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General Information - 18ft Skiff European Grand Prix - Weymouth August 2008 Venue The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is UK's leading sailing venue. It was recently confirmed as the venue of the 2012 Olympics as part of London's succcesful bid in July and all it's facilities have been upgraded already. The venue offers great sailing waters, either in Weymouth Bay or protected in Portland Harbour. It is an ideal Skiff venue with plenty of space for rigging and almost guarantee of breeze due to it's position on the coastline. You can get all the info on the venue on http://www.wpnsa.org.uk/. Weymouth is also a very popular seaside resort in the UK. Info on Weymouth and Portland area can be found on http://www.weymouth.gov.uk Directions WPNSA is located in Dorset on the South West coast of England. Directions can be found on the WPNSA website. Distance from airports listed below, and approximately 4hrs drive from Dover or 2hrs from Portsmouth. http://www.wpnsa.org.uk/contact.htm Travel Discounted ferry fares for all major routes have been organised via the company "Alternative Promotions". To book follow these general instructions: 1. First identify which ferry or ideal crossing (eg Calais/Dover) etc that you wish to use and decided upon the rough time and date you wish to travel. Look at the relevant ferry company website (eg www.seafrance.com ) to find periods with lowest tariffs already (eg late evening / night) 2. Then telephone or Email the details and they will quote you the ferry price fare they can obtain for you. 3. Once you have agreed you will need to make arrangements to pay the full amount immediately. It is not possible to pay by credit card. Payment is made by Cheque in GB Sterling , International money order or Cash (Euros by registered post). Alternative Promotion extend these discounted fares to friends and family of competitors and other parties interested in these championships. These fares are not available to the general public and can only be booked through Alternative Promotions. Early booking is ESSENTIAL to ensure availability on sailings. Tel:(01934) 824138 Fax:(01934) 824139 Mobile (07710) 401620 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org or website www.altprom.com Address: Connemara, Old Banwell Road, Locking, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, ENGLAND, BS24 8BT If any team members are flying, nearest international airports are: Bournemouth - 1hr drive, limited international destinations http://www.flybournemouth.co.uk Southampton - 1.5hrs drive, a few more international options http://www.baa.co.uk Bristol - 2hr drive, lots of European destinations, limited times http://www.bristolairport.co.uk London (Gatwick or Heathrow) - 2-2.5hrs drive, best choice of destinations / times http://www.baa.co.uk London Luton - 3hrs drive, choice of low cost airline destinations http://www.london-luton.co.uk/en London Stansted - 3hrs drive, best choice of low cost airline destinations http://www.baa.co.uk Accomodation An accomodation list attached to this document and lists all B&B, self catering and hotel accomodation in Portland and Weymouth, including rough distances from sailing club. One good option for team accomodation is WPNSA's own accomodation in "Boscawen House" - http://www.wpnsa.org.uk/accommodation.htm - this only 15 mins walk from the sailing centre and probably cheapest option - book fast though!
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