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Princess Royal back for races
9:48am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
PRINCESS Anne will be sailing into Portland today for the Dragon World Championships.
The Princess Royal, president of the Royal Yachting Association and patron of the International Dragon Class World Championships 2013, will be watching the racing at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy this afternoon.
She will be following the racing from a balcony and taking a tour of the sailing academy.
Chief Executive Peter Allam, of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, said: “We are delighted to welcome HRH The Princess Royal back as patron of the 2013 International Dragon World Championships. Her Royal Highness officially opened the academy in May 2005 and we are very grateful for her continued support.”
A total of 77 teams from 16 nations and three continents are racing the prestigious International Dragon keelboats at the event, which began last Thursday and is scheduled to finish tomorrow.
Teams have travelled from as far afield as Australia and Japan for the regatta.
Portland councillor Sandy West said: “It will be fantastic, I met Princess Anne last year when she came for the Olympics.
“This will be a great boost for the island and she has a genuine interest in Portland.”
The royal has visited the borough a number of times over the past year, including when the Princess Royal’s standard flew from the watchtower of the NCI Portland Bill station as she was greeted by over 100 invited guests.
Princess Anne unveiled a plaque to open the station’s new training centre and Portland station manager Geoff Peters said she had asked to perform this ceremony and present the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the four Dorset NCI stations.
She also visited the sailing academy before and during the Olympics and presented the gold medal to sailing champ Ben Ainslie.
During one of her visits the Princess Royal sailed out to watch more than 600 youngsters from all over the country compete in the 2012 National School Sailing Association Golden Jubilee Regatta.
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