Uplifting Experience Planned for Olympic Sailors

GBR Match Race Team

GBR Match Race Team

Olympic sailing contenders Annie Lush, Lucy and Kate Macgregor will be soaring high above the waves in Weymouth in the New Year.

The three Poole girls who make up the GBR team for a new Olympic Match Race event will be special guests at the official groundbreaking for the new Weymouth Tower at 10am on Wednesday, January 4th.

And – weather permitting – a crane will hoist the three girls nearly 50 metres skywards for a taste of the spectacular views soon to be available to Tower visitors.

The £3.5 million attraction on the corner of Weymouth’s Festival Pier, alongside the ferry terminal, will overlook the Olympic Festival Village, and provide a bird’s eye view of the event course over which the three local girls will be vying for medals next summer.

Operated by Weymouth Sea Life Park owners Merlin Entertainments, at its highest point the view on a clear day will extend far beyond Weymouth Bay and Portland into the English Channel, and many miles along the famous Jurassic coast.

Turning through a full 360-degrees it will also reveal an incredible panoramic vista of the resort itself and some of West Dorset’s beautiful countryside.

“Work is already underway and so far we’re ahead of schedule,” said Tower and Sea Life boss Craig Dunkerley.

“There’s a real buzz of excitement in the resort already, and the official groundbreaking with Annie, Kate and Lucy is sure to boost anticipation stiff further,” he added.

Craig is determined to overcome his own fear of heights to join Annie, Lucy and Kate in the crane cradle on Jan 4th.

“It may take a crowbar to get my fingers off the rail when we get down,” he confessed, “but I’m not going to miss the opportunity.”

Annie, Kate and Lucy are just returned from Perth, Australia where they narrowly lost their ‘world champions’ crown to the American team.

An Olympic gold will be more than adequate compensation however, and that is what they have now set their sights on.

The event at the construction site will be followed by an informal reception at the Prince Regent Hotel at The Esplanade, Weymouth.

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