Portland Harbour - Weymouth, Dorset

Portland Harbour is the most used training ground for the RYA and offers some glassy, flat windsurfing conditions whatever the wind. A south-west wind blows over the banks of Chesil beach before dropping down on the Ferry Bridge Boat Yard side as a clean offshore winds. You can then windsurf parallel to the beach in perfect flat water.

Beach Faces:

North-east

Best Wind Direction:

South-west is bang offshore, flat and glassy and this is most sailed, but you can sail it in all directions.

Best Wind Direction For Waves:

No waves here.

Not Good:

North

Tide:

Sailable at any state, but low tide is a walk out but then it will get deep.

What’s On The Bottom:

Sand

Any Hazards:

None

Other Water Users:

Some kitersurfers

Suitability / Levels:

All levels, but this is a speed sailor or freestyle sailor’s dream

Wipeout Factor:

Down to the sailor, it is generally flat and very smooth.

Instruction:

Yes, from the Sailing Academy by Windtek, phone 01305 787900.

Kit Hire:

Yes, everything. All at the Academy down the road.

Friendly Factor:

A lot of weekend warriors who travel from all over. The number of true locals is limited. A lot of people come here to train for Formula Racing.

No Wind Alternatives:

A lot of weekend warriors who travel from all over. The number of true locals is limited. A lot of people come here to train for Formula Racing.

Surfable?:

No comment. There are a few secret spots near Overcombe and Ringstead.

Facilities:

Toilets

Yes, on site.

Shower

Yes

Windsurfing Shop

Windtek is  400 metres away

Food

Yes, on site.

Parking

£4.00

Pub

The Ferry Bridge, 1 minute away.

Accommodation:

There is plenty of accomodation in and around Weymouth and Portland Bill. Click Here

Local Hotshots:

Callum Edge, Nick Dempsey, Kev Greenslade and Simon Cofield.

Local Knowledge / Secrets:

The girls are easy (!)

Extra:

Weymouth Speed Week in the Autumn and UKWA & SWA events occur regularly in the harbour.

How To Get There:

Once in Weymouth, follow signs to Portland Bill. Once on the “spit” road you will find Chesil beach on your left and Portland Harbour on the right. The Ferry Bridge Boat Yard is half way down and on the left.

Report By:

Callum Edge

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