AFLOAT: 57 days to Bart’s Bash

5:00am Friday 25th July 2014

THE Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is organising the largest race in the world on Sunday, September 21.

AFLOAT: Flying high in Osprey show

Dorset Echo:

7:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE Osprey National Championships took place at Porthpean in Cornwall.

AFLOAT: Basepoint boost for Hamilton

Dorset Echo:

5:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

OLYMPIC windsurfing hopeful Izzy Hamilton has gained an all-important sponsorship deal from local business Basepoint.

AFLOAT: Flawless performance from Weymouth rowers

Dorset Echo:

6:30pm Thursday 17th July 2014

WEYMOUTH Rowing Club took first prize after winning every race at Sidmouth Regatta.

AFLOAT: Schools row to titles at inaugural championships

Dorset Echo:

6:30pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE Dorset Schools Gig Rowing Championships took place at Weymouth Rowing Club.

AFLOAT: Portland ladies land speed trophy

Dorset Echo:

5:00am Friday 11th July 2014

PORTLAND Gig Rowing Club were among 150 competitors and spectators who gathered at the Northney Marina, Hayling Island for a regatta hosted by Langstone Cutters.

AFLOAT: Mason claims third Rookie spot

Dorset Echo:

5:00am Friday 11th July 2014

PORTLAND’S Rich Mason has docked in Cherbourg, France after finishing the 2,000 mile Solitaire du Figaro 2014.

AFLOAT: Weymouth veterans enjoy a Cornish show

Dorset Echo:

5:20am Friday 4th July 2014

WEYMOUTH Rowing Club’s annual exodus to the Mixed and Veteran Championship was a resounding success with superlative performances from all crews.

AFLOAT: Schools relish Rockley challenge

Dorset Echo:

5:00am Friday 4th July 2014

THE Sainsbury’s Dorset Schools Sailing Games were hosted at Rockley Park in Poole with more than 50 competitors and 10 teams taking part.

AFLOAT: Surfing girl power impresses Olympian

Dorset Echo: SURF’S UP: Olympian Bryony Shaw, far left, with medallists Lily Young, Emma Bishop and Rachel Horton

5:30pm Thursday 26th June 2014

NEW champions were crowned at the Sainsbury’s Dorset School Games windsurfing competition, hosted by the Official Test Centre (OTC) at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Aca-demy.

AFLOAT: Baillie heading for Weymouth

Dorset Echo: COMING TO WEYMOUTH: London 2012 star Tim Baillie

5:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

LONDON 2012 canoe slalom gold medallist Tim Baillie will be the star of the show at the Weymouth Ecover Blue Mile on July 19-20.

AFLOAT: Patience fully focused on Rio gold

Dorset Echo: MAN ON A MISSION: Luke Patience

6:10pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

WITH the likes of Sir Ben Ainslie not competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, medal hopes now rest with the next generation of Team GB sailing stars – and Portland’s Luke Patience is determined to do just that in Brazil.

AFLOAT: Mason going well in Solitaire du Figaro

Dorset Echo: BERTHING IN ROSCOFF: Rich Mason

6:20pm Thursday 19th June 2014

PORTLAND-BORN sailor Rich Mason has finished the second leg of the Solitaire du Figaro in 21st position.

AFLOAT: Schools gearing up for watersports championships

Dorset Echo: SCHOOL GAMES: Participants in last year’s windsurfing games

6:10pm Thursday 19th June 2014

THE Dorset Schools Watersports Championships will be taking place next week.

AFLOAT: Star sail duo honoured at awards

Dorset Echo: WATERSPORTS WINNERS: Alexandra Stevenson and Scotty Stallman

6:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

TWO students were recognised for their growing list of achievements in watersports at the Wey Valley School Sports presentation evening.

AFLOAT: Mason begins offshore bid

Dorset Echo: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Richard Mason relaxing after the challenge

5:00am Friday 13th June 2014

RICH Mason has taken on the challenge of the prestigious Offshore Race.

AFLOAT: Royal reward for cadet leaders Phil and Daphne

Dorset Echo: IN RHYTHM: Weymouth Cadets enjoy gig rowing

6:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014

YOUNGSTERS at Weymouth Sailing Club (WSC) and Weymouth Rowing Club combined celebrations last weekend.

AFLOAT: Alex thrives in Twiname Cup

Dorset Echo: GREAT EFFORT: Alex Mcfarlane

7:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014

CASTLE Cove junior sailor Alex McFarlane was selected to take part in the prestigious RYA Eric Twiname Championships.

AFLOAT: Emmett's joy in Laser Radial event

Dorset Echo: AT THE FRONT OF THE FLEET: Jon Emmett

5:30pm Thursday 5th June 2014

GREAT Britain’s three-day Laser Europa Cup event drew to a close amid glorious racing conditions at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.

AFLOAT: Weymouth pipped to overall regatta crown

Dorset Echo: DOMINANT: Weymouth Rowing Club's under-14s

7:40pm Thursday 29th May 2014

SWANAGE Regatta proved to be a good event for Weymouth Rowing Club.

AFLOAT: Gig glee for Portland

Dorset Echo: GREAT GIG: Portland’s under-16 crew, from left, Tony Boyle (coach), Margi Chitty, Ben Walker, Ellen Smith, Henry Arnold, Rueben Cranny and James Codd

7:30pm Thursday 29th May 2014

PORTLAND Gig Rowing Club’s under-16s brought home their first trophy of the season last weekend.

AFLOAT: Weymouth club's open day is huge success

Dorset Echo: CADET CAPERS: Demonstrations by Weymouth cadets

5:30am Friday 23rd May 2014

THE Weymouth Sailing Club Open Day was hailed a great success by commodore Kathy Claydon.

AFLOAT: Five go off to Lulworth for a day’s cruise

Dorset Echo: LULWORTH LUNCH: Cruisers in the bay

5:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

FIVE Weymouth and Portland Cruising Association boats left Weymouth last Sunday for a day’s cruise to Lulworth Cove. With plenty of sunshine and a gentle breeze, Beth, Cornish Lady, Dark Star, Wych Mistress and Adelaide made good progress for the first hour.

AFLOAT: Figaro bid for rookie Mason

Dorset Echo: HEADING TO THE HARBOUR: Richard Mason

5:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

RICHARD Mason is preparing for his second major offshore race.

AFLOAT: Portland rowers achieve their highest ranking

Dorset Echo: HAWAIIAN CELEBRATION: Portland Gig Rowing Club

5:20am Friday 16th May 2014

PORTLAND Gig Rowing club are celebrating their successes in the World Pilot Gig Championships, held on the Isles of Scilly.

AFLOAT: Slalom joy for Wells

Dorset Echo: FLYING START: Tom Wells

5:10am Friday 16th May 2014

Tom Wells, 17, started the British Windsurfing Association’s Professional Slalom Series in smashing style.

AFLOAT: Scotty is a masterblaster

Dorset Echo: RACE FACE: Scotty Stallman heading to success

5:00am Friday 16th May 2014

SCOTTY Stallman, 12, demonstrated that he is a Masterblaster by winning the competition held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA).

AFLOAT: Oar-some invite from Portland club

Dorset Echo: GET GIGGING: Take up the sport

5:00am Friday 9th May 2014

PORTLAND Gig Rowing Club are looking to encourage more people to try rowing and join the growing popularity of this sport.

AFLOAT: Buoyant year for Cruising Association

Dorset Echo: CUP OF GLEE: Jeremy Parkinson receives the Ubiquitous Cup

5:00am Friday 9th May 2014

A WELL-ATTENDED Weymouth and Portland Cruising Association AGM at Castle Cove Sailing Club heard from president Michael Gregory what a successful year 2013 had been.

AFLOAT: Weymouth all set for gig world championships

Dorset Echo: GREAT GIG: Weymouth will be one of many crews competing this weekend

7:00am Friday 2nd May 2014

WEYMOUTH Rowing Club will have three boats at this year’s World Pilot Gig Championships, which start today on the Isles of Scilly.

AFLOAT: Adam's on the crest of a wave

Dorset Echo: CREDIT TO SAILING: Adam Greaves

5:00pm Thursday 1st May 2014

PORTLAND youngster Adam Greaves is yet again creating waves in the local sailing community.

AFLOAT: Magic Merlin holiday treat

Dorset Echo: ROCKET LAUNCH: A briefing before the start

4:30pm Thursday 24th April 2014

WEYMOUTH Sailing Club hosted a two-day coaching session for Merlin Rocket dinghies over Easter Sunday and Monday.

AFLOAT: Max loving Pelican life

Dorset Echo: LEARNING THE TRADE: Max Jones

4:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

MAX Jones has gained a lot from his work experience onboard Tall Ship Pelican.

AFLOAT: Lucas and Pascoe go in search of World Cup glory

Dorset Echo: GOLDEN GIRL: Megan Pascoe

7:00am Monday 21st April 2014

HELENA Lucas and Portland’s Megan Pascoe will both be aiming for their second ISAF Sailing World Cup victories of 2014 this week when they take to the waters of Hyeres, France in the 2.4mR class.

AFLOAT: Castle Cove duo fly in Spitfire at Youth Championships

Dorset Echo: CHALLENGING: The 29er fleet at the Youth Championships

8:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THIS week the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has been playing host to some of the top British youth sailing talent.

AFLOAT: Mason prepares for Solitaire du Figaro

Dorset Echo: IN FORMATION: Figaros in Plymouth

7:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

OFFSHORE competitor Rich Mason has arrived in Plymouth along with the 11 other Artemis Academy “rookies.”

AFLOAT: GB team places up for grabs at champs

Dorset Echo: YOUTH FOCUS: The National Championships start on Saturday

5:10pm Thursday 10th April 2014

THE Royal Yachting Association’s premier youth racing event, the Youth National Championships, starts on Saturday and runs until April 18 at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA).

AFLOAT: First gig of year a success for Portland crew

Dorset Echo: FIRST RACE OF SEASON: Portland Gig Rowing Club’s Pulpit Rock crew

5:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

AFTER an arduous winter’s training, Portland Gig Rowing Club got the new season off to a competitive start.

RUGBY: Dorchester out to end season on a high

Dorset Echo: EYES ON BIG FINISH: Dorchester’s Paul Broadbent

4:02pm Thursday 10th April 2014

MARTYN Peel’s Dorchester will look to end their season tomorrow just as they started it, with victory over Ivel Barbarians.

Sailing centre in tribute to Andrew 'Bart' Simpson to open on Olympic waters

Dorset Echo: Sailing centre in tribute to Andrew 'Bart' Simpson to open on Olympic waters

11:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A NEW sailing centre in tribute to Olympic star Andrew Simpson is set to open on the Olympic waters.

SAILING: Will Mackaness Trust receive £10,000 grant

Dorset Echo: NEW BOARDS: Ready for racing

9:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE Will Mackaness Trust has been successful in their application for a Sport England Small Grant Fund.

SAILING: Busy summer for Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy

Dorset Echo: LAUNCHING: Optimists at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy

8:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is bursting into life this Spring, offering a packed events calendar straight through the summer season.

AFLOAT: Topper Winter Regatta proves big success

Dorset Echo: TOP SHOW: Alex Macfarlane on the waves

5:10pm Thursday 27th March 2014

THE Topper Winter Regatta took place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy last weekend.

AFLOAT: Weymouth rowers shine at Newton's Cove regatta

Dorset Echo: FIRST LADIES: The Weymouth veteran A crew

5:00pm Thursday 27th March 2014

WEYMOUTH Rowing Club members were on top form during the mini regatta they hosted at Newton’s Cove.

VIDEO: Dorset's Olympic windsurf star Bryony Shaw in action

Dorset Echo: VIDEO: Dorset's Olympic windsurf star Bryony Shaw in action

4:45pm Thursday 27th March 2014

OLYMPIC windsurfer Bryony Shaw, who won a bronze medal at the women's RS:X class at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, blasts around the idyllic shores of the West Coast of Ireland and shares her thoughts on why she loves windsurfing.

AFLOAT: Elma’s donation to boost windsurfers

Dorset Echo: ON BOARD: Young windsurfers on the water

8:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

THE Chesil Trust, which oversees the Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver Scheme is very pleased to announce a further donation from Elma Shipley.

AFLOAT: Mason's joy after first solo effort

Dorset Echo: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Richard Mason relaxing after the challenge

8:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

WEYMOUTH’S Richard Mason finished brilliantly in his first solo offshore race, crossing the line 19th overall out of 38 boats. Here is his own account on how the race panned out

AFLOAT: Solo sail venture under way for Mason

Dorset Echo: OFF TO A GOOD START: Richard Mason

5:00pm Thursday 13th March 2014

THE dress rehearsals were well and truly over for 2014 Artemis Offshore Academy rookie Rich Mason (Artemis 77) yesterday as he set off on his first ever solo offshore Figaro race – the Solo Maître Coq.

AFLOAT: Bishop delighted with Wilkinson bounty

Dorset Echo: WILKO’S BACKING: Left to right: Wilkinson’s customer service assistant Kerry MacQueen, assistant store manager Ellen McPherson and till supervisor Paula O’Beirne present James Bishop with his cheque for £1,500

4:50pm Thursday 13th March 2014

A young sailor from Portland has received a £1,500 sponsorship boost from his local Wilkinson store on Westham Road, Weymouth.

AFLOAT: Tall ship Pelican hooks in enthusiast Evans

Dorset Echo: ON BOARD: Andrew Evans with a Pelican crew member

5:10pm Thursday 6th March 2014

HAVING been on holiday in Weymouth in 2011, Andrew Evans “fell in love” with the tall ship Pelican when she was moored in the harbour.

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