Sailing to Offer Fun and Free Outdoor Experience

Sailing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games is an unticketed event, so fans can come to the shores of Portland & Weymouth and watch it free of charge. 23 Jun 2012
Boat at the IFDS Championship

Boat at the IFDS Championship

ⒸPaul Wyeth

Located in Dorset on the south coast of England, Weymouth and Portland provides some of the best natural sailing waters in the UK, with facilities on land to match.

Spectators will be able to enjoy the Paralympic Sailing competition from 1-6 September free of charge from the Nothe, which has excellent views across the bay.

There will be also opportunities in the town of Weymouth to watch the action on a big screen.

Other potential viewing areas include the Rodwell Trail, which runs alongside Portland Harbour for part of the way. The former railway line is now a public cycleway and walkway. In addition, Hamm Beach might be an option, with the help of some binoculars.

The whole area will be a buzz of activity with cultural offerings from the Maritime Mix, a cultural Olympiad with music, art exhibitions and theatrical performances.

From ‘Dinosaurs not Allowed’ – a show of contemporary English Dance – to ‘Creating the Spectacle’ – a ground-breaking performance by artist Sue Austin in her self-propelled under-water wheelchair – the Maritime Mix will have something for everyone.

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 community use.