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.

AFLOAT: Mason ready for tilt at solo offshore glory

Dorset Echo: SOLO BOW: Richard Mason

5:00pm Thursday 6th March 2014

RICHARD Mason will take on the first solo offshore race of his sailing career next week.

AFLOAT: Super Sam's loving his sailing

Dorset Echo: AVANT A GOOD TIME: Sam Avant

5:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Sam Avant, 15, has lived in Weymouth all his life.

AFLOAT: Slalom camp is a smash hit

Dorset Echo: BLASTING ALONG: Taking part in the slalom training camp

4:40pm Thursday 27th February 2014

WINDSURFING and stand-up paddleboarding specialists, the Portland-based Official Test Centre (OTC), made the most of the good weather last weekend.

AFLOAT: Seize Pelican chance, urges Greaves

Dorset Echo: AT THE WHEEL: Cecilia Greaves

6:00pm Thursday 20th February 2014

A TEENAGER is looking forward to a brighter future, after a sailing adventure with a Weymouth- based charity helped build her confidence and conquer her fear of heights.

AFLOAT: Boost for Sailability

Dorset Echo: ON THE WATER: Chesil Sailability

5:00pm Thursday 13th February 2014

DISABILITY sport in Weymouth and Portland is set to receive a welcome boost.

AFLOAT: Patience's blow as Glanfield retires

Dorset Echo: GLORY DAYS: Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield

3:20pm Thursday 13th February 2014

LUKE Patience’s hunger for Olympic glory in Rio hasn’t wavered despite Joe Glanfield’s surprise decision to retire with immediate effect.

AFLOAT: Emma on board as Laura sails away

Dorset Echo: TAKING OVER: Emma Stevenson

5:00am Friday 7th February 2014

AFTER seven years, one Olympic and Paralympic Games and 364 Afloat pages, I’m stepping down as the Dorset Echo’s sailing correspondent.

AFLOAT: Big year ahead for Pascoe

Dorset Echo: CRUNCH YEAR: Megan Pascoe in her 2.4mR keelboat

6:00pm Thursday 6th February 2014

FRESH from winning gold at the Miami Olympic classes regatta, Portland’s Megan Pascoe is gearing up for an action-packed year.

SAILING: Golden hat-trick for British stars

Dorset Echo: EYES ON GLORY: Giles Scott

12:33pm Sunday 2nd February 2014

GILES Scott, Bryony Shaw and the 470 women’s pairing of Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre ensured a golden hat-trick for Britain’s sailors on the final day of the ISAF World Cup in Miami.

SAILING: Pascoe seals second consecutive Miami crown

Dorset Echo: GOLDEN GIRL: Megan Pascoe

12:31pm Sunday 2nd February 2014

THE cancellation of racing on the final day for the Paralympic classes saw Portland’s Megan Pascoe secure her second consecutive Miami World Cup title.

AFLOAT: Awards handed out as Weymouth celebrate

Dorset Echo: BIG NIGHT: Dignitaries at the Weymouth Sailing Club dinner dance.

5:30am Friday 31st January 2014

WEYMOUTH Sailing Club members and guests attended a dinner dance at the Hotel Prince Regent to celebrate another year’s sailing and look back on the club’s centenary year.

AFLOAT: Ayton set to make waves in Extreme Sailing Series

Dorset Echo: OMAN MISSION: The Wave, Muscat skipper Leigh McMillan, left, and team chairman Hawazen Esber, second from right, with new crew members Sarah Ayton and Nasser Al Mashari

5:30am Friday 31st January 2014

DOUBLE Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton will be returning to competitive racing for this year’s Extreme Sailing Series.

AFLOAT: Bithell's Pink link is buoyant

Dorset Echo: CHANGE OF TACK: Stuart Bithell

5:20am Friday 31st January 2014

PORTLAND’S Olympic sailing silver medallist Stuart Bithell, pictured, has had a change of tack in his quest for Olympic glory at Rio 2016.

AFLOAT: NOW OR NEVER: Refining our techniques

Dorset Echo: NEW TRICKS: Alex Tobutt and Stuart Appleby

8:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

WEYMOUTH sailors Alex Tobutt and Stuart Appleby are embarking on a ‘last chance’ self-funded Rio 2016 Games campaign in the 49er class and are calling for community support. Contact the duo at alexstuartsailing@gmail.com

AFLOAT: Bryony up for Biscayne bid

Dorset Echo: MIAMI AIM: Bryony Shaw

8:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

OLYMPIC bronze medal-winning windsurfer Bryony Shaw is among Britain’s contenders gearing up for action at the ISAF World Cup in Miami.

AFLOAT: Golden regatta for Portland's Scott

Dorset Echo: GOLDEN BOY: Giles Scott in his heavyweight Finn dinghy in Brazil

5:10pm Thursday 16th January 2014

PORTLAND sailing star Giles Scott has won gold at Rio de Janeiro’s Copa Brasil de Vela regatta.

AFLOAT: Weymouth trio revel in pursuit race

Dorset Echo: IN PURSUIT: Emma and Alexandra Stevenson and James Limb at the Bloody Mary Pursuit Race

5:00pm Thursday 16th January 2014

A TRIO of Weymouth youngsters were among the 290 contenders who took on the Bloody Mary Pursuit Race – the country’s largest inland dinghy race.

AFLOAT: Fish & Ships on the menu for Portland

Dorset Echo: CHIPPER: The Portland Marina team, who are preparing to host the inaugural Portland Fish & Ships boat show

5:00pm Thursday 9th January 2014

A NEW boat show will be taking place in the borough this spring where visitors and exhibitors can take part for free.

AFLOAT: Sailor Mike receives royal honour

Dorset Echo: ROYAL SHOW: Mike Cemm with the Princess Royal

4:50pm Thursday 9th January 2014

CORFE Castle sailor Mike Cemm has been presented with an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

AFLOAT: Sailing club reflects on historic year

Dorset Echo: CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS: Members of Weymouth Sailing Club re-enact a photo taken 100 years ago

5:00pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

AS THE curtains are drawn on Weymouth Sailing Club’s (WSC) centenary, members can look back at an eventful and exciting year.

AFLOAT: Rio, here we come: Park

Dorset Echo: FOCUSED; Stephen Park

6:00pm Monday 30th December 2013

AS 2013 draws to a close, British Sailing Team manager Stephen Park reflects on recent shake-ups within the sport and looks ahead to the race for Rio.

AFLOAT - NOW OR NEVER: Sailing the short course

Dorset Echo: STARTING TESTS: Alex Tobutt and Stuart Appleby

6:00pm Thursday 19th December 2013

WEYMOUTH sailors Alex Tobutt and Stuart Appleby are embarking on a ‘last chance’ self-funded Rio 2016 Games campaign in the 49er class and are calling for community support. Contact the duo at alexstuartsailing@gmail.com

AFLOAT: Helena makes a fact-finding trip to Rio

Dorset Echo: DELIVERING THE GOODS: Helena Lucas

6:00pm Thursday 19th December 2013

PARALYMPIC star Helena Lucas has paid her first-ever visit to Rio.

AFLOAT: Recce in Rio for Weymouth sailors

Dorset Echo: BRAZIL SHOW: Charlotte Dobson, front right, and Sophie Ainsworth, sixth from right, back row, with competitors at the 49er Intergalactic Championships in Rio

5:00pm Thursday 19th December 2013

WEYMOUTH’S aspiring Olympians have been enjoying a reconnaissance mission in Rio ahead of the 2016 Games.

AFLOAT: Champion inspires young sailors

Dorset Echo: LEARNING THE ROPES: Youngsters test out their skills on the water

5:00pm Thursday 12th December 2013

THE first South Coast Crew meet attracted a dozen young windsurfers to the waters of Portland Harbour.

AFLOAT: Patience in Fireball test

Dorset Echo: FIREBALL FOCUS: Luke Patience

4:30pm Thursday 12th December 2013

PORTLAND’S Olympic sailor Luke Patience will be trading his 470 boat for a Fireball high-performance dinghy to compete in the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series this weekend.

AFLOAT: Keelboat regatta for Weymouth

Dorset Echo: RACING SHOW: Impala racing at the Yacht Clubs of Weymouth Keelboat Regatta

6:00pm Thursday 5th December 2013

THE Yacht Clubs of Weymouth keelboat regatta committee, led by Adrian Crook, have announced the dates of next year’s regatta.

AFLOAT: Paddle up for some coastal fun

Dorset Echo: COASTAL WATCH: Enjoying a jaunt along the Jurassic Coast

6:00pm Thursday 5th December 2013

THE Isle of Portland Canoe Club (IOPCC) is inviting new members to grab a paddle and take to the water as 2014 approaches.

AFLOAT: Now or Never: Lack of light is an issue

Dorset Echo: SIGHTS ON RIO: Alex Tobutt and Stuart Appleby

5:00pm Thursday 5th December 2013

WEYMOUTH sailors Alex Tobutt and Stuart Appleby are embarking on a ‘last chance’ self-funded Rio 2016 Games campaign in the 49er class and are calling for community support. Contact the duo at alexstuartsailing@gmail.com

AFLOAT: Super Shaw scoops award

Dorset Echo: AWARDS JOY: Bryony Shaw with her coach Dom Tidey

7:00pm Thursday 28th November 2013

DORSET windsurfing star Bryony Shaw has capped off an impressive 2013 season by claiming the British Sailing Team’s Athlete of the Year prize.

AFLOAT - NOW OR NEVER: Boat control is hard trick

Dorset Echo: NEW TRICKS: Alex Tobutt and Stuart Appleby

7:00pm Thursday 21st November 2013

WEYMOUTH sailors Alex Tobutt and Stuart Appleby are embarking on a ‘last chance’ self-funded Rio 2016 Games campaign in the 49er class and are calling for community support. Contact the duo at alexstuartsailing@gmail.com



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