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Venue guide: Weymouth and Portland

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Where is it?: Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, and Portland Marina, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset.

Find it on the map: Here

How do you get there?: At more than 140 miles from London and nearly three hours by train from the capital's Waterloo station, Games organisers for once advise driving to the area and then using the park-and-ride service to reach the WPNSA. Coaches will also be organised and there is a good local bus network.

Capacity: There is no seated ticketing.

What events will be held there and when?: Sailing (July 29-August 11).

Public facilities: There are restaurants and shops in the area.

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

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