After we posted a blog about the high demand for berths in the heart of London during the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games this summer, we started to wonder if there were any convenient, alternative locations for superyacht dockage.
It turns out there is an excellent port facility away from the crowded downtown London docks with good deepwater berths and easy-to-arrange helicopter access into the heart of London.
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.
A special bonus – Portland Port is host to the Olympic and Paralympics sailing races.
Situated at the end of a peninsula off the Dorset coast, Portland Port is an ideal location to enjoy Olympic sailing events, and escape the crowded Royal docks near downtown London. Using Portland as a base during the games, charterers heading for stadium events can avoid the Thames River, and shuttle via helicopter from Dorset into the heart of London.
Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters expand 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.
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 nge, 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 SailAway Yacht Charters special events team at http://www.1800sailaway.com/contact_us.html for details on planning your London Olympics yacht charter.
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