Weymouth and Portland is a district in Dorset, England. The resort of Weymouth and the Isle of Portland are clubbed together to form Weymouth and Portland district. Portland Harbor and Weymouth Bay will be the venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing competitions. The venue consists of Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and the adjoining areas. Weymouth and Portland's waters have been recognized as the best in Northern Europe by the Royal Yachting Association. Portland National Sailing Academy has been recently built and makes the best venue for London 2012 Olympic Sailing and Paralympic Sailing competitions with its world-class facilities and spectacular setting. It is also the first venue to be completed within budget for London 2012 Olympic Games. Boasting of elite facilities, this spectacular sporting venue will host about 13 events this London Summer Olympics 2012. If you are a water sport enthusiast, a visit to this destination is highly recommended during the Games.
Sport Events Sailing, Paralympics Sailing
Location Dorset, south coast of England
New or Existing Existing
Permanent or Temporary Permanent
Number of Events to be Hosted 13 Events
Weymouth And Portland London Olympics 2012
Weymouth and Portland, Dorset with its stunning coastline, outstanding countryside and unrivalled culture makes perfect setting for spectators to watch their favorite sports. Weymouth and Portland, has in the past, hosted international sailing events such as the 2006 ISAF World Youth Championships. The existing Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) site has been upgraded with a new lifting, mooring and permanent 250m slipway facilities. The work was completed ahead of schedule events.
Weymouth and Portland Bay also serves as a natural amphitheatre where spectators can watch the sailing sports from several vantage points and on big screen without owning a ticket. Paralympics Sailing was first introduced in 1996 Olympics games held in Atlanta.
During The Game
The sailing events will be held from 29 July - 11 August 2012. There are over 380 athletes, comprising of 143 women and 237 men, participating in the Olympics sailing events. The number of sailing events to be held is 10. Paralympics Sailing events will be held from 1 September -6 September 2012. Paralympics Sailing events will have 80 athletes participating in the competitions. The athletes will be competing in three mixed events such as Three-Person, Two-Person and the Single-Person, Keelboat competitions. The number of events to be held for Paralympics sailing is three.
After The Game
After the Olympics, the National Sailing Academy will be used for elite training, competition and state-of-the-art facility for the local community.
How To Reach The Venue
Weymouth and Portland is well connected to National Rail and roads. The regular train services are available from cities and towns spread across the country to Weymouth and Portland. Weymouth station is located just 2km from the Nothe and Weymouth beach. Visitors from Europe can use Condor Ferries straight to Weymouth. The ferry terminal is at The Quay in Weymouth. There are also plenty of buses available enroute to the venue. Locals can also make use of cycles as Weymouth is on the National Cycle Network route 26 that operates from Portland Bill to Dorchester and there will over 900 extra cycling parking spaces allotted for the Olympic spectators.
The breathtaking view of Weymouth and Portland coastlines equally matched by sailing sporting events will keep spectators merry. There will be plenty of excitement to watch your favorite sailing sports in exotic locales. So get ready to set sail for Weymouth and Portland to watch London 2012 Olympic Sailing and Paralympics Sailing competitions.