THe Local area

On the Water

The Dorset coastline is pretty tempting for even the most ardent of land lovers, so why not experience it from a completely different viewpoint during your stay? You could choose to take things nice and slowly on a local cruise, effortlessly taking in the scenery, or try something a little faster on a rib ride or on one of the last 1960’s classic speedboats. The scenery is that good you might even want to do both! Or why not get in the water and try out some exciting water sports like paddleboarding or foiling?

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Wanting to try something spectacular? Thunderbolt is one of the last 1960’s classic speedboats in operation today and has to be one of the most unique trips you can take in the area. With short, day and evening trips available, you can decide if you’d prefer to stay in the bay or travel a little further up the Jurassic coast to enjoy the views. 

Kitesurfing. Man rides on kite on waves
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Water sports

The Official Test Centre is a water sports centre located right on the water’s edge, within the grounds of the National Sailing Academy on Portland, Dorset. Catering for windsurfing, kitesurfing, wing-foiling and stand up paddling (SUP), they are also the UK’s first Fliteschool, making the new exhilarating sport of e-foiling accessible for all.

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These one-hour cruises will take you from Weymouth harbour, through the waters of the 2012 sailing Olympics where the likes of Ben Ainsley conquered for Team GB, to Portland harbour and back. There are also routs that take in the Jurassic Coast, as well as Bowleaze Cove, Osmington, Red Cliff point and many more.

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Rib Charter

When you’re wanting to experience Dorset’s gorgeous coastline from a different view, Weymouth Bay Rib Charter say that nothing comes close to their 20 minute bay ride. And they could be right if you like a little speed! Fancy something a little more sedate? You can also choose to slow down for a cruise and take it all in at your leisure. 

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Coastline Cruises

Imagine cruising down the Dorset coastline in a vintage WWII naval boat. Could there be anything better? With a number of route options including private charter if you fancy it, we’re not sure there could be, so if that sounds just like your cup of tea, make sure that Coastline Cruises are a firm part of your holiday plans during your stay.

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Adventure Sailing

Moonfleet sails daily from Portland Marina in Dorset, out into Weymouth Bay and to remarkable destinations along Dorset’s beautiful coastline! All boat trips depart from and return to Portland Marina on your very own Tall Ship. It’s a pretty spectacular experience if you love the water, and even if you don’t too!