Applications for booking visitor berthing in Weymouth and anchorage in Weymouth Bay during the sailing events of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are now open. All berths and anchorages between July 16 and September 9 must be pre-booked.
Over the last 18 months, the Weymouth Harbor team has been working hard to ensure that boat owners who come to Weymouth and Portland in 2012 enjoy the unique experience of visiting the waters around the Olympic sailing events.
There will be plenty going on during the summer of 2012, including the free “Live Site” on Weymouth Beach, where the sailing and other Olympic sporting events will be screened; the Weymouth Bayside Festival, which will host exhibitions; Dorset products, catering and entertainment; and a 12-week program of local cultural events called the “Maritime Mix,” part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Festival.
Peter Mole, Weymouth harbormaster, said: “We can start to share the excitement and feeling of anticipation with those who will be joining us for this once in a lifetime experience. Improvements are being made to services around the harbor, including new showers, extra pontoons, pump out facilities, Wi-Fi and a water taxi serving the 2012 anchorages out in the Bay.”
“The Weymouth Harbor team look forward to welcoming boating visitors to view the Olympic races taking place in some of the finest sailing waters in the world with the beautiful backdrop of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. However, all prospective visitors need to be aware that there will be restrictions during Games times and that for capacity and security reasons, all berthing and moorings in the harbor must be pre-booked.”
The online application form for booking berths can be found at www.harbour.weymouth.gov.uk.