If you missed out on the Olympic sailing action, the forthcoming Paralympics is an ideal opportunity to get out your Union Jack, dust off your picnic rug and enjoy some fabulous sailing in Weymouth and Portland.

There is no ticketed area for the Paralympic Sailing, but there are a host of places where you can watch for free, or just a few pounds.

Skud Paralympic

Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell in the Skud - photo Richard Langdon/Skandia Team GBR


All the racing is taking place within Portland Harbour, rather than round the corner at the Nothe - the venue of the ticketed Olympic site and Olympic medal race course. Therfore the viewing areas are slightly different from the Olympic ones when only one fo the race areas was inside the harbour.

The Rodwell Trail runs along the edge of Portland Harbour. Along its route are the Sandsfoot Gardens and Castle Cove Sailing Club. The Gardens have free entry, but parking is very limited, while Castle Cove will be charging £5 per day including parking. To book you need to contact the sailing secretary.

For a bit of an insight into what it's like to watch the sailing, see Weymouth: Olympic Sailing From the Beach. Also check out Paralympic Sailing 2012: Your Guide.