100 days to go: Match Race Girls from Dorset look forward to sailing events

Dorset Echo: Annie Lush, centre  Lucy left and Kate, right,  Macgregor.   PICTURE: GEOFF MOORE/ DORSET MEDIA SERVICE. Annie Lush, centre Lucy left and Kate, right, Macgregor. PICTURE: GEOFF MOORE/ DORSET MEDIA SERVICE.

THE world’s best sailors are now on the ‘home straight’ of their preparations.

Many have braved the cold to start training at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and after their next Olympic classes regatta in Hyeres, France this month, will return to the borough full-time.

Portland is the official home of Skandia Team GBR with its Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Portland House and team performance centre at Osprey Quay and the majority of the British team are now living in the borough.

Match Race Girls Annie Lush and sisters Lucy and Kate Macgregor, who sail in the three-person women’s Match Racing class, are unique as they are all born and bred in Dorset.

Annie, 31, of Poole, said: “We’re really proud to be from Dorset. We love to travel the world and to come back here.

“I really hope the Olympics does something good for the area and that all the businesses benefit. I know the Olympics cause a lot of problems and hold ups but I’ve been to two Games and the atmosphere that gets created is amazing.

“Weymouth and Portland will never have so many international visitors from all around the world in any other circumstances. It’s great – this is a venue to be proud of and one to show off as well.”

She added: “I like the Jurassic Stones sculpture on the Relief Road, it looks like trees to me.

“That’s pretty cool.

“Weymouth doesn’t normally have sculptures.

“We should have a fountain as well.”

The trio are renting a house with former Budmouth schoolgirl and Olympic bronze medallist windsurfer Bryony Shaw in the Ferrybridge area in the build-up to the Games.

Helm Lucy Macgregor, 25, said: “100 days to go is exciting.

“In many ways we’ve been in our own little bubble for the last couple of months competing abroad.

“Coming home there’s been much more media attention which has really brought it home that it is 100 days, not that we needed reminding.

“We’ve got a huge amount we still want to do but we’re happy with where we need to get to.

“We’re looking forward to being based in Weymouth and Portland full-time and getting the hours in.”

She added: “Everywhere’s looking smart and there’s a general buzz around the place.

“The Olympics is just around the corner, it’s a really nice atmosphere.”

From mid July until mid September, the Sailing academy and Portland Marina will be closed to the public to enable London organisers to secure the site but aside from a no-stopping rule, the Olympic Delivery Authority has pledged not to restrict access along Portland Beach Road.

During the Games, the British team will be living in RYA Portland House, while the 700 international athletes and 550 officials athletes will be based nearby at the Olympic Sailing Village by Victoria Square, Portland from July 13.

Approximately half that number will use the accommodation during the Paralympic Games.

Find out more about the team at dorsetecho.co.uk/olympics

First with the news

THE Dorset Echo has secured media accreditation to bring our readers news coverage from the heart of the Olympic and Paralympic sailing competitions.

Our coverage, which has been building momentum since the launch of our Going for Gold pages on March 15, 2011, will also encompass stories and pictures from the Olympic torch relay visit to the county.

Reporter Laura Kitching will be based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy during Games time, tweeting race results via our Twitter account @WeyOlympics 2012 and providing daily racing news.

A team of Echo reporters and photographers will also be out and about capturing the magic of the Olympics along Weymouth seafront and across the borough.

The borough council will be providing an Echo desk at the non-accredited media centre at Weymouth Pavilion, we also hope to bring reports from the London Organising Committee-run ticketed site at the Nothe.

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6:50am Thu 19 Apr 12

manyogie says...

Lucy Lush !!!
Lucy Lush !!! manyogie
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12:02pm Thu 19 Apr 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

THE Dorset Echo has secured media accreditation.
The borough council will be providing an Echo desk at the non-accredited media centre.
Can't they make up their mind?
THE Dorset Echo has secured media accreditation. The borough council will be providing an Echo desk at the non-accredited media centre. Can't they make up their mind? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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3:43pm Thu 19 Apr 12

Laura Kitching says...

We're going to have a team of Echo reporters and photographers out and about at Games-time to ensure we don't miss any aspect of this amazing event.
We'll have a reporter based at the sailing academy covering the racing and we'll also have reporters and photographers based on Weymouth seafront covering the Live Site, sports arena and other attractions. Plus others the ticketed Nothe site.
The town centre team will be using the Pavilion media centre to send words and pics back to the office.
With an estimated 60,000 visitors a day to the borough, we're anticipating that it won't be easy to drive back and forth to our office, where the remaining staff will be covering all the non-Olympic news as well. I hope that answers your question.
We're going to have a team of Echo reporters and photographers out and about at Games-time to ensure we don't miss any aspect of this amazing event. We'll have a reporter based at the sailing academy covering the racing and we'll also have reporters and photographers based on Weymouth seafront covering the Live Site, sports arena and other attractions. Plus others the ticketed Nothe site. The town centre team will be using the Pavilion media centre to send words and pics back to the office. With an estimated 60,000 visitors a day to the borough, we're anticipating that it won't be easy to drive back and forth to our office, where the remaining staff will be covering all the non-Olympic news as well. I hope that answers your question. Laura Kitching
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9:39am Fri 20 Apr 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Laura,
Thanks for your reply but if you (the Echo) are accredited why are you 'relegated' to a desk in the 'non-accredited media centre'?
Laura, Thanks for your reply but if you (the Echo) are accredited why are you 'relegated' to a desk in the 'non-accredited media centre'? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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9:55am Fri 20 Apr 12

Laura Kitching says...

Because we've only got accreditation for one reporter to be based at the Olympic sailing venue during Games time and it will take more than one person to do all the work.
Desk-space at the non-accredited media centre means that another Echo reporter and photographer (who do not have accreditation for the sailing academy) will be able to access wi-fi to send back stories and pictures from all the events happening on Weymouth seafront. This, together with the racing reports, aims to ensure the Dorset Echo can provide the best possible coverage of this unique event.
Because we've only got accreditation for one reporter to be based at the Olympic sailing venue during Games time and it will take more than one person to do all the work. Desk-space at the non-accredited media centre means that another Echo reporter and photographer (who do not have accreditation for the sailing academy) will be able to access wi-fi to send back stories and pictures from all the events happening on Weymouth seafront. This, together with the racing reports, aims to ensure the Dorset Echo can provide the best possible coverage of this unique event. Laura Kitching
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9:59am Fri 20 Apr 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Thanks - I thought that LOCOG had put the local paper into the back seat as is their wont with all locals (:o))
Thanks - I thought that LOCOG had put the local paper into the back seat as is their wont with all locals (:o)) IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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