Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour offer some of the best sailing waters on the planet and has purpose built on-shore facilities to match.  This winning combination was showcased to the world with Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) providing part of the venue for the sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Leading sailors from around the globe discovered what those closer to home have long been aware of: the combination of clean winds, sheltered waters and weak tides in the area is unique and provides an unrivalled location for thrilling sporting competition.  Spectators, meanwhile, marvelled at the spectacular backdrop to the action, with our modern world-class facility set in the centre of the Jurassic Coast, the only natural World Heritage Site on the UK mainland.

WPNSA primarily offers its superb venue for events and squad training, but also has a large members’ community and successful on-site sailing and windsurfing schools catering for all abilities from complete beginners to Olympians.

Our purpose is to effectively promote the sport of sailing to all levels of competence and ability, through courses, training and national as well as international events, whilst supporting and working closely with the local community.

Facilities on-shore include a licensed function room, conference/meeting rooms, various slipways, a 16-tonne boat hoist, extensive dinghy parks, three permanent cranes and storage for all types of boats.

Our magnificent venue lends itself perfectly as an outstanding choice of venue for functions, business meetings, weddings and conferences. First and foremost though, we are a place for sailors run by people with a passion for sailing.

Our commitment to young sailors is absolute, and through an associated charity called the Chesil Trust, we have introduced thousands of local children to the sport with the ‘Sail for a Fiver’ scheme.

WPNSA has a commitment to stewardship of the environment and in striving to play our part in making our industry more sustainable the Academy has won several prestigious awards.  We were the first Sailing Venue in the world to achieve the Sustainable Event Certification (ISO20121) a management system standard designed to help organisations in the event industry improve the sustainability of their events. You can view our Sustainability Policy here.

Whether you wish to run a major championship event, try sailing for the first time or simply enjoy sailing for the fantastic and fun sport that it is, we think you will find our services unbeatable.

If you have any questions, please check our FAQs page.

Visitors at WPNSA

Accommodation & Useful Links for Visitors

Accommodation WPNSA is located in one of the finest tourist destinations in the country and has a varied range of accommodation available within easy reach.  WPNSA has a limited number of campervan...

Campervans and Caravans

WPNSA has a limited number of campervan/caravan spaces for those that are associated with training and events held at the site. Please be aware that campervan parking will be in a boat park area and...


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Inside Facilities include: Reception open daily Full disabled access including lifts at both ends of the building, disabled changing/shower rooms and a ramp into the dinghy park First Aid Room...


Cafeteria Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday: 8am-5pm These times are subject to bookings, during events and training if instructed the cafeteria can be open later for evening meals. We also...

WPNSA before the dinghy park extension


From the earliest days of sailing ships, experienced sailors have known of the particular qualities of the local sailing waters.  Henry VIII recognised their importance and built two castles to...

Portland Harbour

How to Find Us

By Car From Dorchester: Take A354 to Weymouth From Poole and Bournemouth: Take A352, which then becomes A353 to Weymouth From Bridport: Take B3157 to Weymouth When you arrive at Weymouth: take the...


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WPNSA does not have any vacancies currently.   If you are interested in Volunteering here at WPNSA, please visit our Volunteering page for further information.


Meet the Team

At WPNSA we pride ourselves on Customer Service, so please do not hesitate to ask us any questions. 

Some of our Volunteers on the Pontoon


Volunteers are key to us running successful sailing events at WPNSA.  Our volunteers generously give their time to help with the race management of our events.  There are a variety of roles from...

Cloudy Skies as Sailors Return

Weather & Information for Water Users

Weather Portland Harbour Anemometer Wind Guru - Portland Harbour BBC Weather - Portland BBC Inshore Waters - Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis Shipping Forecast - Portland   Tides UK Hydrographic Office -...

WPNSA Pontoons


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