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We sail at two spots here. We usually windsurf in Portland Harbour but occasionally we go to Overcombe.

Portland Harbour

A top class 'favourite' venue for beginners and experts alike. We usually windsurf in Portland Harbour, which is a massive area of water and almost totally enclosed, so it is pretty safe despite the fact that the prevailing W/SW wind is off shore. Depending on the state of the tide, the water has large shallow areas, perfect for practising beach starts and walking your kit home if you give up! When the wind blows hard, this place is magic because, even in a Force 8, the water is perfectly flat close to shore. Weymouth was made famous by the National Speed Week, which used to be held here every October. If the wind blows, you will probably break your own personal speed record - conditions can be that good! Watch out for potential closing speeds of 80mph in head on collision situations! Also, be aware that if the tide is rising there is a strong current just North of our launch site which, if it catches a weary windsurfer, can suck her under the road bridge and into The Fleet, Audrey!
If you fancy sailing on the open sea, try Overcombe, just a few miles along the coast.
If you arrive early enough there is a small car park on the left hand side as you come down onto Chesil Beach. It is part of a boat yard. The charges are higher than in the other much large public car park a little further down the road on the right hand side but you get direct access to the waters edge. Beware, treble parking and log jam is common in this car park, let alone the water, on popular bank holiday weekends.
Rig up on the pebble beach. There are toilets in the boatyard and an excellent cafe (although opening times are a bit random). Windtek windsurfing shop is just up the hill (short drive, medium length walk) - huge stock, usually lots of used stuff too, board hire and lessons also available.


Just out of range of most tourists, Overcombe's beautiful sandy beach is not usually too crowded. Very few people windsurf from here because it is an open sea venue and most people seem to prefer the flat water and safety of nearby Portland Harbour in Weymouth. Good in wind directions ranging from SW through to E but nothing more northerly than this. Worth a visit if you are spending some time in the area and want a break from the crowds at Portland.
Small car park right on the edge of the beach, or street parking nearby.
Good. A small parade of shops, cafe and a windsurfing shop (Secondwind) almost on the beach! Loos nearby too. Please do not rig in the nice tarmac car park, which is quite small, to avoid accidents. Out of season there may be enough space to do this to avoid sand up your joints! Second Wind can book accommodation for you.

Last updated: 09/08/07 08:30 By: Andrew
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Added by Genevieve on 25/08/08

AUGUST 2008: Overcombe just got that little bit more difficult to access. Which of course only makes it more intriguing and enticing :) The 'restaurant' has emailed to say they have banned windsurfers from the carpark and that it is patrolled. This probably makes it hard to shop at the windsurfing shop there! Anyway, don't let the turkeys get you down - if you can do Devon and climb the Cornish cliffs then a few extra metres to cross the carpark carrying your gear is no big challenge. Just park on the street that goes past Overcombe up the hill. The nice swell they get every now and again on their rocky reefline in front of the shop makes it all worthwhile. And remember to take your own tea and cakes.

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