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2012 work completed at WPNSA 

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has completed its construction work on the first venue for the 2012 Games, it was announced today, as work was finished on new enhanced sailing facilities at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA).

The Olympic and Paralympic sailing events in 2012 will be hosted at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, and the adjoining Portland Marina, which offers world-class facilities and some of the best small boat sailing conditions in the world.

The ODA has now completed work to enhance the existing sailing facilities at WPNSA with the construction of a new permanent 250m slipway and new race-boat parking, lifting and mooring facilities. The conclusion of the project delivers an early legacy of world-class facilities for both elite athletes and the community to use.

Works on Portland Marina, which will be used alongside the Sailing Academy to provide berthing and land based facilities at Games time is progressing ahead of schedule, meaning all key facilities will be ready more than three years ahead of the start of the Games.

Beijing gold medal winning sailor Paul Goodison joined ODA Director Ralph Luck, Olympic Gold medallist Jonathan Edwards from the London Organising Committee (LOCOG), Jim Knight MP for Dorset and WPNSA Chairman Edward Leask to unveil the new facilities today.

Goodison, the world number one Laser sailor and Weymouth local who won gold in the Laser class at the Beijing Games, said: “Winning gold in Qingdao was an amazing experience - I am now looking forward to 2012, training and competing out of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on my home waters.”

ODA Director Ralph Luck said: “Completing our construction works for the first venue for 2012 is a huge milestone and delivers an early legacy of world-class facilities in Weymouth & Portland for sailors of all ages and abilities to use well ahead of 2012. Delivering the first venue on time and to budget keeps us firmly on track as work accelerates on this unprecedented project.

“The completion of these works is only the start for Weymouth & Portland and the huge investment going into the area shows how the Games can act as a catalyst for regeneration, delivering sporting and economic benefits before, during and long after 2012.”

The Royal Yachting Association’s Racing Manager and Performance Director, John Derbyshire, commented: “These are exciting times for British sailing after the team’s magnificent performance in China this summer, and now as we look towards a home Olympic Games at Weymouth & Portland in 2012.

“WPNSA will provide us with a fantastic venue for the sailing competition in just under four years’ time. But much, much more than that, WPNSA provides a legacy for sailors of all ages which will last well beyond 2012, whether you’re already involved in racing through the various Class Associations, or are just looking to get into the sport for the first time.”

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Article Published: May 19, 2009 12:24

Article Updated: June 25, 2009 10:39

 

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