Olympic Games - Sailing

The sailing events will take place at Weymouth and Portland

The Olympic sailing events for the London 2012 Games are taking place in Dorset in the south of England.

Weymouth and Portland are hosting the 10 different sailing events; six for men and four women's events.

The Great British sailing team topped the medals table in Beijing in 2008, winning four Golds, one Silver and one Bronze. British athlete Ben Ainslie is looking to win his fourth consecutive Olympic Gold medal.

Sailing was part of the first Olympic programme in 1896 however the events were called off due to the heavy winds. Both men and women can compete in sailing, and in the 1988 Games a separate women's competition was introduced.

Check the five day weather forecast if you are travelling to Dorset to see the Olympic sailing events.

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29 July - 11 August - Check the forecast for Weymouth and Portland to see if the conditions will be favourable for the sailing at the Olympic Games.

Sailing and the weather

The sea off Dorset's coast is a highly sought after sailing destination. The London 2012 Olympic sailing events take place off part of the Dorset coastline known as Osprey Quay.

The Met Office observation site at Portland shows that the prevailing wind is usually from the southwest but occasionally an easterly will blow from continental Europe.

During August and September temperatures are typically in the high teens. On calm summer days, a sea breeze is likely, giving variable winds and a testing environment for sailing. A steady wind direction and speed would provide the ideal conditions for competing athletes.

The Met Office has installed a near-shore observation buoy off Weymouth Harbour to provide more detailed weather observations to support weather forecasting for the sailing events.