Head to Dorset in August for the fifth Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, where sailors from 40 countries will compete at one of the UK’s Olympic venues.
WATERSPORTS ENTHUSIASTS should head for the fifth Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta which is coming up, in Dorset. Running from 9-14 August, the regatta is one of the biggest events on the 2010 sailing calendar, and takes place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, one of the venues for the Olympic Games in 2012. It gives competitors an opportunity to compete on Olympic and Paralympic waters ahead of 2012 and also plays host to the seventh and final installment of the 2009/10 ISAF Sailing World Cup series. Great Britain currently tops the rankings and will be looking to secure the overall title in Weymouth.
In 2009 the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta welcomed a record entry of over 600 sailors, the 2010 event is expected exceed this when it will host more than 750 sailors across 10 Olympic and 3 Paralympic classes, from 40 countries.
You can follow the racing onshore at Weymouth where there will be a giant screen. Or you can follow events on radio (87.7fm), with commentary, or via the website (below) where there’ll be Sail.TV player with tracking and commentary, and a Live Blog from Mark Chisnell. Visitors to the event will can also have a go themselves and try their hands at sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and scuba diving. Further information at www.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk,