Sailing Centre

Our Sailing Centre at Weymouth & Portland is at the heart of the activity of the Andrew Simpson Foundation and it is our home. The Sailing Centre is located at one of the world’s greatest sailing venues and is a fully accredited RYA Training Centre.

Having the opportunity to sail at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing venue is something very special and the facilities at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy are outstanding – hence many of the current and former British Sailing Team members and the Foundation’s Ambassadors being regularly based here.

With our fleet of over 50 dinghies and a dedicated and friendly team of instructors, we offer something for everyone – whether a newcomer to the sport or a returning expert.

Ambassadors have described the first time they were given charge of a boat as their moment of clarity – the first moment they felt true responsibility and being in command of their own destiny. Our Centre allows us to offer this powerful experience, this potentially life-changing moment to many more young people.

The Centre is accredited to deliver a full range of RYA courses from complete beginners to instructor training. The Centre also provides sailing for Schools and Groups from both the local area, across the UK and internationally. Full details of our sailing school activities and our Course Programme can be found on the Sailing Centre website

Through the Centre the Foundation offers a pathway of sailing programmes that enables young people (ages 5-24) to access and enjoy the benefits of regular sailing participation, regardless of their circumstances. The Foundation focuses its charitable support by breaking down barriers to sailing participation (financial, physical health, mental health or social) by offering financial subsidies.

The Foundation also works with a number of other charities to provide access to sailing through our Centre, most notably with the Chesil Trust and the Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver scheme. More information on this scheme can be found at