The 2013 Calendar of Events gets underway at the Olympic Sailing Venue
After a hugely successful 2012 for the host venue of the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy are looking forward to a number of highly anticipated events in 2013 whilst also celebrating some more recent triumphs.
The WPNSA has had an extremely exciting start to the year with key members of the Academy receiving globally recognised honours. In the New Year’s Honours, WPNSA director Sir Ben Ainslie received a Knighthood and director Helena Lucas was awarded an MBE. On receiving her MBE, Helena commented: “I am honoured to have received this prestigious title and I am really looking forward to the year ahead at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. With a number of sailing and watersport events lined up it is set to be another impressive year at the Academy.” Sir Ben Ainslie and Helena Lucas MBE will continue their work with and support of the Academy throughout 2013.
The 2013 calendar of events kicked off to a great start with the Optimist Zone Squad Weekend; with a great number of participants, the event was a huge success and has set the tone for the rest of the year at the Academy. WPNSA are currently playing host to the GBR Squad Camp; this is a crucial camp for sailors in which they can access the sports science team, physio’s and support staff to get their physical and mental preparation right over winter.
There also isn’t long to go until the Toppers descend on WPNSA on February 9th – 10th for the Topper Winter Regatta; open to individuals or family members who own or sail Toppers, WPNSA is looking forward to hosting this annual event. The venue is a particular favourite with the Topper community, giving participants their first opportunity of the year to showcase the results of their winter training.
Moving forwards, the Zone and Youth Squad Multiclass training will be taking place from February 16th – 24th; combining on the water and on shore training and classes the event will provide essential practice and skill building for all attendees.
All Academy staff and members are thoroughly looking forward to the year ahead, with Chairman Edward Leask stating “After a wonderful and unique year at the Sailing Academy, we are now looking forwards and we are certain that 2013 will be a year of legacy and mass involvement in sport at the Academy. 2013 will see the largest number of events ever to be hosted in one year at the WPNSA and we are set for another unforgettable year.”