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Summer sails now on
3:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
SAIL, paddle or surf in celebration of the legacy left by the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.
Over the August bank holiday weekend the doors of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy will be thrown open and everyone is invited to get involved in getting out on the Olympic sailing waters.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see the Olympic cauldron, use the facilities the Olympians used and learn the skills the Olympians have mastered.
There will be more than 600 sporting sessions available across the GJW Direct SailFest event, which runs from Friday, August 23 to Monday, August 26.
People will get the chance to try windsurfing, paddlesports, mountain biking, rock climbing or dinghy sailing.
The cost and length of session depends on the different sports.
Organisers have said that SailFest will take place every year in August from now on to mark the legacy left by the academy.
Andy Blackwood, spokesman for Community Facilities at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council said: “The event is an exciting addition to what is already a jam-packed summer season of sports and activities in Weymouth and Portland.
“I would really like to encourage people to come down, take in our wonderful sailing academy and views of the Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue, and get involved in some of many sports that will be on offer over the Bank Holiday weekend.”
SailFest will also incorporate a sailing regatta in Portland Harbour.
All the boats competing will be fitted with GPS trackers, just as they were at the Olympics.
Spectators will be able to keep up with all the action as it happens live on shore and there will be a commentary to explain what is going on to sailors and non-sailors alike.
Plans for a windsurfing and cycling duathlon in support of the Will Mackaness Trust are already underway for 2014.
Following the racing on Saturday, the Official Test Centre at the academy will be showcasing the event.
Competitors will windsurf from Portland harbour to Overcome Corner before taking to the road on bikes, back to the sailing academy.
n Activities will be no more than £22 each. The minimum age for activities is eight but there is no maximum age limit. For more information call 01489 559111 or search on the internet for SailFest Weymouth.
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