SAILING Olympic and Paralympic stars return to Dorset

The 2013 Sail for Gold Regatta at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy starts on Sunday and will welcome over 200 athletes from 22 Nations across the Olympic and Paralympic sailing classes. 

A fleet of sailing stars are set to compete over five days off the Dorset coast - illuminated in the world sailing spotlight last summer as host for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing competitions.

They include Britain’s Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas, Olympic silver medallist Stuart Bithell, World Champion and Olympic silver and bronze medallist windsurfer Nick Dempsey, as well as China’s Olympic gold medallist and 2012 World Sailor of the Year Lijia Xu, and Australia’s Olympic silver medal-winning match racing team of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty, now competing in new events in their quest for Rio 2016.

The Sail for Gold Regatta, which has been held annually since 2006, is the third of five stages in the newly-formed EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup this year.

Sail for Gold Regatta 2013 is organised as a joint venture between the national governing body for the sport, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) which was the host venue for last summer's highly successful Olympic and Paralympic sailing competitions.

Racing starts from 1000hrs on Sunday, with the final medal races scheduled for Thursday June 13.

• The regatta is supported by Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Sail for Gold Regtta website

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