Sailing Fever Back In Weymouth And Portland
8:38am 28th August 2012
(Updated 4:19pm 28th August 2012)
If you were gripped by the excitement of the sailing during the Olympics at Weymouth and Portland, this time you can get even closer to the action for free.
Saturday (1st September) sees the start of the Paralympic sailing which will take place in the breakwaters at Portland Harbour.
Weymouth Harbour will be open as usual during the Paralympics and the Harbour Revision Order restrictions in place during the Olympics Games have now been lifted. Visiting vessels can obtain an Olympics security sticker, required to enter Portland Harbour and watch the sailing events, from the Weymouth Harbour Office at no extra charge.
Weymouth Harbour offers newly refurbished showers, first-class pontoon facilities and additional services such as laundry and pump-out facilities, as well as fantastic access to the many attractions around the town, beach and harbour side and the exciting events that will be taking place around the borough.
All visitors to Portland Harbour during the Paralympic Games must have an authorised Olympic security sticker displayed on their boat. These should be obtained 24 hours in advance either through Portland Harbour Authority, for vessels anchored, moored or berthed in Portland Harbour, or from Weymouth Harbour Office, for vessels berthed there. Vessels with a sticker should call Portland Harbour Radio on VHF Ch74 prior to entering and may view the racing from around the perimeter of the competition areas, clear of the marina gate and keeping 50 metres away from the white buoys marking the competition area. An anchorage area is available along the north west side of the harbour. The northern entrance to Portland Harbour is restricted and should not be used.
Ferry boats will be operating from Weymouth's outer harbour and running one-hour trips around Portland Harbour so that people without their own boats can also experience the Paralympics from the sea.
Ashore, there will be a wide range of sporting and cultural events taking place around the borough. The ICCI 360 arena, outside Weymouth Pavilion, will be screening some of Channel 4's Paralympic coverage and hosting a number of events as part of the Maritime Mix London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.
A free sports arena on Weymouth Beach will be offering people the chance to try out a range of accessible Paralympics sports, including sailing, kayaking, judo, boccia, wheelchair basketball and much more.
Chair of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council's Harbour Management Board, Cllr Peter Farrell said: "There is plenty on offer in the borough during the Paralympic Games and what better way to enjoy it than to make use of our wonderful harbours and enjoy the action out on the water and the many events taking place ashore. We were pleased to welcome many visitors to our harbours during the Olympics Games and hope to greet many more for this unique celebration of sailing, sport and culture."
For more details about what's on in Weymouth and Portland during the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the full Paralympic sailing schedule please visit www.dorsetforyou.com/sailing2012