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Opti sailors set World Record at Weymouth

by Cailah Leask on 25 Jan 2011
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It is confirmed that the world class venue, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, has been named the international title holder and officially set the Guinness World RecordTM for the ‘Largest Parade of Boats’ with the International Optimist Class Association.

The record took place on July 25, 2010 within the waters of Weymouth and Portland featuring over 300 young Optimist sailors. Requirements to set the new world record were extensive; requiring 300 plus people, all holding a full licence for their boat to sail a set course. The attempt was completed with a total of 318 Optimist sailors in a controlled area. The record attempt required a huge amount of skill from the young sailors, all aged between 7 and 15 years, who had to navigate the course at the helm of their own dinghy.

The Guinness World Records formed back in 1954 cover both human achievements and extremes of the natural world. It is the best selling copy-righted book series of all time and hugely popular internationally. This award is a global recognition of very significant profile within the record breaking field.

The record success can be attributed to the talent of the sailors who were welcomed from across Europe, Asia, United Arab Emirates and even Oceania. Many of them will have aspirations of Olympic sailing one day like their predecessors from the Optimist class.

John Tweed, Chief Executive at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, commented, ‘we are extremely proud of what we accomplished back in July, now officially being a world record holder, I want to extend a big thanks to everyone that made it possible. All participants had a great time and we will be able to look back and remember the day we broke a Guinness World Record TM’.
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