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SailLaser to leave Portland
SAILING operators SailLaser will be leaving Portland, it has been announced.
The company is based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), where it runs the popular ‘sail for a fiver’ programme.
Thousands of schoolchildren have learned to sail using the small dinghies under the supervision of experienced staff.
The youth sailing programme has been one of the most successful sporting initiatives in the borough helping to identify future sailing stars.
A spokesman for the sailing academy said they were working closely with the Chesil Trust to ensure the programme continued to run.
All bookings up to December 1 will be honoured, SailLaser has said, and the WPNSA is in talks with several potential operators.
SailLaser centre manager Warren Surtees, pictured, said: “Our tenure in Weymouth and Portland has been very positive, culminating in the 2012 Olympic Games. The relationship with the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has gone from strength to strength, which has resulted in a hugely successful onsite partnership.
“I would like to personally thank all of SailLaser Weymouth’s customers; their loyalty has made the centre a success.”
The move is part of a global restructuring, which will see new centres opening in Lake Garda in Italy and Berlin, Germany.
The retail side of the business will continue in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire.
Spokesman for WPNSA said: “It is intended for a new operator to be commencing activity as soon as possible in 2014.” “The WPNSA acknowledges that the SailLaser tenure has been a very proactive and satisfying period in the evolution of the academy and is grateful to have worked with SailLaser as a partner.”
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