The Trust is a Registered Charity  and was created in 2001. With the development of the new Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy at Osprey Quay on Portland, the Trust was established with the aim of helping achieve widespread community access to the new world class facilities. In simple terms the Trust was set up to raise and spend the finances that would allow thousands of young or disabled ordinary people to use the new Academy alongside training Olympic & Parlaympic athletes and experience the thrill, challenges and achievements of learning to sail and windsurf. Since its formation the Trust has raised around half a million pounds and has used this to support a wide range of programmes. Details of these programmes can be found in the projects and activities section. The Trust originally focused on supporting residents of Dorset, but has increasingly widened its operations and now has a mandate to operate nationally.