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Royal Visitor To Welcome Home Young Sailors


8:30am 15th June 2012

A fleet of 20 sail training vessels crewed by 200 young people will get a Royal welcome when they arrive in Portland today.

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex will be at Portland Marina to great the young voyagers who've taken part in the London to Portland Small Ships Race.

The event gives young people aged between 12 and 25 an opportunity to work as a team to man the vessels, which as well as sailing includes cooking and keeping look out.

John Tweed, Chief Executive, The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy commented:

"June is already a hugely busy month at the WPNSA and we are lucky to have such a diverse mix of sailors at our venue.  

The London to Portland Small Ships Race is a fantastic way to connect the 2012 sailing venue to London itself this summer.  We feel this race is particularly important for us as it provides a wonderful opportunity for a range of young people to experience the delights of sailing aboard boats that are more traditional in origin and take on an important role within the crew".

After they complete their voyage from London, the boats will race on Saturday in Weymouth Bay. The race will be started by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers, at 1100 by firing cannons from the ramparts of Nothe Fort. The event is sure to be a spectacle, and the public is encouraged to come out and watch these extraordinary vessels race around Weymouth Bay. The race is expected to last around four hours, and some ideal viewing areas for the public are from the Nothe Gardens and Weymouth Beach.

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