Following a hugely successful London 2012 Olympic Games last summer, the RYA is now in the process of distributing a substantial amount of equipment used in Weymouth and Portland to Sailing Clubs around the country as part of their Olympic Legacy commitment.
As a sport, sailing has benefitted enormously from the Legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and it is the RYA’s intention to sustain the inspiration and enthusiasm that lit up Britain last summer by providing valuable pieces of equipment to clubs around the country that work tirelessly to promote and celebrate the sport of sailing.
Sailing is the envy of most other sports in terms of the abundance of equipment which was inherited from LOCOG once the Games had finished. Some of this equipment will be retained by the RYA for use in the delivery of future events around the UK to benefit the sport across the country.
The remaining pieces of kit, which include sets of marks which Sir Ben Ainslie would have rounded to confirm his status as Britain's most successful Olympic sailor of all time, will be given to the four National Academy venues as well as some other key clubs that have supported events in the build up to 2012.
The RYA has ensured there is a good geographical spread of the equipment to share the resource and allow other clubs and organisations to utilise equipment in their area, which will hopefully inspire sailors around the country to excel in the sport of sailing.
John Derbyshire, RYA Racing Manager/Performance Director, said: “We are very fortunate to have received such a large amount of specialist equipment and by distributing this around the country we believe the benefit will be felt by many sailors. We have to also remember that we are grateful for the dedication and commitment shown by so many volunteer race officials who used this equipment at the Games and will continue to use it to run events in the future”.