The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has moved forward with plans to enhance facilities at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), which will serve as host venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competition and also as a permanent legacy for sailing.
The ODA is building a longer, dual aspect slipway and more race boat parking, lifting and mooring facilities at the Academy, which is already rated as one of the best small boat sailing locations in Europe. The works will be located on the shorefront of the WPNSA, part of the Osprey Quay regeneration scheme.
Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the London 2012 Games, Sebastian COE, said the enhancement plans will enable the skills and excitement of sailing to be showcased in a spectacular sports setting for the London
'A Stunning Amphitheatre'
'The design enhancements, along with the proposed course layout and consistent wind conditions set in the Bay of Weymouth will create a stunning amphitheatre for Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams and spectators in 2012,'
'The enhancements will transform Weymouth from an existing top class venue into a world class training and competition venue equipped to stage further major international sailing events and competitions after the 2012 Games. The enhancements will also make this superb sailing site accessible to athletes and sailing teams from a wide range of backgrounds, including junior and disabled sailors, providing a marvellous sailing experience that will help to grow the sport.'
SWRDA is also progressing its plans to create a new marina at Osprey Quay alongside the Sailing Academy and has now selected the firm Dean and Reddyhoff as preferred bidder to progress detailed negotiations to provide additional facilities for the Olympics. Dean and Reddyhoff have a long track record of developing and running successful marinas at Haslar in Portsmouth Harbour, East Cowes on the Isle of Wight and Weymouth harbour.
It is also set to be a busy summer of sailing at WPNSA, with the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship taking place there from 13-21 July. The Youth Worlds will be followed by the 29er Worlds from 24-30 July, which will run concurrently with the ISAF Grade C1 49er European Championships.