by Kate Holmes
A new evening race series has been launched by The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA). The recreational race night will be held on Thursdays.
The first evening race series at the WPNSA attracted all ages and sailing interests (c) WPNSA 11
There will now be the opportunity to come along to the venue on a Thursday evening to have a sail. The Academy is encouraging members and welcoming non-members to join the friendly club as a way of having fun on the water. The first evening race series saw twenty boats from various classes take to the 2012 waters competing on a handicap system.
This relaxed race night has already attracted all ages and sailing interests, in particular single hander sailors, i.e. Lasers. This informal series really is a fantastic opportunity for young sailors or beginners to start racing and to get the most out of their hobby. The idea is to allow all those interested in racing to come and get involved, from experienced racers through to the non-experienced racers.
The WPNSA will be running three series made up of six weeks each, taking place every Thursday evening. The first series started on the 21st April and finishes on 26th May, followed by series two starting on 2nd June and the third series starting on 18th August.
The launch of the new race series is being run in conjunction with SailLaser so for those less confident about racing SailLaser will offer on water tuition covering a variety of skills and techniques on a Wednesday night, equipping you for the new race series.
Chris Knight, Business Manager at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, commented, 'we are aiming to build a fun and friendly club atmosphere, by getting people involved in some light hearted racing, followed by a pleasant social drink in the fantastic facilities that we have here. We hope that the new racing series will enable people to meet new and likeminded people, sharing some exciting experiences on the water and bringing a social side to the Academy.'
Local club sailor Andy Jinks, added, 'it is great to be involved with the new Race Series programme this year as it ensures a good turnout for the weekly club racing and we are all looking forward to building up a strong series for our overall results. The racing so far has been friendly and fun, but I am sure the competition will heat up towards the end!'
For non-members there will be a small fee of £30 for the series or £10 for a single evening. It will also be possible to hire boats from SailLaser, the price will be £10 for a single and £20 for a double.