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Portland Branch

Based at Portland the moorings utilised by the former HMS Osprey Royal Naval base were retained. The Branch uses the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy as its shore base and its Berth Holders are all members of the Academy. The Branch membership is by design 60% full RNSA members and 40% Associate, with the committee largely made up of retired naval personnel or civilians. RNSA Portland Branch is one of four sailing clubs making up the Yacht Clubs of Weymouth.

Portland Branch News & Notices

30 July 2016Offshore

RNSA/CCSC Friday Evening Results - Series 2


A summary of the second summer series Race 2 was sailed in a brisk Force 5 wind from the west inside the harbour, which made for a fast and tight sail crossing the harbour on a mostly .....

07 July 2016Offshore

Round the Island 2016 aboard High Hopes


Lively weather made this a memorable race, with an outcome that overcame the trauma of last year Our short practice in the Solent on the day before this year’s RTI saw us returning .....

07 July 2016Cruising

What's in a name?


Peter Stone's cruise report to Lundy and the north coast of Devon...

25 May 2016Offshore

RNSA/CCSC Friday Evening Results - Series 1


A summary of the Friday evening races and results Overall a series dominated by light and generally very pleasant weather - perfect for the relaxed and informal racing this event seeks .....

02 May 2016General

RNSA Portland joins in HM's 90th Birthday Celebrations at Weymouth


An event to mark Her Majesty's 90th birthday in Weymouth harbour, superbly organised by Gareth Peaston of the Royal Dorset Yacht Club. On a cold 23rd of April morning 5 boats set out .....

30 April 2016Meetings

Quarterly minutes


The sailing and social events discussed and agreed at a recent meeting are covered by individual articles elsewhere on the Portland Branch part of the website. In relation to .....

23 April 2016Cruising

RNSA Portland Cruising Programme


The events below summarise the current Branch cruising programme for 2016. 1. The 2016 cruising programme is about to commence with a parade of boats on the 23rd April to celebrate .....

04 April 2016General

John Bainbridge's funeral and wake


John sadly passed away on Wed 9th. Mar. in DC hospital His funeral is to be on Fri 8th April at 2.30pm at Weymouth Crematorium and afterwards @ CCSC for the Wake. I hope members who .....

29 February 2016Offshore

Portland Friday evening informal racing


This year RNSA Portland has again teamed up with Castle Cove Sailing Club to host informal racing on a Friday evening in Portland Harbour and, if fine, Weymouth Bay. It is aimed principally .....

16 December 2015General

An evening with Drummond Challis and a screening of his film


Drummond Challis, the Producer of the film "The Riddle of the Sands", will be attending the screening and answering questions from the audience. The story is a record of Secret Service .....

09 December 2015Meetings

AGM Minutes


The minutes of the recent meeting on 27 November are attached...

28 November 2015Cruising

Portland Trophy winners


Each year members are invited to submit a cruise log, and the best three are awarded prizes at the branch AGM. This was held on 27 November 2015. The three reports attached are very .....

Portland Branch Events


Date Event Venue Type
20 May - 16 Sep 16 Friday evening informal racing Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay Offshore

Portland Branch Committee


Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Branch Captain Peter Goss 01305 832116 07787 152782
Secretary Wayne Elkin 01308 425981 07807 712390
Treasurer Alan Clifton 01935 477497 07843 313382
Cruising Secretary Brendan Moore 01305 821574
Racing Secretary Ian Bowker 01935 817550 07749 804291 
Mooring Secretary John Hasker 01935 411515 07971 656416
Social Secretary Jacquie Shears 01300 341126 07543 164459

About Portland Branch


Recent History

Following the withdrawal of the Royal Navy from HMS Osprey in the 1990s, the site of the former naval base was sold by the Ministry of Defence to the South West Regional Development Agency who in turn granted leases over its western part to the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy ( ) and the eastern part to Dean & Reddyhoff marinas (

During this time the branch continued to operate with the existing moorings which lay broadly parallel to the foreshore, and as serving naval personnel ceased working at HMS Osprey they were replaced by volunteers. The branch membership is by design made up of a minimum of 60% RNSA members and about 40% affiliates, with the committee largely made up of retired naval personnel or civilians.

With the announcement of the 2012 Olympics, extensive works were undertaken at the site which included the breaking up of the R3 hard to be replaced by two much larger slips to give “all-weather” dinghy launching capability, together with the relocation of the RNSA moorings which now comprise a new 51 capacity trot system lying about 300 yds further to the west than before.

The Branch seeks to use the WPNSA building as its shore base, and its mooring members are also members of WPNSA, but we are subject to normal commercial drivers. The Branch does not operate a launch service, but members store tenders on the WPNSA site.

RNSA Portland Branch is one of four sailing clubs making up the Yacht Clubs of Weymouth ( )

Visiting Portland

The Branch welcomes visiting RNSA members and a mooring is permanently allocated for them, which can accommodate boats up to 14m long. Charge £10 per day or part thereof subsequently, cheques to be made payable to RNSA Portland Branch and sent to our treasurer (see committee page for details).

Visitors can land at WPNSA but are required to register and pay a fee. It can be very busy both in the harbour and onshore when large events are on, so it may be worth checking their website prior to a visit.

The visitor's mooring is W1 and is located at 50:34.614N, 2:27.357W. The buoys have a largish eye at the top, which you will need to tie up to. Please bear in mind that Portland is exposed, especially in a NE wind, so you need to be careful how you do this, particularly if you leave the boat unattended for any length of time. Permanent holders use chain, with a backup of either thick nylon rope or another chain.

Yacht Racing

The Branch is involved in running a Friday evening series during May – July with the Castle Cove Sailing Club, and results from this can be seen on our website in the Notices page. This is informal racing, with drinks at Castle Cove afterwards, and any visiting member would be welcome. Handicaps can be worked out afterwards!


The Branch seeks to organise mainly local cruises, and joins the other clubs for longer passages.


The 50 moorings comprise three size ranges based on boat length, ranging from 8 – 14m. There are currently vacancies in some sizes. They are available for use in the summer season only, from 1 April to 31 October. For more details contact the Mooring Secretary.


The Branch seeks to undertake regular social events throughout the year, both onshore with events such as a cocktail party and on the water with a pontoon party. These may involve the other local sailing clubs also.

Branch Membership

The Branch welcomes all RNSA members as well as affiliates. A notional joining charge is made and involvement in activities and committee work is encouraged.