Weymouth & Portland Sailing Events
Situated on the finest small boat sailing waters in northern Europe, Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy has been confirmed as the official venue for the Olympic Sailing events in 2012.
The Academy received £7.85m of funding in 2004, enabling it to develop it into a Centre of Excellence. Athens Olympic medal winners Sarah Ayton, Nick Dempsey, Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks are all members of the Academy and regularly train here.
Training facilities are already in place for all levels of abilities and competence and especially for the less able. Both the British Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams regularly train at the Academy and a lot of support is given to sailors with the potential to be future medal winners.
National Championship events are frequently held here: the 420 National Championships take place this year from 20th to 26th August, while the 31st August to 5th September will see sailors taking part in the J24 National Championships. The calendar for September also includes the Hunter 707 National Championships from the 7th to 10th and the 18ft Skiff Eurocup Championships from the16th to 18th.
The Academy's aim is to promote the sport of sailing and to provide a facility for the community to use, actively encouraging Dorset schools to bring sailing into their outdoor activities.
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