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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Weymouth Speed Week 2009 

Speed freaks will again be gathering at Portland harbour, Portland, DT5 1SA, on Saturday 10th October, 2009, for Weymouth Speed Week. The event runs through to Friday 16th October and is open to any sailing craft over a 500m Course.
Portland Bill and Chesil Beach - Landsat imagePortland harbour is bounded on its south western side by Chesil Beach . Chesil Beach is a pebble bank, forming a huge natural breakwater that stops the waves but not the wind. The Harbour therefore has ideal speed sailing conditions, with a combination of smooth strong winds (prevailing south westerlies) and flat water. Chesil Beach itself, is regarded as one of the natural wonders of the world; it is an 18 mile, shingle bank or tombolo (shown as a blue line in the satellite image), that forms part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Spectators are always welcome and the Weymouth Sailing Centre is usually open to all during Speed Week. The event also hosts the International Speed Windsurfing Class, Speed World Cup and the British Championships sanctioned by the United Kingdom Windsurfing Association. Wemouth has been chosen as the site to host the sailing events during the 2012 Olympic Games.

It has been pointed out that strictly speaking, Weymouth is a separate area to Portland, so to avoid confusion I have included a Google map. The event will be based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy that is located at the Portland end of Chesil Beach. It is reached via Portland Beach Road. Note that the red map marker"A", may not be located exactly over the Sailing Academy, which is clearly adjacent to the harbour; you turn left at the roundabout, so as to keep the water on your left, in view.

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BBC are featuring Portland Bill on Autumn Watch, Friday evening. Looking at migratory birds.

This is a great area for bird watchers.

By Blogger Geeve, at 9/10/09 15:39  

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