In 2008 the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta welcomed a record 240 boats from 11 countries and the event is expected to go from strength to strength in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games with organizers expecting entries to double to around 500 boats in 2009.
Whilst Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta is a relatively new event, many people will remember the hugely successful and popular Weymouth Olympic Week which ran from 1972 until 1988. Based from Weymouth Beach there was sailing for all the Olympic sailing events. The present Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, however, is being run on a totally different scale from WPNSA.
In 2009, Skandia Sail for Gold will start three days after the RS:X World Championships finish with racing scheduled to start on Monday 14 September with Medal Racing on Saturday 19 September. Registration will be on Saturday and Sunday 12-13 September with entry through http://www.ryaracingevents.org.uk/ - competitors are asked to enter in good time as there will be no late entries allowed.
There will be a tented village to add to the atmosphere and a 'spectator day' on Saturday 19 September, with large screens transmitting live pictures and tracking of the racing, with commentary from the water and on the shore for the Medal Races.
Skandia have become a renowned supporter of sailing events in Great Britain. As well as being title sponsor for the Sail for Gold Regatta since its inception in 2006, they also sponsored Cowes Week for 14 years.
UK Sport is the other major contributor to the Regatta with money coming from UK National Lottery funding.
WPNSA will be the host venue for the sailing at the London 2012 Olympics. Currently undergoing a major refurbishment the Academy is scheduled for completion in November 2008 and will provide a magnificent facility for hosting major sailing regattas.
Racing will take place on six different course areas both inside Portland Harbour and in Weymouth Bay. There will be racing for all the Olympic sailing events. Alongside will be racing for the Paralympic sailing events.
Recently WPNSA was the host venue for the 2006 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, the 2006 49er European Championship and the 2006 29er World Championship.
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The first ISAF Sailing World Cup is set to launch at the end of 2008 bringing a new annual series of sailing to the international sports calendar. The World Cup will be open to the sailing events chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions.
Incorporating existing major events, the series will kick off with Sail Melbourne, Australia in December 2008, followed by the Rolex Miami OCR, USA; the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain; Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France; the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, the Netherlands; Kieler Woche, Germany; and Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain.
You can find out more on the ISAF Sailing World Cup microsite at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.
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