Olympic Games - Weymouth and Portland - The Games Venue Guide

Situated in Dorset on the south coast of England, the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy is set to host 14 days of London 2012 sailing competitions, with events involving a range of vessels from dinghies and keelboats to windsurfing boards.

Olympic Games - Weymouth and Portland - The Games Venue Guide

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The Weymouth & Portland academy has been in existence since 2000 and was housed in a former naval air station until a clubhouse was opened in 2005.

After it was selected as a Games venue, a 250-metre slipway was installed along with 70 marina berths and a dinghy park for 600 boats — all on budget and three years before the start of the Games. New lifting and mooring facilities have also been installed.

The academy and adjoining commercial marina lead out to Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, the site of the five Olympic sailing areas, which are claimed by the Royal Yachting Association to be the leading natural sailing waters in northern Europe and among the best in the world.

Indeed, they have already been the scene of a string of world championship events, including the 2006 ISAF World Youth Championships, RS:X class World Championship in 2009 and the IFDS (Paralympic Sailing) World Championship in 2011.

There will be one ticketed viewing area at Nothe Fort, but there will also be a free site on Weymouth beach with large screens.

The National Sailing Academy already had superb facilities in place but the facility will continue to benefit from the additional improved features that the legacy of Games leaves behind, giving elite level competitors, club competition participants and members of the local community a perfect place to sail.

Capacity: 17,400

Public facilities: There are restaurants and shops in the area. The Games Mobility service will be present, plus there is a London 2012 Shop. There will also be London 2012 information points for venue and sports information, refreshment stands, transport updates, lost and found services and pushchair and wheelchair storage.

History: The Weymouth & Portland academy was founded in 2000 and was previously based in a former naval air station, before a clubhouse was built in 2005. Improvements were made to the facility three years before the start of the Games and the club has already hosted several world championship events.

What's on? Sailing (July 29th to August 11th)

Find it on the map here.

How do you get there? Almost a three-hour train ride from London's Waterloo station, driving is in fact being advised as the best method of getting there. A park-and-ride service is available to reach the WPNSA, and there is a good local bus network too.

Location – in relation to other venues: On the south coast of England at more than 140 miles from London, the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy is one of the venues furthest away from the rest of the action in the capital.

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