Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Passage to Portland - A weekend of celebrations

by Emma Slater on 27 Jan 2012
Passage to Portland 2012 RYA http://www.rya.org.uk
Passage to Portland, being held from 2nd to 5th June 2012, provides an exclusive opportunity to tour the Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue ahead of the Games. If you’re looking for something special to do to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or just fancy doing something a bit different this year then why not sign up for the event.

The RYA will be celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the forthcoming London 2012 sailing events over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, with a whole host of activities and events.

The weekend’s celebrations centre around a British Street Party themed event at Portland Castle following a TV screening of the Thames Jubilee Pageant earlier in the day.

This unique event provides participants with the opportunity to tour the Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue, a behind-the-scenes look at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta and hear all about the British Sailing Teams’ preparations for London 2012.

There will also be the opportunity to get out on the water and watch the sailors racing in the regatta with commentary from double Olympic gold medallist, Sarah Ayton.

Aimed at Sail and Motor cruisers, participants will make their own way, by boat, to Portland, where we have pre-booked berths for them for three nights at Portland Marina, from where they can enjoy the activities of the long weekend.

'Places are filling fast, so now really is the time to book if you don’t want to miss-out on the opportunity to celebrate two big events of the year with us', explained Passage to Portland coordinator Celia Edgington.

Passage to Portland isn’t just for boaters from neighbouring ports, it’s open to everyone. There are already a number of boats coming from the West Country and the East Coast, so why not make the most of the double bank holiday and integrate Passage to Portland into your summer cruise like Andy Beharrell.

On board his Sadler Starlight 39 ‘Charmary’, Andy Beharrell and his five strong crew will be making the most of Passage to Portland when they sail down as part of their summer cruise. We asked him a few questions about why he’s coming to the event:

How long will it take to get to Portland from your home marina?
My home port is Tollesbury on the East Coast so I anticipate it will take around 4-5 days but I’m allowing about 10 days for the weather and to hopefully have a chance to cruise around the Solent a little on the way.

I am using the event as a good excuse to start taking the boat round Britain, so from Portland I plan to carry on heading west and will winter the boat either in the West Country or hopefully quite a bit further north. In 2013 I then hope to complete the trip round Britain through the Caledonian Canal.

Why did you decide to come along to Passage to Portland?
I am a keen dinghy sailor (as are all my crew) and also sail a GP14 so have followed dinghy racing a lot over the years. I have always raced a lot as well as cruised and so will be following the Olympics closely. The opportunity to see the Olympic venue and watch some racing (albeit not the Olympics itself) was one that was too good to miss. And of course as my excuse to start my round Britain trip.

What are you most looking forward to?
Watching the racing and touring the Olympic venue.

For more information about what’s on and how you can book your place for the weekend click RYA website
Zhik Warehouse Sale 660x82InSunSport - NZBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - This day last year…
Around St Katharine Docks, air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as Clipper Race crew said goodbye 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Around St Katharine Docks, the air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as the Clipper 2015-16 Race crew said goodbye to the thousands of well-wishers that gathered to bid them farewell on their round the world adventure.
Posted today at 5:37 am
2017 Marion Bermuda Race offers front row seats for America’s Cup
Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat
Posted on 30 Aug
Dodging ducks, savoring summer—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 30 Aug
Full focus on board Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series St Petersburg
With a lead on the overall scoreboard following their last gasp win in Hamburg the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus With a five-point lead on the overall scoreboard, following their last gasp win in Hamburg, the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus to make sure they perform to their maximum capabilities right up until the final race in Sydney in December.
Posted on 30 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race - Enright and Towill ready to go again in 2017/18
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put their experience to use. Team Alvimedica were the youngest team in the race last edition, and now skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put that experience to use. Volvo Ocean race's Jonno Turner caught up with Mark and Charlie to chat about everything from the transition back into 'real life', their reflections on the 2014-15 campaign - and the future.
Posted on 29 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club takes the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Trophy again
The yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water. Every August the biggest question for the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is whether this will be the year that Noroton Yacht Club's winning streak ends. Yet even after the age minimums were raised by five years and the event was expanded to 10 teams and three days to stiffen the competition, the yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water.
Posted on 29 Aug
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug
Michael Illbruck crowned 2016 Melges 20 World Champion
Although not a simple task, Freides aimed to keep Illbruck behind him, or at minimum out of top nine ranking. Hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino, the World Championship was the most successful to date featuring four days of incredible sportboat racing.
Posted on 28 Aug