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Kingston’s Olympic Sailing Facilities, 1976

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Queen’s University Archives, George Speal fonds – Olympic Sailing Facilities, 1976.

Designed by a consortium of local architectural firms, the Onshore Olympic Sailing Facilities revitalised a badly blighted Portsmouth Harbour area for use in the 1976 Olympics. The building was designed in four main sections: competitor’s facilities, a measuring area, an administration and media office area and a restaurant and roof terrace. In a letter from Mayor George Speal to all guests, he wrote:

I welcome this opportunity to extend greetings to the officials, participants and all of those involved in the Yachting Events of the Games of the XXI Olympiad on behalf of myself, my colleagues on council and the citizens of Kingston. As a community, we have worked together to ensure the very best of facilities for the yachting competitions and for those who are competing…

Here’s wishing continued luck to our athletes as the Winter Olympic Games conclude this week!

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