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Olympic triumph for Mylor Yacht Harbour

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The Olympic spotlight is shining on Mylor Yacht Harbour with selection of the multi-facility location as an official training centre in the build-up to the London games in 2012.

Mylor was announced as one of the centres to be included in a pre-London on-line guide to be made available to all national Olympic and Paralympic committees from countries competing in this year’s Beijing Olympics.

“In Olympian parlance, this is definitely Mylor’s own gold medal,” said Mylor Yacht Harbour owner Roger Graffy. “It’s a resounding vote of confidence in all that Mylor has to offer in the wake of its £5 million development programme over the past ten years.

“It is confirmation of our gold standard in supplying the complete package of services and facilities for visiting yachtspeople – a completely self-sufficient boating community, at the heart of what is arguably Britain’s finest sailing water.

“This is world recognition of Mylor as a fantastic sailing base. In effect, the top sailors from all around the world are having our sailing waters, our servicing, repair facilities, and our self-catering accommodation, recommended to them.”

The bid for Olympic Training Centre status was successfully submitted by a specially-formed consortium – the Mylor International Sailing Centre – led by Mylor Yacht Harbour with Windsport International (one of the businesses on the site), Restronguet Sailing Club and Mylor Yacht Club.

A major evaluation and assessment process over the past year, spearheaded by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, represented one of the most comprehensive reviews of sporting facilities in the UK. More than a thousand applications were made.  The Mylor bid – promoting the historic and picturesque location on the banks of the River Fal - outlined the consortium’s “totally flexible package to suit any Olympic sailing team’s needs.”

Mr Graffy explained: “The teams can vary from one sailor with his Laser or windsurfer to as many as 40 or 50 people, competing in all the classes. At the top end of the range, we are looking at the world’s very best – from the likes of Australia, New Zealand and France.

“In their build-up to the Olympics, the competitors want maximum training and practice in waters and conditions as similar as possible to the real thing. The UK Olympics will take place at Weymouth, but not all the teams will want to train there.  There could be over 40 other countries looking for alternative facilities. At Mylor, we can offer all the physical and technical benefits and support facilities for a primary training camp, while the layout and wind and tidal patterns of Falmouth Bay effectively mimic those of Weymouth Bay.”

Mr Graffy said the Olympic recognition was a win-win situation offering major benefits all-round, for both the sport and the whole community. Longer term, it would provide a lasting foundation for better facilities for Cornwall, attracting more people into the sport and more teams coming to the county to train.

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