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Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre – The First Three Months

It’s hard to believe that we only opened the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy on 9th May – a major milestone in the life of the Foundation. We were busy setting up the Sailing Centre before then and we’ve been even busier since! Some of the key highlights and achievements for the Sailing Centre in the last three months include:

  • Actually managing to open on 9th May!
  • Over a 1,000 ‘Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver’ places – getting local Dorset school children out on the water in conjunction with the Chesil Trust
  • More than 100 newly qualified sailors with RYA qualifications
  • Over 90 children attending our OnBoard sessions and 25 children attending our RaceClub

In addition we’ve run afterschool sailing sessions for local school children, which as of September 2014, will also be subsidised by the Foundation. Iain Percy, ASSF Trustee commented “it has been amazing to see so many people out on the water enjoying all that the sailing school has to offer and to see so many happy smiling faces – especially those that have never sailed before or even considered it”.

We will be releasing a fuller report of our charitable activities later in the year. For information on the sailing school’s programme (available to all ages), please visit where you will see full details of our services including RYA course programme, private tuition, boat hire and schools & groups.

We remain very grateful to all our supporters and also to our equipment suppliers whose generosity has been essential in getting the Sailing Centre up and running: Laser Performance, Crewsaver, RS and Henri Lloyd – thank you!