Weymouth and Portland to host Vintage Yachting Games

Ben Ainslie
Image caption The venue saw Ben Ainslie win his fourth gold medal, during the 2012 Games

A Dorset sailing academy has been chosen to stage the Vintage Yachting Games.

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) competed against Germany, Romania and Sweden to host the event in 2016.

Held every four years, it is expected to attract more than 650 athletes, competing in up to 14 classes.

WPNSA was the venue for the sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The regatta aims to offer an "after-life" for former Olympic sailors and their yachts.

Rudy den Outer, Chairman of Vintage Yachting Games, said WPNSA had been chosen "due to excellent predicted sailing conditions during the summer and the experienced experts of the race committee".

He said: "The Vintage yachting classes are very much looking forward to celebrating over 90 years of Olympic sailing experience at the same location of the latest Olympic sailing event."

Yachting was included in the Olympic Games as early as 1896.

The event features all the former Olympic sailing classes after their discontinuation in the Games.

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