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Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour will be the venue for the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing competitions. It was the first London 2012 Games venue to be finished.

Key facts

Sport: Sailing, Paralympic Sailing
Location: Dorset, on the south coast of England
New or existing: Existing
Permanent or temporary
: Permanent
Number of events: 13

About Weymouth and Portland

The venue comprises the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and the adjoining commercial marina.

It has kick-started the regeneration of the former Naval Air Station at Portland, now known as Osprey Quay, where new residential, commercial and marina facilities are already underway.

Weymouth and Portland provides some of the best natural sailing waters in the UK, with facilities on land to match. The site has already hosted numerous international sailing events, including the 2006 ISAF World Youth Championships attended by over 60 nations.

Work to enhance the sailing facilities at Weymouth and Portland has been completed. The enhancements to the existing WPNSA facilities include a new permanent 250m slipway and new lifting and mooring facilities.

The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule, providing world-class facilities for elite athletes and the local community more than three years before the Games.

During the Games

Weymouth and Portland Bay is a natural amphitheatre and there are several vantage points to watch the Sailing events from if you do not have a ticket. The Local Authority will be also providing a big screen to watch the Games coverage on Weymouth beach, and putting on a range of free sporting and cultural activities.

There is no seated ticketing for the Sailing event, so spectators will be sitting on the ground or standing..

 After the Games

The National Sailing Academy will benefit from the improved facilities that the Games will leave behind, providing a state-of-the-art facility for elite training, competition and local community use.

This use has already started: from a community programme through to hosting the Olympic Windsurfing discipline, RS:X class World Championship in 2009, and the IFDS (Paralympic Sailing) World Championship in 2011.

Travel to Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth and Portland are located in Dorset, on England’s south coast, approximately 215km south-west of London and around three hours from London by train. Weymouth and Portland is the venue for Sailing and Paralympic Sailing

Weymouth and Portland is not a London venue and travel to this event is not included in the event ticket price. Park-and-ride is the recommended option for spectators attending this event from outside of the Weymouth area. Park-and-ride services are not included in the price of your event ticket and must be booked in advance.

Spectators within the Weymouth area are recommended to walk, cycle or use local bus services wherever possible.

As you approach the venue, please follow any signs showing the way or directions given to you by transport staff and volunteers.

While it is best to plan your journey in advance, remember to check for any last-minute changes before you travel


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