Friday, 28 October 2011

Olympic sailing in Weymouth…

The beautiful but testing waters of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour will play host to 10 exhilarating sailing events during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Team GB sailors
Weymouth and Portland provide some of the best natural sailing waters in the UK, so the 14 days of competition from Sunday 29th July to Saturday 11th August should offer plenty of excitement and drama. Three-times Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie will attempt to defend his title, and 10 other sailors from Team GB will be aiming for medals too. We have good form here - Team GB has topped the sailing medals table at the last three Olympic Games…

There are 10 different Olympic sailing events (six for men, four for women) featuring a variety of craft, from dinghies to windsurfing boards. Each event consists of a series of races and points in each race are awarded according to position: the higher the position, the lower the points. The final race is called the medal race (double points at stake here!) after which, the individual or crew with the fewest total points will be declared the winner.

Watch this video to see a profile of Ben Ainslie:

If you’re tempted to head to Weymouth to watch, a ticketed onshore area from which spectators can view the competition is under consideration by the organisers. This area would have the added benefit of a video screen to keep spectators updated on the action.

Fiddlesticks Cottage
We’ve currently eight superb holiday cottages in Dorset, all under an hour’s drive from Weymouth, with availability during the games. For example, how about Fiddlesticks Cottage, a pretty 19th century stone cottage in the thriving town of Beaminster, or Natterjacks, a charming cottage in an idyllic country setting, just a short distance from the coast?  

Feeling inspired to set sail yourself? There are plenty of opportunities to learn or improve your skills at the many sailing clubs and schools along the Dorset coast throughout the year.