Bill Barker 1951-2014

It is with great sorrow that we announce our dear friend and colleague, Bill Barker, passed away in the early hours of Saturday 20th July 2024.


Bill worked here as our Shore Support and Events Assistant from 2014 to last autumn and was a valuable member of our team.  From keeping the boats and RIBs in tip top condition, to jumping in as a mark layer, safety officer or as an excellent race officer.  


Bill always had soup of the day and half a cheese baguette for lunch when working.  So much so, we put it on the menu a few years ago and it is always a popular choice.  In tribute to Bill we will be donating some of the proceeds of the sale of Bill’s Specials to the Blood Cancer UK.  Bill’s family also started fund raising for the charity on Just Giving (see the link below).


Bill will be sorely missed by everyone here and the sailing community far and wide.  Our condolences go to Marianne, Sam and Anna (Bill’s wife and children).

Just Giving Page

WPNSA Announces New CEO

The Board of Directors at WPNSA are delighted to announce the new CEO will be Jon Tweedle. Jon has a wealth of experience in sailing both as a competitor and volunteering with class associations; Jon will be joining the Academy in August having served in the RAF for 28 years.
David Griffith, Chair of the Board of Directors said “We are delighted to welcome Jon to the WPNSA team to lead and develop the business in line with our Mission Statement and Values."
Jon Tweedle said "I’m absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity, and look forward to working with all the groups and sailors that use this fantastic venue."

World Class Sailing Venue

Set on the South Coast of England, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy boasts a fantastic facility and sailing area between Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay. The host of the Sailing at London 2012,  sailors travel from all over the world to sail on these waters.

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Start them young

With our exceptional sailing waters we are proud to host many youth and training events throughout the year. With multiple areas in the building set up for lessons, plenty of boat park space and ample launching area youth squads and their families alike enjoy spending time here at the Academy. Book your next youth training event at WPNSA.

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Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a piece of cake overlooking Portland Harbour and the hustle and bustle of the boat park.  The Cafeteria also offers hot food, snacks and ice cream and is the perfect location to catch up with friends, or watch a family member out on the water.

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About Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

The Academy is a multifaceted business. The driving force and focus are the sailing events, but to sustain the facilities and business the WPNSA has several other revenue streams.


Our live webcam is situated on the main balcony looking out to sea.  See what is happening here live!

The Cafeteria

Join us in our café overlooking the hustle and bustle of the boat park and launching areas. Enjoy a hot drink and piece of cake, or a bite to eat from our menu. Refuel with some tasty, home-cooked food to recharge after a day on the water, or simply an ideal place to meet friends. We're ready to welcome you!

Functions & Parties

WPNSA is the perfect venue for parties and functions such as luncheons, birthday parties, dinner dances and formal balls.  Whether you want a simple barbeque or a three-course banquet, our experienced team will help you plan an event to remember.

Boat Yard

We offer great value hoist and storage facilities for yachts and motor boats.  Boat lifts will be carried out using one of our cranes or our boat hoist, depending on the type of boat that you have.

Day Membership

Planning to visit us for a day or two to launch your own vessel?  Here is the information you need...


WPNSA annual membership runs from 1st April - 31st March and is open to recreational sailors and board enthusiasts who wish to use the extensive facilities on a regular basis.


From the moment you arrive our aim is to provide you with a day to remember.  Whether you are planning to hold a wedding reception, wedding ceremony or both, we are the ideal venue.


WPNSA is the ideal venue in Weymouth & Portland for holding a meeting, seminar or corporate function.  We have a variety of rooms available which can be tailored to suit your unique requirements whether it be a breakfast meeting, a training session or team building.

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