Area Lunch - Portland....not just Stone

Date: Sat 21 Sep 2019.


We look forward to welcoming you to the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The venue for our lunch is the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy home of the 2012 Olympic Games’ sailing events. The Academy is situated at the southernmost end of the infamous Chesil Beach. We hope you will enjoy stunning views throughout the day.


We trust that you will enjoy the programme we have put together for you


Portland…Not just Stone


10:00 -11:00am     Registration. Tea, coffee, and time to preorder your lunchtime drink and find your seat


11:00 – 11:15am   Introduction 


11:15 -12:15pm     Speaker; Gail McGarva.  Gail is a traditional wooden boat builder who will give us an insight in to her life and the     story of the Lerret.


12:15 -14:00pm     Time to collect drinks, enjoy a cold buffet lunch and view Vera,  one of Gail’s creations.


14:00 -15:15pm     Speaker; David Carter is the Volunteer Curator of the Portland Museum.


15:15pm                Tea, coffee, depart.


Gail McGarva started off as a sign language interpreter, then took part in a trip to the source of the Thames which, in turn led to her ‘letting boats be the core focus’ of her life.


David Carter will tell us about Marie Stopes and her life and times on Portland. David’s talk will be augmented by fellow volunteer Ed Cumming, who will talk about a famous shipwreck and those who perished.



WPNSA Osprey Quay Portland DT5 1SA  Tel: 01305 866000

Hearing loop and wheelchair access. Free on-site parking.



Weymouth railway station is served by a line from Bristol and another all points to London and there are regular buses to Portland (no 1) from Kings Statue (less than 5 minute walk from the station)

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It will be a busy weekend accommodation wise because the Ironman competition will be taking place on the Sunday, so book your accommodation soon. 

It will be fun……AND you will be walking in spaces trod by Olympic sailing medallists like Sir Ben Ainsley, Nick Dempsey and Sarah Ayton.


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