The Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre – Portland (ASWC – Portland) celebrated its fourth birthday on Sunday 13th May, by inviting people from the local community to experience a variety of free watersports and activities.
A record number of people attended the event, all taking full advantage of the light winds and glorious sunshine and getting out on the water to enjoy sailing, Kayaking and Giant Stand Up Paddleboarding taster sessions. Families and friends enjoyed sailing together and there were lots of smiles as they returned to shore.
In the afternoon, crowds gathered in their hundreds to watch the notorious Great Dorset Cardboard Boat Race, an event which is rapidly becoming one of the highlights of the year in the local area. Local Jamie claimed the first prize, second place went to Sam and Lenny and the team from Sunninghill Prep School took third place.
The local RNLI station from Weymouth and the YHA Portland team also attended the event and provided educational and fun activities on the shore.
Alex Porter, Centre Manager at the ASWC said “This was definitely our busiest open day yet, thank you to everyone for coming along and joining in all the activities. Once again, we had perfect sailing conditions and it was fantastic that so many people from the local community were able to experience the enjoyment sailing and watersports can bring.
We hope to see more people at the centre during the summer and at our next family fun day which will take place on Sunday 2nd September as part of the Andrew Simpson Foundation’s Bike4Bart event”.
To find out more information on the RYA courses, multi activity programmes and clubs on offer visit www.aswc.co.uk.
The ASWC Portland team were excited to receive their fleet of training boats for 2018 this week. A lorry full of 20 RS Zests arrived bright and early in the first wave of the 30 boats that will be delivered to the centre over the next month.
These boats will increase the ASWC Portland’s capabilities for enabling disadvantaged young people to access sailing in Portland Harbour. The boats have been designed specifically with training centres in mind and the team are looking forward to getting them out on the water.
Centre Manager Alex Porter said ‘It’s great to be one of the first centres in the UK to have the RS Zest and we are excited to see what they can do! It will increase our capacity for teaching and extend the conditions we can operate in due to it’s innovative design.’
If you are interested in trying out the new fleet, contact the centre on 01305 457400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Andrew Simpson Foundation: The Sailing Charity is to unite sailors and cyclists with a brand-new fundraising and cycling event in memory of Olympic Gold Medallist and America’s Cup Sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson. Bike4Bart will take place on Sunday 2nd September 2018 from Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Dorset.
Cycling inland from the Isle of Portland and the home of the Andrew Simpson Foundation, the three different route options will head into Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a real treat of a ride whatever your ability level. With a mixture of spectacular views, leg-pumping climbs and historical scenery the route will always have something to keep everyone interested.
Alongside the Cycling event, the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre – Portland, (also based at the National Sailing Academy) will throw its doors open to the public offering a variety of free sailing and water-based activities, culminating in a great fun day for all the family.
Bike4Bart aims to help raise awareness of the amazing work that is currently carried out by the Andrew Simpson Foundation around the world, and to raise funds, allowing the sailing charity to continue both increasing participation in the sport and improving the lives of disadvantaged young people.
CEO Richard Percy said “Like many others within the sailing community, Andrew was a keen cyclist. Therefore, we decided it would be a fitting tribute to organise a cycling event in his honour which will start and end at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, the home of the Foundation, and where he trained for his Olympic campaigns. The principle of this event is to help introduce cyclists that don’t currently sail, into the sport of sailing – and there’s no better place to do so than the home of the British Sailing Team”.
To sign up to Bike4Bart as an individual or as a team please visit www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/bike-4-bart-charity-sportive/