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First Olympic Venue completed today

Work has been completed on new enhanced sailing facilities at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), making it the first Olympic 2012 venue to be completed.

The Olympic and Paralympic sailing events in 2012 will be hosted at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, and the adjoining Portland Marina. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has now completed work to enhance the existing sailing facilities at WPNSA with the construction of a new permanent 250m slipway and new race-boat parking, lifting and mooring facilities. The completion of the project delivers an early legacy of world-class facilities for elite athletes and the local Dorset community to use.

Works on Portland Marina, which will be used alongside the Sailing Academy to provide berthing and land based facilities at Games time is progressing ahead of schedule, meaning all key facilities will be ready more than three years ahead of the start of the Games.

"There is no doubt that Weymouth & Portland is a fantastic sailing destination and we are working alongside the Sailing Academy to make sure there are first class shoreside facilities to match," said director of Dean & Reddyhoff Marinas Richard Reddyhoff. "Work on the marina is moving fast and we are very much on schedule for an April opening – meaning the whole site will be ready more than three years ahead of the start of the Games."

Watch ICE members in the South got a sneak preview of works to build London 2012's sailing venues last month here.

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