Portland isn’t just good for sailing, it could well be considered as the best place for sailing in the United Kingdom, if not Europe. With the newly built National Sailing Academy sitting on the harbour and the 2012 games sailing events being held in Portland it would be hard to disagree with these statements, indeed the Royal Yachting Association has also credited the area as the best in Northern Europe.

There is a huge amount of dinghies and larger keel boats that both use the waters for recreation and for competition. Last year alone saw competitions for Optimists, Darts, RS500, 600, 700 and 800, 18ft Skiffs, Moths, F18s, B14s, Laser 4000s and many others. The Match Racing Finals were also held in the harbour and further into Weymouth Bay.

To sum up, if you have an interest in sailing or wish to give it a go for the very first time you would be hard pushed to find a better place. The geography of the area is already acknowledged as one of the best and the National Sailing Academy offer instruction for both novice to expert alike. For more information on what the National Sailing Academy could offer you please visit their website here.