Cadet World Championships Comes to Weymouth and Portland
12:04pm 15th August 2014
A sailing competition for under 17s gets underway today in Weymouth and Portland.
Similar to the Olympics, the competition is held in a different country each year, and includes an opening and closing ceremony. Teams from across the world will be competing in six days of racing.
This is the first time it's been on Dorset's shores, with Olympic gold medallist Pippa Wilson opening the races this evening.
Peter Allam, Chief Executive of the Sailing Academy, is hoping the Olympic legacy will add to the experience for the competitors. He said: "It's fantastic because quite regularly we have the Team GBR sailors training from here and so for these guys to rig up alongside them is great.
"The venue itself, both the waters - that are some of the best sailing waters in the world - and you've got the fantastic backdrop of the Jurassic Coast and the fact they know these are the same waters that the Olympics were held on, it really adds kudos to the event for them."
The cadet is the only double-handed racing dinghy, sailed only by under 17s, which is recognised by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The Cadet class has helped many Olympic sailors launch their careers.
Peter Allam said: "It's a wonderful pathway into the sport and several of our own Team GBR medal winners started their careers in the cadet."