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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

08 December 2018Meetings

AGM minutes


The AGM held at WPNSA, Portland at the end of November 2018....

02 December 2018Cruising

Portland Trophy awards


The three prize-winning entries for the Portland Trophy, reminding us what a wonderful summer it was in the UK! The Portland Trophy and two cash prizes are awarded for entertaining .....

06 November 2018Meetings

AGM Calling notice


The AGM to be held at WPNSA on Friday 30 November...

06 November 2018Meetings

October Meeting Minutes


Minutes of the October committee meeting including vacancies, proposed work on moorings and next year's proposed sailing programme...

10 August 2018Social

Is your mooring safe?


A talk by EYE Marine about moorings...

14 April 2018Meetings

April meeting minutes


Covering the results of the recent moorings inspection, the proposed cruising activity, the possibility of RYA Powerboat courses for future drivers of the branch RIB, planned social .....

25 February 2018Meetings

February meeting minutes


Covering the appointment of a new Sailing Secretary, a mooring and launch fee update, marina discounts, date of Cocktail Party and Mupe Bay cruise....

13 January 2018Social

Dorset Wrecks


A fun evening with a drink or two and good old singalong, by kind invitation of Castle Cove SC...

07 January 2018Social

Quiz Night in aid of Action for Children


At The Boat that Rocks, Portland Marina, 7.30pm on 2 February 2018 Hosted by Tikka's Travels' Steve Pointon, entry is £5/head. Teams of three to six people recommended, make up .....

14 December 2017Meetings

AGM 2017 Minutes


Minutes of the 2017 AGM held on 30 November Including an update on charitable status and possible separation of assets into a trust, as well as election of officers and annual awards. The .....

23 October 2017Meetings

October meeting minutes


Covering a new website, the new Branch RIB for moorings maintenance, a branch insurance quote received, steady growth in membership, the proposed appointment of a new Social Secretary .....

19 October 2017Meetings

September meeting minutes


Covering forthcoming committee changes, website review, the purchase of a moorings workboat and an update of RNSA change of status....

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
Sailing Secretary Christopher Stonehouse 01749 345277 07719 322377
Mooring Secretary John Hasker 01935 411515 07971 656416
HLO Richard Stevens 01935 420495 07718384591
Social Secretary Kaz Pointon 01934 744824 07805 587244

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 made up of RNSA members and associates, 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 provision of two slips to give “all-weather” launching capability, together with the relocation of the RNSA moorings which now comprise solely a new 51 capacity trot system lying about 300 m 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 can 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 two moorings are permanently allocated for them, which can accommodate boats up to 14m long. A Visitor’s mooring is usually available. Advance booking with the Branch Mooring Officer is desirable. The charge made for the mooring is £10 per day or part thereof, cheques to be made payable to RNSA Portland Branch and sent to our treasurer, Alan Clifton, 4, Aldondale Gardens, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1QU.

Visitors can land at WPNSA, and use their facilities, 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.

There are 2 visitors’ moorings as shown on the RNSA website: RNSA Visitor Moorings in Portland Harbour. Advance booking with the Branch Mooring Officer is recommended to avoid disappointment. Both are fitted with chain strops and pickup buoys that need to be attached to the boat for insurance. 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, particularly 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.


The Branch seeks to organise mainly local cruises, and joins the other clubs for longer passages. Members, however, cruise both far and wide, and with the Channel Islands and North Brittany normally a reach there and back, many include at least one visit per season.


The 51 moorings comprise three size ranges based on boat length, ranging from 8 – 14m. There are currently vacancies in all sizes. They are available for use in the summer season only, from 1 April to 31 October. For details contact John Hasker, 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 also involve local sailing clubs.

Branch Membership

The Branch welcomes all RNSA members as well as associates. A Branch/Social charge is made and involvement in activities and committee work is encouraged.