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How to Bypass Crowded Marinas For London Olympics Yacht Charters

Graphic of London Olympics 2012 logo. Version has Olympic rings at top, Tower of London, Ferris Wheel, Big Ben, London Bridge drawings in center to match the colors of the rings, and the words, London 2012, with colorful ribbon entwined in letters and numbers


We posted a blog about the high demand for berths in the heart of London during the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games.  We then wondered about convenient alternative locations for superyacht dockage. 





YAY!  There is an excellent port facility away from the crowded downtown London docks. It has good deepwater berths. It is also easy to arrange helicopter access into the heart of London from here.

Portland Port is ready to roll out the red carpet for luxury yacht charter vessels this summer, and might just become this year’s megayacht hotspot, with multiple deep water berths and anchorages available.

Photograph of Portland Port in the UK

Portland Deepwater Port



There is a special bonus.  Portland Port is host to the Olympic and Paralympics sailing races.

It is situated at the end of a peninsula off the Dorset coast.  This port is an ideal location to enjoy Olympic sailing events. It is also great for escaping the crowded Royal docks near downtown London. Charterers heading for stadium events can avoid the Thames River from here. They can shuttle via helicopter from Dorset into the heart of London.




Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters expounds on the advantages of docking in Portland, especially for large sailboats. 

“Because of height restrictions, some large luxury sailing charter vessels are unable to cruise down the Thames.  Portland is an excellent alternative for these sailboats.  Our team will partner with local port authorities to offer the ultimate in luxury packages including helicopter transport to and from Olympic events.”



Portland Port offers multiple deep water berths suitable for vessels over 24m LOA, and also serves as an excellent stop-over destination between popular locations such as Falmouth, the Solent, and the Isle of Wight. The pretty, traditional seaside town of Weymouth is only 15 minutes away by taxi.


Photograph of the sunset shining through the rocks of Stonehenge. The sky is orange, and the grass is rich green.



The prospect of using Portland as a gateway to adventure has Sheeder beaming. 

“Attending the Olympic Games while enjoying a yachting-based vacation will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our clients. By using Portland as a base, charterers will not only have easy access to the Games, but also be at the gateway for exploring nearby sites like Stonehenge, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bath, and the Jurassic Coast.”



It’s not too late to arrange a yachting holiday this summer in London.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters special events team at for details on planning your London Olympics yacht charter.

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Ms. Jana Sheeder is President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. Providing The Superyacht Experience(tm) since 1976. Private luxury yacht charter vacations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, South Florida, Miami and The Florida Keys, Italian Rivera, Belize. Megayacht charter company focused on generosity, Pay It Forward, Random Acts of Kindness, Giftivism, giving back to the ocean, to the needy, and the environment with every superyachting charter. Providing eco-friendly alternatives while on yacht charters and known for 6-star customer service, experience, and generosity.

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