WPNSA Links to Past and Future with Castle Cove Sailing Club

Portland Harbour

Portland Harbour

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) hosted Castle Cove Sailing Club’s annual Dinner Dance for a second year this November.  The Academy is now one of the most sought after wedding venues in Dorset during the summer months and is a festive escape from the norm for winter based events.  Castle Cove Sailing Club has strong links with the Games sailing venue due to it being the previous focus for Olympic class racing over many years and is now a 2012 sailing camp offering extra training facilities for the elite international racing world to access the waters of Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay.

The strong links that the WPNSA has developed in the Weymouth and Portland marine community take a top line priority in this world class sailing venue’s ethos.  Not only does the award winning venue cater for some of the most elite athletes across the globe it is also a member of the Weymouth and Portland business network which has a very active marine sector.

Hazel Shaw, Member of Castle Cove Sailing Club and mother of Bronze Medallist windsurfer, Bryony Shaw who attended the Dinner Dance commented, ‘both sailors and windsurfers alike flock to Portland Harbour to enjoy this unique setting and it is positive that there are a variety of sailing club and sports venues in this area where the amateur and professional water sports enthusiast can get afloat.  We feel that Castle Cove Sailing Club has a strong heritage with the Olympic scene and it is inspiring to have the 2012 sailing venue so close with ideal surroundings for our annual prize giving’.

The prize giving included Cindy Gray being awarded the Isaacs Trophy as winner of the ‘2010 Ladies Sailing Prize’.  The prize was presented by Mr Isaac’s daughter in remembrance of Joe Isaacs, a long standing and esteemed member of Castle Cove Sailing Club.

John Tweed, Chief Executive of the WPNSA has a deep interest in understanding the past and using this knowledge to support community relationships, ‘the local marine community surrounding the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has a long history which has built up both the reputation and overall success of Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay.  The fact that a number of these organisations are now using the Academy for their festive functions is a positive step in sustaining strong local links and fostering those relationships well beyond 2012’.

Details on the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy Christmas Event available to the public during December to follow shortly.

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