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Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy


Official Brochure 2018 - 2019

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Welcome Development and History Foreword Membership Facilities Available Hoist & Storage Facilities Sailing Events and Training The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre Learning to Windsurf Events and Training Centre Chesil Sailability Disabled Sailing Infrastructure for Major Events

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Race Management Portland Harbour Sailing Guide Olympic and Paralympic Games Other Sporting Events Information for Visitors Weddings, Functions and Seminars Legacy at WPNSA - The Chesil Trust Programme Green Credentials Testimonials How to Find US Contact Us

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eymouth Bay and Portland Harbour offers some of the best sailing waters on the planet and purpose-built on-shore facilities to

match. The winning combination continues to attract the best sailors from all over the world, who in turn discover what those closer to home have long been aware of: the combination of clean winds, sheltered waters and weak tides in the area is unique and provides an unrivalled location for thrilling sporting competition. Spectators, meanwhile, marvel at the spectacular backdrop to the action, with our modern world-class facility set in the centre of the Jurassic Coast, the only natural World Heritage Site on the UK mainland. WPNSA primarily offers its superb venue for events and training, but also supports a successful sailing school, windsurfing school and a large members’ community catering for all abilities from complete beginners to Olympians.

Our purpose is to effectively promote the sport of sailing to all levels of competence and ability, through courses, training and national as well as international events, whilst supporting and working closely with the local community. Facilities on-shore include a licensed function room, conference/meeting rooms, various slipways, a 16-tonne boat hoist, extensive dinghy parks, three permanent cranes and storage for all types of boats. Our magnificent venue lends itself perfectly as an outstanding choice of venue for functions, business meetings, weddings and conferences. First and foremost, though, we are a place for sailors run by people with a passion for sailing. Our commitment to young sailors is absolute and through an associated charity called the Chesil Trust, we have introduced thousands of local children to the sport with the ‘Sail for a Fiver’ scheme. WPNSA has a commitment to stewardship of the environment and in striving to play our part in making our industry more sustainable the Academy has won several prestigious awards. Whether you wish to run a major championship event, try sailing for the first time or simply enjoy sailing for the fantastic and fun sport that it is, we think you will find our services unbeatable.


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Development and History


rom the earliest days of sailing ships, experienced sailors have known of the particular qualities of the local sailing waters. Henry VIII recognised their importance and built two castles to protect the area. The Royal Yachting Association had been trying for decades to secure a suitable site locally to make the most of these natural advantages, but the opportunity came when in 1999 it was announced that the Royal Naval Air Station at Portland was to be closed. A group of local people established a not-for-profit company to take the vision of a national centre of excellence for the sport of sailing forward and with the support of the Royal Navy, the Royal Yachting Association, the South West Regional Development Agency, Sport England and all the local authorities in the area, this idea started to take shape. The Academy started sailing operations on the site in March, 2000. After initially operating from the disused military buildings and facilities, in 2003 the Academy was in a position to start construction work on redeveloping the site. At the same time the London bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was gathering momentum and the Academy was selected as part of the sailing venue in the bid to the International Olympic Committee. Construction works were completed in the spring of 2005 and HRH The Princess Royal formally opened the new Academy buildings on 9th June, 2005. Less than a month later London was selected as the venue for the 30th Olympiad. This impressive facility had therefore moved from starting sailing operations on the site to being part of an Olympic venue in slightly more than five years. Once the decision had been made to award the 2012 Games to London, plans were put in place to further enhance the facilities to bring them up to the standard required by the IOC. The Olympic Delivery Authority then funded further marine works to meet these standards. These works, consisting of additional reclamation of the harbour, new slipways, construction of a breakwater and pontoons were finished in 2008, on time and on budget, making the Academy the first of the 2012 venues to be completed.


The Academy also provided training facilities for the GBR team in the runup to both the 2008 and 2012 Games. Development of the Academy has provided first class facilities including 220 metres of slipway accessible at all states of wind and tide as well as 600 dinghy spaces and 125 protected marina berths for ribs and yachts. The combination of clean winds, sheltered waters and small tidal range in the area is unique. World-class facilities set in the centre of the Jurassic Coast, the only natural World Heritage Site on the UK mainland, provide an unrivalled venue for training and sailing competitions. WPNSA is also committed to promoting the sustainable legacy of the Games through social and environmental programmes.

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he Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy is privileged to offer a wide range of services. We understand that with such variety, the requirements of our customers are many, and our dedicated and knowledgeable staff are focussed on offering every assistance. We are extremely proud to be recognised as one of the outstanding sailing venues in the world, with access to the extensive waters of Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay. We aim to bring that acknowledgement as a world class sporting venue, to all aspects of the facilities and services we can provide. On behalf of all our staff and on-site partners, we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you to the WPNSA.

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he Sailing Academy welcomes new members. Membership is open to recreational sailors who wish to use the extensive facilities on a regular basis. Members are able to store equipment on site permanently or simply launch their boat/board if they wish.

Temporary day membership is also available to all who wish to use WPNSA’s facilities. The fee covers launching, parking and use of the changing and social facilities, with overnight storage available if required. Temporary membership can be purchased for up to a maximum of two weeks per annum.

Membership types are as follows:

Please note all members must also pay harbour dues, this is a small fee that Portland Harbour authority charge to all those using the area in order to maintain the harbour.

Single Handed Membership Available to owners of a single-handed dinghy that is used by that person only.

We do have some limited space for campervans and caravans for people attending events.

Standard Membership Available to owners of double-handed dinghies or power boats who wish to use the facilities to launch. Storage Available to Single Hander or Standard Members only.

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The price includes: • Vehicle parking in the WPNSA car parks. • Use of the changing rooms and shower facilities. • Launching fees and harbour dues for the year, providing access in all wind and tide states. • Two free one-hour rentals of the latest equipment in stock. • 10% off tuition and hire from The OTC. • 10% off WPNSA café prices. All this, plus a calendar full of social events, demo days, pro-clinics, barbecues and more. And being statistically the windiest location on the south coast, we are sure the wind will show up as well...!

“Temporary day membership is also available to all who wish to use WPNSA’s facilities”

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Wpnsa Windsurfing Membership The WPNSA Windsurfing Membership Scheme continues to make the sport more accessible than ever before. Portland Harbour is one of the most exceptional windsurfing venues in Europe and with The Official Test Centre (OTC), windsurfing is represented as it deserves to be within the Academy grounds. As such, with its location, facilities and resources the windsurfing membership scheme represents unbeatable value.


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Facilities Available


he venue has been extensively developed over the 10 years that WPNSA has been in operation.

Internal Facilities include:

External Facilities include

• “Spinnakers” Function Room with a fully-licensed bar and catering facilities for up to 170 people. There is also a substantial balcony giving great views of all the activity on site and over Portland Harbour.

• 2 dinghy slipways (220m width in total) accessible at all states of the tide

• Event hall with a licensed bar and catering facilities and a capacity of up to 350 people. The hall can be used for exhibitions or sporting events and the room can be dressed with wall lining, up lighters, a stage and music system for a more formal affair.

• 125 pontoon spaces for event mooring with personal hoists for disabled access to boats • 1 deep water vehicle launching slipway • Rigging area for windsurfers • 2 fixed cranes for boats up to 2.5 tonnes

• Boardroom with sea views for up to 15 people

• Fully submersible boat hoist for boats up to 16 tonnes/4.5m beam

• 6 Small Lecture/Meeting rooms for up to 20 people

• Storage for members for dinghies, keelboats and powerboats

• Large Lecture/Meeting rooms for up to 70 people

• Short and long term storage and winterisation for yachts and powerboats

• Large cafe and bar open every day serving hot and cold food and drinks

• Parking areas for approximately 300 vehicles

• Ample toilets, showers/changing rooms and a drying room

• Overnight parking for campervans/caravans available for those using the WPNSA facilities

• Full disabled access is provided including lifts at both ends of the building, disabled changing/shower rooms and a ramp into the dinghy park

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• Electronically-controlled access gates and extensive CCTV system in operation • Space for corporate entertaining, media centre, marquees etc. • All facilities are fully accessible


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Hoist & Storage Facilities


e offer competitive rates for hoist and storage facilities for yachts, motor boats, RIB’s and dinghies. Open 7 days a week, we are here to help with all your lifting and storage requirements. We pride ourselves on our personal approach and have undertaken thousands of lifts over the years. • Newly refurbished Slipway hoist driven from an elevated position • 15 - 50 ft • Up to 16 ton max lift • Short and long term storage available • Lift and holds for survey or bottom scrubbing etc. • Protected lifting area with dedicated pontoon • Pontoon waiting area • Complimentary pontoon prior to hoist • 8ft rubber rollers make driving in easy • Access to shore power and water • Concrete or Block Pavers hard standing • Clean site with friendly atmosphere • Café on site & refreshments • Changing and shower facilities


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Sailing Events and Training


t WPNSA we pride ourselves on being an outstanding year-round

venue. We have a strong history of hosting National, European and World Championships in keelboat, dinghy and windsurfing events. The venue is capable of hosting more than 1,000 competitors at a time racing across a number of different disciplines. The sailing fraternity understand that with the renowned waters of Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay and the excellent shore side facilities, WPNSA represents an outstanding venue to host prestigious championships.

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WPNSA is pleased to be welcoming back many classes that regularly hold events here such as the Toppers, 29ers, Solos, Lasers, Cadets and International Moths. In 2019 there are many key events including the National Schools Sailing Regatta, Optimist Nationals and the A Class Catamaran World Championship. The busy events calendar in 2019 will give the Academy and local suppliers a full season’s worth of activity all contributing to the Academy’s legacy from the 2012 Games.


WPNSA is delighted to be working once again with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) on two prestigious events in 2019. Firstly, the RYA Youth Nationals which will have 10 youth classes competing for the Nationals titles across a full weeks racing in Portland Harbour during the Easter holiday. Secondly, the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships in May. This exciting event will bring some of the World’s best sailors to Portland, most of which will be hoping for good results for their campaigns to get to Tokyo 2020. The Sailing Academy is a very popular base all year round for training and coaching at all levels. Lecture rooms and equipment are available for hire, supported by excellent catering facilities. The British Sailing Team use Portland as their base and as members at WPNSA are regularly seen training here alongside the youngsters who may be our stars of the future. For event bookings and training please contact reception@wpnsa.org.uk or telephone 01305 866000.

“The Sailing Academy is a very popular base for training and coaching at all levels. Fully-equipped lecture rooms, safety ribs and marks are available for hire, supported by excellent catering facilities”


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The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre


ailing here in the Olympic waters is special, and the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre offers something for everyone, from complete beginners to future Olympic champions, ages 5+! The Centre is a fully accredited RYA Training Centre, offering a wide range of RYA sailing and powerboat courses, instructor training packages and race coaching programmes. We also run successful schools & groups programmes and, with the Chesil Trust, the popular “Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver” youth scheme. With a fleet of over 70 dinghies from a variety of world class manufacturers such as Laser Performance, RS Sailing, Topper Sailboats and Ovington, combined with a highly qualified and dedicated team of instructors and coaches, the centre creates a perfect platform for learning. The range of dinghies and experienced race coaches means the centre can offer race coaching for those looking to improve their skill or transition into their next dinghy. The centre is also able to offer the new RYA SAILfoil syllabus, facilitating the pathway into foiling dinghies. Whether you’re new to the sport or a returning expert looking to fine tune technique or qualify as an instructor or coach, the centre has something to offer you. Visit www.ASWC.co.uk for more details or Telephone: 01305 457400

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The Andrew Simpson Foundation The Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) was founded in memory of, and inspired by, Olympic Gold medallist, sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson. The Founding trustees are Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah. The Andrew Simpson Foundation’s overarching objective is to increase sailing participation and improve the lives of young people through sailing. The ASF uses the challenges of sailing to develop young people by promoting health & wellbeing and building the personal skills that will improve their ability to succeed in life and work. To achieve its objectives the ASF is engaged in the following charitable activities: i) the delivery of the annual Bart’s Bash (the world’s largest mass-participation sailing event), ii) carrying out research into the benefits of regular sailing participation, iii) delivering seven Community Sailing Programmes and iv) training Volunteer Coaches / Instructors. It also provides practical assistance and small grants to other, likeminded, not-for-profit sailing organisations. To deliver its Community Sailing Programmes and provide a sustainable source of income, the ASF currently runs four Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres (ASWC). The centres are located at Portland, Portsmouth, Reading and Lake Garda. The watersports centres are all part of a wholly owned, not-for-profit, subsidiary of ASF. More information on the sailing and watersports centres can be found at www.aswc.co.uk.




he Official Test Centre (OTC) is a purpose-built centre with the clear goal to showcase windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand up paddling, and provide access to these fast growing sports for everyone. Housing all the major brands under one roof, the concept of the centre is to enable its clients to test and compare the latest designs for themselves in favourable conditions. The centre’s friendly approachable staff are also well informed of all the latest trends (such as foiling), testing for international magazines and hosting national events throughout the year. They are on hand to provide impartial advice and ensure you use the kit that is right for you.

For more information about windsurfing, kitesurfing or SUP, please contact info@otc-windsurf.com or telephone 01305 230296 / 07817717904 or visit their website, uk.otc-windsurf.com.

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With its affiliated RYA / AALA accredited school (the Osprey Training Centre) the OTC can provide tuition in the three water sports at every level, from the complete beginner to those wishing to hone their advanced techniques. They have a vast stock of new and used kit in their on-site shop, plus any spares that are required. As such, the OTC puts windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand up paddling firmly on the map in one of the most prominent watersports arenas in the marine leisure industry today.









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Events and Training Centre


he Sailing Academy is fortunate to have a wide range of facilities which give visiting events and training classes an array of room sizes to choose from. These range from private classrooms that can cater from between 12 to 30 people through to the large events hall which can be used for larger briefings, physical testing or equipment scrutineering.

If you have got an event or function and are keen to impress your clients, delegates or guests, the Sailing Academy should be placed at the top of your list of potential venues. We would be delighted to give you a your of the facilities, please call us to arrange a visit or for further information.

The event hall has a capacity of up to 350 people and includes a large bar and catering facilities. This flexible space has been used previously for other wide-ranging events such as BMX displays, music concerts and charity balls and promotional boxing exhibitions, with an impressive ceiling canopy available to allow the room to be transformed for special occasions and create just the right atmosphere.


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Chesil Sailability


hesil Sailability provides opportunities for people with disabilities to sail, either for fun, to learn to sail, or to progress to sailing competitively. Sailing gives people the opportunity to take part in a healthy, sociable and outdoor activity, and provides a freedom on the water regardless of any disability. Chesil Sailability provides sailing for people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and long term health conditions. The Chesil Sailability team are also passionate about enabling people to progress and take their sailing as far as they want.

Inspired by the 2012 Paralympics, Chesil Sailability was set up in 2013, and is entirely volunteer run. They operate from a small base at the Sailing Academy, and people come from across Dorset to sail. Chesil Sailability is a registered charity (Charity no 1154416), and is affiliated to the national RYA Sailability programme.

For more information about Chesil Sailability, please look at their website at http://www.chesilsailability.org.uk/ or contact them at info@chesilsailability.org.uk

They have a small fleet of Hansa 303 accessible dinghies, Hawk 20 day keelboats and support safety RIBs. They run regular sessions on Tuesday evenings, and also support some sailors who race on the Hansa class circuit. The excellent accessible facilities at the Sailing Academy also enable Chesil Sailability to be involved in national level events, for example, supporting Help for Heroes, RYA Sailability and the Sailing Academy in running Invictus Games sailing events.

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Disabled Sailing


he Academy has been developed with access for all in mind. Whilst being the training base of choice for the British Sailing Team Paralympic squad the same facilities are open to all disabled sailors. The site and building is fully accessible to wheelchair users with a lift at either end of the building All changing facilities are fully accessible whilst a special needs changing area caters for those needing additional assistance All signage around the building is tactile and subtitled in Braille and there is a portable induction loop for use within the building Extra wide pontoon fingers were installed to ease wheelchair access and hydraulic hoists are situated on a number of the pontoons

“I love training in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour as they offer a wide range of sailing conditions. The Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy is an unbeatable venue for disabled sailors with new, purpose-built, facilities. For example, there are disabled access hoists on the pontoons, providing the safest access to tidal waters for people with disabilities anywhere in the UK. I don’t know of any other sailing venue where the needs of sailors of all abilities are so well catered for.” - Helena Lucas MBE, Paralympic Gold Medalist


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Infrastructure for Major Events


PNSA is now the natural venue of choice for major marine events. In addition to the quality of the waters for competition, there has been an enormous investment in sailing and transport infrastructure that sets WPNSA apart. The Academy has 125 pontoon berths available for events and there are further berths available in Portland Marina if required. In addition to the pontoon facilities there are deep water slipways for launching of RIBs and support boats and three boat hoists available locally ranging from 16 tonnes to 320 tonnes capacity. For the smaller keelboats, the Academy has three cranes between 2.5 tonnes and 4 tonnes capacity, so large fleets of small keelboats can be dry sailed. The Academy provides world class race management, so whatever the nature or size of your event we are able to provide ready-made, tried and tested solutions.


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Race Management


PNSA have built up a long established reputation for running major championship events.

With many years of “hands on” experience, the WPNSA race management team has evolved to become an extremely efficient and professional operation. Together with world class waters for sailing, large dinghy and car parks, we offer superb onshore facilities enabling us to cater for large regattas all year round with the ability to provide all social and sailing activity on site if required. The fully-licensed clubhouse provides a complete catering service with menus to suit all tastes and can lay on a mouth-watering spread which will satisfy competitors, officials and guests whatever the occasion, from barbecues right through to formal prize-giving black-tie dinners. WPNSA offers everything from basic event facilities to a complete race management package personalized to suit the individual class association. For further information or a quote please email reception@wpnsa.org.uk or call 01305 866000.

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Portland Harbour Sailing Guide


ortland Harbour and Weymouth Bay are the main areas used for sailing. The harbour covers an area of 8.6 square kilometres (2,125 acres), and is ideal for sailing as it is exposed to reliable winds from most directions, but is sheltered from large waves and currents by Chesil Beach and the breakwaters. Race Areas We are fortunate to be able to lay sheltered courses inside Portland Harbour as well as being able to lay multiple courses in the more challenging conditions of Weymouth Bay. Because of this flexibility in course areas, there are options to move races around in the event of bad or difficult weather conditions.

Inside Portland Harbour because the prevailing south-westerly wind comes over Chesil Beach, the water inside the harbour is offered some protection and tends to be quite flat. There is also the option to take racing outside Portland Harbour and into Weymouth Bay, though there is tide across this stretch of water. The strong feature of Weymouth and Portland is that it has ‘clean winds’. The prevailing south-westerly and westerly winds blowing across Chesil Beach give a limited ‘fetch’. Weymouth Bay is a relatively sheltered basin with clean winds and small waves. This means that sailing conditions for the venue are almost neutral, so that local knowledge is of no great importance.

Sea State and Tide The location is dominated by the long, arching shingle crescent of Chesil Beach of the Jurassic Coast, which stretches from West Bay in the northwest to Portland in the south. The beach is only 200m at its widest and rises to about 11m above sea level. On the seaward side it shelves steeply away for 300m until it levels off to a depth of about 18m. At the tip of the beach, Portland Bill juts out, where a tidal stream runs very strong and eddies of great extent form in the bays on each side of the peninsula. The streams run south for the majority of the time and there can be violent turbulence off the Bill, where these currents meet the east and west-going coastal ones. Portland Harbour has a lot of things in its favour. It is sheltered from the predominant south-westerly winds by Chesil Beach; added breakwaters give protection from the south-easterlies. These features also stand as barriers against strong winds, large waves and currents. Together with the strong limestone of the Isle of Portland, they affect tides in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, where the maximum tidal range is small, less than 2.5m at springs and less than 1m at neaps. Tidal streams in Portland Harbour are irregular; the spring tide rate is approximately one knot and extends for only a short distance into and out of the harbour, but there are eddies off the heads of the breakwaters. Inside the harbour, tidal streams are imperceptible.


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A Reminder of the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games


he waters of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour played host to ten exhilarating sailing events during the London 2012 Olympic Games in July and August and a further three events during the Paralympics in September. As far as home supporters were concerned, pride of place went to Ben Ainslie, who in typical battling fashion in the Finn Class, fought his way to his fourth gold medal in successive Games to become the most decorated sailor in Olympic history. Team GB also added four silver medals, marking the fourth consecutive Olympic Games that Britain had collected at least five medals. Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson’s silver medal in the Star was followed by a similar result for Nick Dempsey in the RS:X Windsurfing. Britain’s haul was complete with silvers to Olympic debutants Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell in the Men’s 470 and for Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark in the Women’s 470. The Paralympics were no less thrilling or enthralling, as Britain entered racing having not won a medal since sailing joined the full Paralympic Games programme at Sydney 2000. All that was to change, however, with two medals on the final day. Helena Lucas – the only woman in the fleet – won gold in the 2.4-metre one-person keelboat event while Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell claimed bronze in the SKUD twoperson keelboat. 6 years on we are proud that the British Sailing Team still use us as their training base.


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ith the outstanding facilities we have here at WPNSA we can also accommodate other sporting events. In the past we have been successful in hosting:

Our physical location makes it a great transitional centre for events that can take advantage of the stunning natural resources of Dorset. We have immediate access to the national coastal path and excellent additional outdoor pursuits on our doorstep.

• Triathlons Marathons and sea swimming events

For enquiries about using WPNSA as your sporting venue please email reception@wpnsa.org.uk or telephone 01305 866000.

• Team building events • Corporate Sailing days • Offshore racing stopovers, starts and finishes Whether your event needs access to the water for swimmers and vessels or simply large amounts of outside space in which to erect marquees, the WPNSA is able to accommodate your needs. We also have a large car parking area to complement the extensive event facilities. Our flexible approach to prospective clients, the meticulous attention to detail and professionalism of our staff, together with our experience of hosting major national and international events makes us a winning choice.


“Our physical location also makes it a great transitional centre for events that can take advantage of the stunning natural resources of Dorset”

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Information for Visitors

Membership We invite everybody to share our fantastic facilities, you can do this in a number of ways, by taking out a membership in the form of daily, weekly or an annual membership. For further information please ask at reception. Drying room

Opening times Monday- Friday: 9am-5pm Saturday & Sundays: 8am-5pm Entry to the site An access code will be required to enter the site which you can obtain from our reception, or you can call our reception in advance (01305 866000). This will allow you to enter the site to drop boats or campervans off out of working hours. These codes have valid to and from dates which usually span the weekend, so please remember to gain this code each time you visit. Car parking Parking is free but we ask that cars are parked in the designated car parking spaces. The dinghy park must be kept vehicle free for the safety of all pedestrians and to maximize boat space.

After you have been on the water feel free to use our drying room, located opposite the changing rooms this will be left open for your convenience. Please note that leaving items in here is done at your own risk. Items left on the floor or in changing rooms will be moved to lost property. Lockers We have lockers available to keep your valuables safe. You can obtain a locker key from reception. You will be required to leave a £10 refundable deposit. Coaching If you are a coach visiting our facilities for training you must register with us in advance. You must also come to reception at the start of each days training to fill in a risk assessment and collect information regarding commercial movements on the local waters. Café opening hours


Monday- Friday: 9am-5pm Saturday & Sundays: 8am-5pm

If you have booked or wish to book a classroom please speak to our receptionist and she will provide you with an access code for entry. We do have projector equipment available and televisions in selected rooms. We ask you not to leave any valuable equipment in the lecture rooms and to ensure the door is shut behind you.

During events and training, if requested in advance, the Café can be open later for evening meals. We also have 3 bars which can be opened during events and functions.

Launching We have 220 metres of slipway accessible at all states of wind and tides. The slipways inside the compound are for manual launching only. For vehicle launching we have a separate designated slipway, based between WPNSA and Portland Marina. Please ask at reception.


Campervans and Caravans If you are attending an event at WPNSA it is possible to park your campervan or caravan at the Sailing Academy, however tents are not allowed on site. Access to the clubhouse showers and changing rooms is provided 24/7. We do have some limited availability of pitches with access to electricity or you can bring your own generator. All campervan bookings can be made via our website. Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy - 37

Weddings, Functions and Seminars


eymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has a wide selection of well-appointed rooms available for private hire.

From business meetings, seminars and workshops to weddings, parties and corporate functions, our experienced and courteous staff are here to provide a first class service to make it a day to remember.

WPNSA boasts a variety of different rooms all with disabled access. Equipment can also be provided – such as flipcharts, projectors and screens and there is free Wifi available throughout the building.

WPSNA can cater for almost any occasion. Our functions and seminars coordinators will tailor your package to your own unique requirements. We regularly host: • Seminars and workshops • Wedding ceremonies & receptions • Formal dinners • Parties • Balls and proms • Exhibitions • Socials and parties • Meetings/interviews • Corporate days • Christmas parties • Christenings • Funeral receptions

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Our produce is locally sourced, prepared and cooked by our top class catering team. The same attention to detail is given to all our menus, from a finger buffet to a large celebration banquet. For more information or a chat to discuss your function please contact us by calling 01305 866000 or by email: reception@wpnsa.org.uk Corporate Entertaining The Academy is the perfect place to host corporate functions or events. Situated overlooking some of the finest sailing waters in the world, with the stunning backdrop of the Jurassic Coast, we can guarantee a memorable experience for your staff and clients. Corporate days run by WPNSA work so well because of the extensive facilities which are available both on water and on land. As well as the world-class sailing, the Academy is able to offer conference and meeting rooms and a fully-licensed restaurant and bar allowing you to combine work with pleasure. Whether you want to try dinghy sailing, experience big boat sailing at its most exciting or simply enjoy a leisurely cruise around the world-famous waters we can arrange a bespoke event which best suits your individual needs.

Our rooms

For more information contact us via email at reception@wpnsa.org.uk or by telephone by calling 01305 866000.

• ‘Spinnakers’ our main function room with a capacity of up to 150 people seated banquetstyle and 170 buffet-style with its own servery and bar. It is also licensed for wedding ceremonies.It has a built- in projector and screen to ensure professional presentations and there is a large balcony boasting magnificent views across Portland Harbour, Weymouth Bay and beyond to the Jurrasic Coast. • Event hall with a capacity of up to 250 people seated banquet style and 350 buffet style. It also includes a large bar and catering facilities. • Large lecture/briefing room with a capacity of up to 70 people • Medium lecture/briefing rooms with a capacity of up to 30 people • Small lecture/meeting rooms with a capacity of 10-15 people www.wpnsa.org.uk

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Legacy at WPNSA – The Chesil Trust Programme


he Chesil Sailing Trust is an independent charity dedicated to helping young or disabled people experience water sports, especially sailing and windsurfing. It raises and provides the funds for specialist operators to put on a range of programmes and projects. The most well known programme are taster sessions, called ‘The Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver Scheme’, with those showing enthusiasm or promise assisted to go on to gain further experience or qualifications. Over the last 13 years, the Chesil Sailing Trust has helped around 20000 children and young people to participate in the initial ‘Sail for a Fiver’ introductory course, many of whom went on to further develop their skills in the certificated RYA Level 1 & 2 continuation courses.

“The legacy programme is a key element to Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy’s philosophy,” Ben Ainslie said. “We are committed to helping less privileged Dorset children try water sports at the venue and continue to support them through to racing events. A Sail for a Fiver child today may be a future medal winner and it is our job to ensure this opportunity is given to the young people and people with disabilities’. The Chesil Sailing Trust relies entirely on voluntary contributions for its funding. Much more information can be found on the Trust’s website www.chesiltrust.org.uk If you can help, please contact: Tom Grainger, c/o Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1SA or email: clerk@chesiltrust.org.uk

The programme from 2013 onwards has been kindly sponsored by Mrs Shipley in memory of her late husband, Rod Shipley. Other programmes financed by the Trust include a Rod Shipley Windsurf for a Fiver Scheme, apprenticeship schemes in sailing and windsurfing, bursary schemes for the most promising participants in the Sail for a Fiver scheme, sailing for young people on a restored Junk through a partnership with the Boleh Trust and Tall ship sailing through the Trinty Sailing Foundation. The Chesil Sailing Trust has helped establish the independent charity Chesil Sailability - an Olympic Legacy supporting sailors who are disabled. Previous programmes have provided money for underprivileged children from East London schools to gain experience of teamwork and sailing on the TS Pelican and using Health Legacy providing a programme of sailing instruction and experience to children at risk of developing future health problems. Legends such as Sir Ben Ainslie, Sarah Dempsey and Iain Percy have all trained at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy and understand the importance of inspiring new generations into the sport of sailing.


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PNSA has a commitment to stewardship of the environment and has been described by Natural England as ‘an example of best practice’. It is believed to be the only sailing venue in the world to have achieved the Sustainable Event Certification (ISO 20121), a management system standard designed to help organisations in the events industry improve the sustainability of their event related activities, products and services. The award-winning building was designed to be energy efficient and has the largest photovoltaic array for the generation of solar energy yet installed in South Dorset. Working with SSE Energy, the extended photovoltaic installation now generates 20 per cent of the electricity requirement.

The venue, in conjunction with SSE won the 2008 Sport Industry Award for ‘Environmental Concern in Sport’. In 2009 the WPNSA won the International Olympic Committee recognised architectural award ‘the IPC/ IAKS Distinction for Accessibility’ for excellent disabled access. We also won an acclaimed Environmental Award from Britain’s bestselling yachting magazine in 2011. The Practical Boat Owner Green Awards selected WPNSA as winner of the ‘Marine Service and Support’ award. The PBO Awards recognise marine businesses that have taken steps to reduce the environmental impact of leisure boating and thereby make the industry more sustainable. Most recently the Academy won the Boating Business Environmental Award for 2012.

In addition to this, there is also the recovery of ‘grey water’ from the roof which is used for boat washing in ssubstitution for mains water and an active recycling programme in place, as well as the installation of motion-sensitive lights throughout the complex. Marine litter is also taken seriously, and a Marine Litter Summit in conjunction with the Dorset Coast Forum was hosted on site to highlight the issue and enforce strict policies at the site.


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Testimonials “Thank you once again to all your team and you for all you did to make our event this morning such a success” Education Development Trust, prime contractor for the delivery of the National Careers Service, June 2018 “From start to finish, your staff’s attention to detail has been fantastic and the support and advice throughout the whole process makes our experience infinitely easier - quite simply, organising an event at WPNSA could not be any simpler! We know that you manage much bigger events with sailors at a much higher standard, but we have always been made to feel special when we hold our event at the Academy.” John, Chairman - UK Byte Class Association, July 2018 “Thank you Sally, both yours and Pete’s support is very much appreciated, thank you to you and the whole team that made the eventrun as smoothly as it did” Doug, Chairman UK Cadet Class Association, April 2018 “I am just sending this e-mail to thank you and your team for all that you did to make my wife`s surprise party such a special occasion. The venue and the catering were fantastic as was the professionalism, helpfulness and welcoming nature of all your staff. Please convey our sincere thanks and appreciation to all involved.” Surprise 50th Birthday Party


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eymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy is located in Portland, Dorset, four miles south of Weymouth town centre. For those with SatNav our postcode is DT5 1SA. Directions By Car From Dorchester Take the A354 to Weymouth. From Poole and Bournemouth Take the A35 towards Dorchester and then follow the A354 to Weymouth. From Bridport Take the B3157 to Weymouth.

For train journey times and information please see www.nationalrail.co.uk or call National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50 By Air Bournemouth is the nearest local airport, while there are other regional airports at Southampton, Exeter and Bristol. It is possible to catch public transport to Portland from any of these locations, as it is from Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Taxi information There are many taxi ranks around Weymouth town centre (some will be waiting outside the train station) and there are taxis lined up along the sea front available for hire. Alternatively if you would like a list of taxi numbers, please contact us on 01305 866000 or reception@wpnsa.org.uk

When you arrive at Weymouth Take the A354 to Portland. This will bring you to the causeway linking Weymouth and Portland. Halfway along the causeway you will reach a mini-roundabout. Turn left, we are signposted ‘Sailing Academy’. By Bus Local bus services serving the Academy are provided by First Buses. For further information contact 0871 200 22 33 By Rail There are frequent daily services linking Weymouth to London Waterloo and to Bristol and the south-west. Direct hourly service to/from London Waterloo (2hrs 40mins) Direct regular service to/from Bristol Temple Meads (2hrs 45mins) Direct frequent service from Southampton Parkway & Southampton Central (approx 1hr)


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e look forward to welcoming you to Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. If you have any questions or would like further information, then please do not hesitate to contact us. WPNSA, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset DT5 1SA Telephone: 01305 866000 Email: reception@wpnsa.org.uk Website: www.wpnsa.org.uk You can also interact with us on Facebook and Twitter:

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