This summer, when if finally arrives, will see Weymouth & Portland National Sailing
Academy, the 2012 Games sailing venue, hosting a brand new event, open to all, the GJW Direct SailFest over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The WPNSA Annual Handicap Regatta, has been designed to combine racing, coaching, spectator interest and taster activities, throughout a festival style weekend.
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The crowds may not be as big but the facilities and sailing area are the same as that enjoyed by the Olympic competitors at the 2012 Games. Could this rival Kiel Week? May be not yet, but some form of conjunction with the Olympic classes Sail for Gold week, along the lines of the famous German regatta/festival, could be the way forward for WPNSA and Weymouth Town.
The Byte class are staging their National Championship and the Phantom class their Southerns, plus the RS600 and Fireballs will have Open Meeings during the four day event. There will be plenty of handicap events, as well as the windsurfer tasters and Weymouth College involved with tasters which is causing strong interest from sailors with families.
The early bird discount came to an end at the beginning of April, but because of the cold weather making it difficult to envisage summer sailing at the moment. SailFest have come up with an offer to counteract that additional £10 entry fee until the weather warms up. Any entry made during April or May will receive discount vouchers to the value of £10 to use in the WPNSA cafe during SailFest, effectively extending the early bird discount for the next two months.
Not a very inspiring event website but I am sure they can improve it.
20 April 2013 8:26 GMT