by Cailah Leask
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) on 11th June. The Academy provides access to the best small boat sailing waters in the world and is the first venue to be completed for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Royal Party will meet both Olympic hopefuls in training and local people who are learning to sail as part of WPNSA’s programme with the Chesil Trust - which offers subsidised Royal Yachting Association sailing courses many of which are run in conjunction with SailLaser for children and young people who are disabled or at a social disadvantage. The scheme is just one of the WPNSA’s and SailLaser’s many community involvement initiatives including the opportunity for individuals to ‘Sail for £5’,or for family groups of up to four people to have a sail for £10 and which will be available to the public again on July 11th as part of the ‘Spirit of the Sea’ Festival.
John Tweed, Chief Executive of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, said: “It is an enormous honour for the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy that both Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will be coming to see the completed Olympic Delivery Authority works and the Chesil Trust ‘Sail for a Fiver’ programme. On the 11th June there will be a number of young people learning to sail and we hope to give a real flavour of how important this facility is for the whole community, not just the competitive sailors”.
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy