We are very pleased to announce that “the future has arrived” and we now have OneWheels in stock and available for trial. Go to our OneWheel page for more information.
The OTC are delighted to be supporting the British Sailing Team this summer by holding free taster sessions for the RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow event here at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on Sunday 14th August.
If you’re feeling inspired by our athletes at Rio 2016, this is a fantastic opportunity to come and try windsurfing and sailing for free, with sessions running throughout the day from 09:30 until 15:30.
Whether you come by yourself or bring the whole family, a team of qualified instructors from the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre and the OTC will be on hand to take you afloat and give you an introduction to sailing and/or windsurfing. All sessions are free, and all equipment will be provided at no extra cost.
Alongside these taster sessions, everyone will have the opportunity to meet members of the British Sailing Team, enjoy some refreshments and learn more about the sport before watching the Olympic windsurfing (RS:X class) medal races on the screens. The racing in Rio will be shown on the screens in the WPNSA at 17:00 when racing is scheduled to start.
Local Weymouth windsurfers Bryony Shaw and Nick Dempsey hope to be competing on this day. Bryony will be looking to add to her 2008 bronze medal, whilst Nick will see if he can complete the full set, in his bid to add 2016 gold to his 2012 silver and 2004 bronze.
From 14-18 August, the RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow will travel around the UK, to England, Wales and Scotland, with plenty of on and off-the-water activities to get involved in at each stop. Members of the public are welcome to join each event, with taster sessions and sailing activities on offer during each Roadshow for those inspired by our sailors’ endeavours. Since he is moving a lot, he is hiring Shiply to help him with his furniture and other belongings.
To find out more and register your interest in the free try windsurfing sessions, please visit www.rya.org.uk/roadshow
Weymouth Bay will once again host the N1SCO National Championships this year. On the 9th July over 100 people will descend on the town and compete in this Naish One Design SUP class. To find out what it’s about, take a quick break from what you’re doing and watch this video by SUPBoarder Mag of the Inland Championships that took place in London. To enter the event, log into this page of the magazine and register. Hope to see you there!
We are very pleased to announce the launch of a new website documenting the watersports instructor course we are providing jointly with the WPNSA sailing partner the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre (ASSC). The course will kick off this September and there will be an open day to discuss the course in more detail on the 25th June. For more information, get in touch.
This coming weekend marks the start of the RYA’s Push the Boat Out initiative – designed to kick start the season and get as many people on the water as possible. In addition it is the second anniversary of our friends and partners at The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre and they’re celebrating their birthday with an open day. So what better excuse to come down the the WPNSA and get on the water? We will be providing taster sessions through the weekend in both windsurfing and stand up paddling and the cost is just £5.00 per session. For more information and to book yourself a taster, give the centre a call on 07817 717904.
The British Slalom Association (BSA) season for 2016 is about to kick into action on our doorstep. Hosted by GA Sails and Tabou, Ross Williams is on site and will open proceedings this Saturday. The forecast is changing all the time, so who knows what conditions we will have over the weekend, but one thing is for certain – it will be a good old knees up and reunion for all the BSA regulars after the winter break. The atmosphere is super welcoming and racing is both intuitive and accessible for all abilities, so come along and get involved.
On the Saturday evening, Spinnakers Bar in the Academy is booked from 7pm to 11pm, and there will be a two course meal for BSA competitors at just £10.00 a head. Please email us to book yourself in for the food. Look forward to welcoming you to the centre over the weekend.
The combined brainchild of Mark Matthews and Danny Thomas, this Easter Sunday will see the inaugural Easter Bunny Run, marking the start of the season for 2016. All the elements are fusing together perfectly – Easter Sunday … clocks changing … and a great forecast. What more of an excuse do you need for a bit of a get together? Mark suggested the idea of a sail-away, a sort of giant slalom to get everyone involved … and Danny fancied an excuse to buy lots of Easter eggs and orchestrate a waterborne hunt. A light wind forecast and the use of SUPs would probably facilitate a hunt, but I’m sure there will be a few chocolate eggs to win during the giant slalom racing!
The event will have a £10.00 entry fee and all money raised will go towards the local charity The Will Mackaness Trust. Rescue boats and support boats will be on hand at all times and the event will start from the centre, using the waters within the harbour. First giant slalom start will be at around 11am on Easter Sunday. All very welcome to come along and get involved. For more information, get in touch on 07817 717904 or email us.
Footnote: If there is good appetite for the format, we will make it more of a regular event … not just for Easter!
The annual Open Weekend (intended to coincide with the start of the sailing season … I know we’ve all be at it over this mild winter as well!) is once again on the calendar for 2016. Based at the local marina in Osprey Quay, there will be fresh local food, music and other attractions, including windsurfing and stand up paddling taster sessions provided by us (£5.00 per person). For more information, visit the Dean & Reddyhoff website.
We are very pleased to announce that Mark ‘Sparky’ Hosegood of Pro X Train fame will be with us at the next NWF Winter Windsurfing Camp to provide his top tips for competition. A PWA World Tour judge for many years, Sparky is one of the most naturally talented windsurfers out there and has used his skills as a coach to push some of the top slalom racers on the world scene. He will be with us in February to put everyone through their paces and impart his knowledge to hopefully inspire and encourage all those attending to achieve their best in the coming season.
We’ve eventually got round to updating our events calendar for the new season. Take a butchers at the events list and the calendar – lots planned for 2016 and plenty to keep everyone entertained.