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The team at Dorset 2012 answer some of the most common questions about the games...


Q: Can you give me some idea of the scale of the Olympic and Paralympic Games?

A: The Olympic Games is the largest sporting event in the world with 10,500 Olympic athletes and 4,200 Paralympic athletes, 26 Olympic sports in 34 venues, 20 Paralympic sports in 21 venues, Over 9,000,000 tickets, 250,000 accredited people including the athletes' support teams and 20,000 official press and media.

Q: When do the sailing events for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games take place?

A: The Olympic sailing events take place between 29 July and 11 August 2012, followed by the Paralympic sailing events between 1 September and 6 September 2012. The period in between the two events is known as the 'transition period' when a range of cultural celebrations and other events will take place.

Q: Where will the 2012 Sailing events take place?

A: The 2012 Sailing events will take place on the coastal waters off Weymouth & Portland and within the inner part of Portland Harbour, with the competition centred at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (W&PNSA), and Portland Marina, Osprey Quay, Portland.

Q: Where will the actual sailing races take place?

A: There will be five designated Olympic sailing race areas, known as the 'field of play', all of which are within the coastal waters around Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay.

Q: Why was Weymouth & Portland selected for the 2012 Sailing events?

A: The coastal waters around Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour are credited by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) as the best sailing waters in Northern Europe and amongst the best in the world. Read more about Why was Weymouth & Portland selected for the 2012 Sailing events?

Q: What is the history of sailing as an Olympic sport?

A: Sailing has been an Olympic sport since the Paris Games in 1900. The sport was left out of the 1904 St Louis Games but returned in 1908 and has been part of the Games ever since. Sailing has been part of the Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000. Read more about What is the history of sailing as an Olympic sport?

Q: How many countries will be taking part in the 2012 Games sailing events?

A: Teams from 61 nations are expected to take part with up to 380 sailing competitors in ten Olympic events with a further 80 Paralympic sailors taking part in three events. Up to the questions

Q: How have local Dorset authorities organised themselves to manage the sailing and associated events?

A: Two senior decision making groups, the Dorset 2012 Steering Group and the Dorset 2012 Board, have been established to oversee all 2012 arrangements in Dorset. Read more about How have local Dorset authorities organised themselves to manage the sailing and associated events?

Q: What extra costs will local authorities have to bear in helping to host the Games in Dorset?

A: This will need to be assessed in detail as the roles and responsibilities of different Olympic organisations (e.g. ODA/LOCOG/GOE, etc) and local agencies are established. Discussions with the Government Olympic Executive have confirmed that access to support funding will be available for the local authorities, to help meet additional costs of local services if they cannot be met from other sources.

Q: I would like to work as a volunteer in Weymouth & Portland during the Games, how do I go about doing this?

A: LOCOG has now closed applications for the official London 2012 Games Maker volunteer programme; however Dorset will be launching its own specific volunteering programme (called Weymouth & Portland Ambassadors) in early 2011.

Q: What security arrangements will be in place during the Games?

A: Dorset Police, local authorities, the Marine & Coastguard Agency, Portland Port and Weymouth Harbour Authority will be working together during Games times.

There will be increased security arrangements particularly around the Olympic Village and the Sailing Academy which will become secure zones during the Games. Other security provisions will be in place but will need to remain confidential and subject to normal security restrictions.

Q: Will it be possible to buy tickets to view the sailing events?

A: Yes this is planned. LOCOG is working with W&PBC to secure the use of the Nothe Fort as a ticketed spectator venue. If approved, official London 2012 sailing tickets will be available via the London 2012 website, and will go on sale for a period of six weeks from 15 March 2011.

Q: Where will I be able to view the sailing?

A: Spectators will be able to choose from a number of excellent viewing points along the coast but the main viewing areas are likely to be from the proposed live site on Weymouth beach and from the Nothe if this is a ticketed venue.

Q: Will I still be able to sail on the waters around Weymouth & Portland when the Games are taking place?

A: Yes, it will be possible to sail but there will be restrictions within the 'field of play' to ensure the racing takes place undisturbed. Visitor berthing within Weymouth & Portland Harbours will also be strictly limited.

Q: How will members of the public be made aware of the legacy benefits the Games are delivering and will deliver for the area?

A: A schedule of legacy benefits is being prepared and will be available very soon. In addition, there will be a series of public drop-in sessions / exhibitions between now and 2012 and regular legacy based articles will be publicised on-line and via local media.

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