The WPNSA to Partner with Round Britain and Ireland Challenge



The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has formed a new long term partnership with the Round Britain and Ireland Challenge (RBIC) supporting this latest yacht racing challenge through hosting training events and providing race management, being the start and finish port for all circumnavigations in the series as well as the chosen final prize giving ceremony location.

The one design fleet will race three times per year round Great Britain and Ireland covering 2,800 miles with 9 official stopovers and 48 pay to enter crew slots available per challenge.  An important element in preparing teams for the estimated 28 day race will be the training weekends for which the WPNSA is ideally suited with the marina in direct access to the deep waters of Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay essential in experiencing the demanding seas that the race competitors will need to be adept at handling.

The RBIC management team and race organisation are based locally in Dorset with a strong commitment to supporting local business and bringing long term benefits to the marine economy.  Vendee Globe sailing star and OSTAR winner, Steve White, also from the South West and now campaigning for a single handed round the world record sees the RBIC as a very positive step for Weymouth and Portland.

“The RBIC is shaping up to become a fantastic event.  It is no small thing to sail around Britain and Ireland, and you will surely meet some varied and testing conditions.  The race format makes this a uniquely affordable event in terms of both time and berth fees, so now there are no excuses or reasons not to sail around our country”.

The WPNSA sees this latest partnership as a continued path in their business strategy which takes a long term outlook to provide revenue and interest in Weymouth and Portland long after 2012.  Chris Knight, Business Manager, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy commented, “We are looking towards a sustained relationship with the Round Britain and Ireland Challenge and are enthused to be involved with a national race that has it roots firmly in Weymouth and Portland.  Through the set of unique challenge series we are hoping to encourage sailors from all over Great Britain and Ireland to enjoy our world class waters and on-shore yachting facilities”.

With the first race of the challenge series starting in April 2011, the WPNSA will be hosting training activity as early as February in the New Year.  Charlie Walker, Managing Director of The Round Britain and Ireland Challenge says of the partnership, “our relationship with the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is adding extra polish to what is already shaping up to become an outstanding series of challenges. We are thrilled to be sharing the facilities at the Academy with some of the worlds’ elite sailors and local Dorset sailors.”

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