Paralympic Games - Sailing

The Paralympic sailing events will take place at Weymouth and Portland.

The Paralympic sailing events will be taking place at Weymouth and Portland in Dorset.

The sport is open to athletes with any type of physical impairment, with a classification system based on the following:

  • Stability
  • Hand functionality
  • Mobility
  • Vision.

There are three main events which are all non gender specified: single-person, two-person and three-person keelboats.

In total, 80 athletes will compete in four medal events. Team GB's Alexander Rickman and Niki Birrell are hotly marked as the ones to watch in this year's games, particularly in the two-person event. The USA and Australian teams will also be providing stiff competition for a final podium place.

Check the forecast for Weymouth and Portland if you have tickets to see the sailing events at London 2012.

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Forecast

1 September - 6 September - Check the forecast for Weymouth and Portland to see if the conditions will be favourable for the sailing at the Paralympic Games.

The sea off Dorset's coast is a highly sought after sailing destination. The London 2012 Paralympic sailing events will 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.