The Will Mackaness Trust


Over the 14  years The Will Mackaness Trust has:

  •  Set  up  numerous courses that have enabled youngsters to learn to windsurf  and paddle board  through the Official Test Centre based at Weymouth and Portland sailing Academy.  In a bid to enable the youngsters to develop their racing skills  further we have, through a sports England grant , purchased a fleet of RS: One race boards and have established a Race night each Thursday at the OTC which has proved extremely popular.
  • With what was Sail Laser, but is now the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, also based  at the Weymouth and Portland sailing academy, we have organised weekly sessions which have enabled the youngsters to achieve the RYA stages from beginners up to the advanced stages for developing  seamanship and racing skills.
  • We also understand the importance of experiencing travel along side water sport activities and  to this end we have a given sponsorship to disadvantaged pupils to enable them to go on the  Tall Ships Challenge voyages, and  to pupils taking part an expedition to Alaska through the Dorset Expedition Society  we also sponsored Tom Mules when he represented GB in the world biathalon championships in Dubai.
  • Since September 2013 we have facilitated weekly swimming lessons at the Weymouth and Osprey  pools. Numerous groups who have had 6 months of swimming lessons each Saturday to ensure they can swim at least the 25m and build up their swimming confidence.
  • In 2021 we set up open water swimming courses which have proved very popular and successful
  • We were nominated as a Dorset Volunteer Hero for all the support we gave young people during the Covid pandemic

Giving water sport opportunities to the youngsters of Weymouth and Portland

UK Registered Charity Number: 1142547   |   Registered office: The Wey Valley School, Dorchester Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 5AN