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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

24 May 2017Offshore

RNSA/CCSC Friday evening racing results


A summary of this season's Friday evening series The third race was run in light wind, 5 to 8 knots, and the promised sun never materialised, but it was a pleasant evening for a trip .....

26 April 2017Meetings

April Meeting Minutes


Covering charity and possible affiliate status, the Portland Oystermen Several Order, moorings and the forthcoming cocktail party...

21 April 2017Offshore

Friday Evening Racing - RNSA/CCSC


Dates, sailing instructions and other information. For 2017 Castle Cove Sailing Club has again teamed up with RNSA Portland to host informal racing on a Friday evening in Portland .....

04 April 2017General

Mooring News


Visitor mooring, current facilities and a summary of maintenance over the winter All the moorings are now ready for use. For visitors, our W1 visitors buoy is not available this .....

15 February 2017Meetings

February Meeting Minutes


Covering membership renewal, moorings and the Portland Oystermen Several Order...

10 December 2016Meetings

AGM minutes 2016


Minutes of the recent AGM This was held as usual at WPNSA, but as well as the usual topics being discussed - which included loss of moorings as a result of that part of the harbour .....

30 November 2016Cruising

Portland Trophy winner



06 November 2016Meetings

October meeting minutes


Principally covering AGM related matters...

27 September 2016Meetings

September meeting minutes


A round-up of the activities during the summer. Activities include cruising and racing, as well as the appointment of a new diving company for the moorings, a review of branch member .....

21 September 2016Cruising

Gibraltar to the Canaries - a trip with 3 RNSA Portland members


Peter Stone's daily diary (with pictures) of a trip with Bob Myers and Bob Tuckwood from the Branch on a Swan 44 as they venture into the Atlantic. This trip was made in October and .....

06 September 2016Offshore

Weymouth Regatta 2016 with RNSA Portland participation


Weymouth hosts Spinlock IRC Small Boat Championship at this year’s Regatta This year’s regatta on the weekend of 3rd/4th September included the Spinlock IRC Small Boat Championships .....

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 .....

Portland Branch Committee


Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Branch Captain Peter Goss 01305 832116 07787 152782
Secretary Wayne Elkin 01308 425981 07807 712390
Membership Secretary Peter Eaglestone 01308 482725 07768 927916
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 Vacant

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.