama unfold in the clubhouse while you will also get to meet members of the British sailing team who will be on hand to provide inside knowledge on all the action in Rio as well as advice on how you can get into sailing.

A barbecue, food and refreshments will be available too and there is no need to book, just go along and get involved.

Dylan, 28, and Alain Sign were one of the final sailing selection picks for TeamGB, after a nail-biting battle for the sole 49er class berth.

Born in London, Dylan moved to the Midlands when he was 11 and, as an up-and-coming junior sailor, was named the Harborough Sports Personality of the Year in 2006.

His family home is now in Desborough, just over the Leicestershire border.

In February this year Fletcher and Sign won 49er World Championship bronze in Florida, their first Worlds podium finish, to go with two European Championship titles in 2011 and 2013, plus bronze from the first Rio test event in 2014 too.

Before heading to Rio, Dylan said: “The RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow is a fantastic way to bring all the excitement of the games into our home clubs and it will mean so much when we’re out in Rio to know everyone will be at home supporting us.

“It will also be great to see the games inspiring people to get on the water and have a go for themselves.”

The Olympic sailing regatta started on Monday with Fletcher and Sign set to start racing in the 49er class tomorrow.