Wednesday, July 27, 2011

 

With one year to go until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, preparations are on track and London’s vision to host an Olympic Games that inspires the world is set to become reality.
 
A total of 15,000 athletes from over 200 countries will compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer, and preparations are on track to ensure London 2012 is one of the most spectacular Games ever.
 
The President of the International OIympic Committee Jacques Rogge will today formally invite the athletes of the world to the Games next summer. He will also unveil the Olympic medals at an event in London’s Trafalgar Square.
 
The Olympic Sailing venue is located at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and the adjoining commercial marina.
 
It has kick-started the regeneration of the former Naval Air Station at Portland, now known as Osprey Quay, where new residential, commercial and marina facilities are already underway.
 
Weymouth and Portland provides some of the best natural sailing waters in the UK, with facilities on land to match. The site has already hosted numerous international sailing events, including Skandia Sail for Gold, and the 2006 ISAF World Youth Championships attended by over 60 nations.
 
Work to enhance the sailing facilities at Weymouth and Portland has been completed. The enhancements to the existing WPNSA facilities include a new permanent 250m slipway and new lifting and mooring facilities.
 
The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule, providing world-class facilities for elite athletes and the local community more than three years before the Games.
 
The WPNSA venue re-opens in only 4 days to welcome over 380 sailors from more than 60 nations for the 2011 for the Olympic Sailing Test Event. The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 is just one of 42 test events planned by LOCOG as part of the 'London Prepares' series that runs from the end of May 2011 through to May 2012.
 
Paul Deighton, LOCOG CEO said: 'LOCOG’s testing programme is all about 'road testing' all our operational plans on the water to make sure we have all the knowledge we need to deliver a truly memorable Games in 2012 and learn any lessons in advance. 

'The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 provides a great opportunity for athletes who may well be selected for the Games to come and sail on the same waters at the same time of year to learn as much as they can about the conditions Weymouth Bay might offer them in 2012.’ 
 
You can follow the Canadian Sailing Team during the Test Event on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.