Weymouth and Portland rule the radio waves

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By Emily_P | Friday, August 10, 2012, 08:24

A hit radio show was broadcast from Weymouth and Portland thanks to the Olympics.

Simon Mayo broadcast his Radio Two Drive Time show from Weymouth Pavilion after first trying his hand at sailing in Weymouth Bay with Bejiing gold medallist Pippa Wilson.

Simon, who is touring Olympic venues, said: "Weymouth beach is fantastic. Going out sailing was fun and it was good to be in experienced hands with Pippa. I wish we could stay longer but we have to be at the Olympic Park in the morning."

It is not only radio coverage that has been putting Weymouth and Portland on the map. Images of Dorset's beautiful Jurassic Coastline have been beamed across the world as hundreds of reporters flock here to cover the 2012 Olympic sailing competition.  

More than 400 reporters from countries around the world have registered with the Dorset Media Centre, which was set up by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to help gain the area maximum global exposure. Media from countries including Brazil, New Zealand, China, Japan, Australia, Germany, Hungary, France, Ireland, Turkey, Russia, Sweden, Holland, Poland, Spain, Portugal and the United States of America have been operating from the centre.  

Further coverage is expected on Friday (10/8) as excitement mounts in the sailing competition. Team GB sailors Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are guaranteed a medal in the Women's 470 class. Supporters will be cheering on the pair, who have a chance of winning gold, when their race starts at 1pm. Anyone without a ticket can watch the action at the free-of-charge Live Site on Weymouth Beach. The Live Site, which shows other Olympic sport when there is no sailing, has been provided by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

However, please note that the sailing races can be subject to change depending on the weather. 

The free sports arena also on Weymouth beach will again be offering people the chance to try a range of sports. Activities on offer at the arena include sailing and kayaking. More than 60,000 people have come along to the arena, which Dorset County Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council helped provide. 

Councillor Ian Bruce, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Culture, said: "It is great news that so many people have enjoyed the sports arena. It has been an outstanding success and it is a great legacy that through the games so many people have had the opportunity to find out more about sport and try something that they have perhaps never done before. This will hopefully inspire more people to take up sport and that is what the Games are all about."

There is lots on offer for anyone who prefers culture to sailing, including 'a Dance a Day' which is a community project celebrating the creativity of older people. Dance groups will give free performances from 9am-6pm at the Jubilee Clock Tower in Weymouth as part of the Maritime Mix Cultural Olympiad by the Sea. For a full programme of events visit: www.maritimemix2012.co.uk      

Live music from local bands will be on offer at 'Pavilion Live' at Weymouth pavilion. Entry costs just £1.

Park and Ride will be free all day again at the Monkey Jump site, off the A35 in Dorchester. For more information about travel please visit: www.dorsetforyou.com/sailing2012/travel-and-transport

For a full calendar of events in Weymouth and Portland during the Games please visit www.dorsetforyou.com/sailing2012 and for information on accommodation in Dorset please visit www.visit-dorset.com



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