The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has hosted a number of outstanding events throughout this summer. The season kicked off at Easter with the RYA Youth National Championships, held at WPNSA for a second consecutive year.
June saw the return of the Olympic and Paralympic classes for the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Competitors from over 50 nations participated, many of whom had competed at the Games in 2012.
Red Bull brought their Foiling Generation series to the WPNSA in late June, providing an opportunity for some of the UK’s best young sailors to emulate their America’s Cup heroes and race in much smaller foiling catamarans with plenty of thrills and spills.
During July and August the WPNSA held six national championships, with entries totalling well over a 1,000 sailors of all ages. The 505 class took the opportunity to use their nationals as a test for the 2016 world championships to be sailed here, with an anticipated entry of over 140 boats. Sailors from the USA, Australia, Canada and Germany added a significant international presence.
As the season moves into the autumn period September is proving to be very busy too. The British Sailing Team are holding two training camps and on the 20th September the WPNSA will be hosting the second Bart’s Bash, on behalf of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Last year’s Bash set a world record for the number of competitors taking part in a race held globally on one day. This year, in addition to getting as many boats as possible to enter, sailors are encouraged to bring a ‘buddy’ along who has never sailed and give it a go. There will be a fund raising dinner at the WPNSA on the 19th September and a few tickets are still available.
The RYA Zone Championships return at the end of the month with over 300 boats expected, and a further 300 boats anticipated for the Optimist End of Season Championships in October.
Pete Allam, Chief Executive, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy:
“2015 is proving to be a very successful season for the WPNSA. We have had the full complement of international, national and youth events that have provided some outstanding racing on the waters of Weymouth and Portland. We are all looking forward to Bart’s Bash which provides a wonderful opportunity for local sailors to race together, whilst raising funds to help provide opportunities for others to participate. Hopefully I will be racing too!’