The UK’s RYA will build a multi-purpose facility in Portland planned to be the hub of performance sailing in the lead up to and during the 2012 Olympic Games and an investment in the long-term future of the sport.
‘RYA Portland House’ will provide purpose built accommodation and conference facilities for the RYA in one of the primary training and event locations in the UK.
The organisation says it will also provide a distinct competitive advantage for the British sailors in both the run up to and during the 2012 Olympic Games, as John Derbyshire, RYA Performance Director explained: “Previous Games successes have shown that having a bespoke base has been a significant factor in team morale and performance and for those involved in the Olympic programme it is strongly believed that having a secure base is one of the cornerstones of medal results success.”
Despite more immediate use being earmarked for 2012 Olympic preparations, it’s not only the elite sailors that will benefit from this new facility. Class associations, RYA personal members, members of affiliated clubs, as well as berth holder associations and Sailability will all have access to the facility for events, meetings, conferences; training, and competition activities.
“We see this venture as a great opportunity for the RYA to be instrumental in providing a performance advantage for our potential Olympic sailors on home ground in 2012, and to provide excellent facilities that will offer a lasting legacy for sailing in the UK,” concluded RYA Chief Executive Rod Carr.
Work on RYA Portland House is anticipated to be completed by September 2009.