Weymouth and Portland International Regatta
Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain
ISAF President Göran Petersson (SWE) has been at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta viewing the facilities, systems and spectator areas one year ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
And the ISAF President is impressed with what he has seen, "This is an excellent venue. It is big enough; it has the access to the water. It has very good shore facilities and it is within walking distance of the Athletes Village."
The London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition will be ticketed for the first time in the history of Olympic sailing and like many people at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Petersson spent some time at the spectator area at Nothe Fort, "That is the closest to a stadium that we can get. With the course outside by the slope everybody can see and there will be big screens there as well to present the races."
Sailors' attentions will quickly turn to the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships from 3-18 December and Petersson is looking forward to what will be a fantastic spectacle, "After the Olympic Games that is the pinnacle event of sailing. I have great expectations and I know from personal experience that the sailing conditions are absolutely marvellous.
"And I know there will be an interesting presentation of the sport through the media."
More than 1,150 sailors will head to Perth with new nations such as Montenegro, St Lucia, Kyrgyzstan, Cook Islands and Trinidad and Tobago set to compete for the first time. "I think it is fantastic that so many people are coming,
" Petersson said. "It is important for the sport, the organizers, the sponsors, the tourists and for the trademark of Perth which is a fantastic sailing city."
View a full interview with ISAF President Göran Petersson on the ISAF YouTube Channel here as he talks about the facilities at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the race courses, what the spectator experience will be like and he looks forward to the ISAF Worlds.
The interview also includes some video of the 49ers and Women's Match Racers taken from Nothe, courtesy of the Australian Sailing Team