2012 Olympic venue


 
We speak to WNPSA Chief Executive about how the planning is going
The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta took place in Weymouth & Portland earlier this year and was the first real test of the 2012 Olympic sailing venue. But despite featuring many of the same hardware and sailors, the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy will taken on a substantially different look come the Games themselves. Much of the detail has yet to be finalised. Following Sail For Gold, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG – where the familiar face of Rob Andrew is in charge of the sailing side) have been looking at ways the venue and the regatta can be developed. This will be an on-going process continuing with Sail for Gold in 2010 and the Olympic test event in 2011. It will be LOCOG who have the final say on this. Perhaps the fundamental test was that at Skandia Sail for Gold the venue seemed full, but not overcrowded - and that was with 700+ competitors compared to the 380 competitors and 250 competing boats that will reside there for the Games (numbers are expected to swell to around the 1000 mark for Sail For Gold in 2010 and the 2011 Test Event). While there may be substantially less competitors in 2012, John Tweed, Chief Executive of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, reckons that for the Games, between competitors, their support staff, media, IOC, etc there could be as many as 2000 people milling around. This summer, the WNPSA was heralded as the first facility to be competed for the 2012 Games. While the building is there and slipways and moles compete, come 2012 there will be many more temporary structures erected around the main building - these are not permanent structures due to the sustainability aspect of the 2012 Olympic specification, ie no buildings

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