LiveOlympics in Weymouth and Portland

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Summary

  • Today's schedule:
  • Nothe: 12pm 1 x Radial; Elliot (Round Robin)
  • Portland Harbour: 12pm 2 x 49er; 2 x Laser; 1 x Radial
  • Weymouth Ba West: 12pm 2 x RS:X M; 2 x RS:X W
  • Weymouth Bay South: 12pm 2 x Finn; 2 x Star

6:31pm

6:02pm

5:36pm

We've added more pictures to our gallery of Saturday's celebrations and Battle for the Winds finale. You can view them here

4:51pm

The British match racing crew secure an important win against their French rivals.

The trio of Kate and Lucy Macgregor and Annie Lush have now won four out of six races.

 

 

4:50pm

4:50pm

4:34pm

Paul Goodison puts in a much improved performance to finish second in the fourth race of the Laser class.

4:04pm

In the Star Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson get second behind Brazil

3:40pm

British windsurfer Bryony Shaw claims sixth place in the second race in the women's RS:X class, improving by one place on her performance first time out.

 

3:21pm

Portland's Alison Young also finishes in second place on home waters.

She has had a great day in the Laser Radial class but nobody can touch Irish sailor Annalise Murphy who claims her fourth straight win.

3:20pm

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson continue to lead the Star class after six races.

The duo finished second in their second race of the day.

3:07pm

Beijing gold medalist Paul Goodison is still struggling to make an impression in the Laser class.

He finishes back in 16th in the third race after posting tenth and 23rd-placed finishes yesterday.

2:57pm

Match racing trio Lucy and Katy Macgregor and Annie Lush enjoy victory over Finland.

They have now won three and lost two in the round robin stage.

2:53pm

Ben Ainslie registers a third-place finish in the sixth race of the men's Finn class but is again behind Danish rival Jonas Hogh-Christensen.

2:52pm

Finn on last leg with Ben Ainslie now in 3rd on final reach to the line

2:38pm

2:38pm

2:34pm

Windsurfer Bryony Shaw starts her campaign in the women's RS:X with a seventh placed finish.

2:21pm

2:10pm

2:09pm

2:03pm

2:02pm

1:38pm

1:38pm

1:36pm

Nick Dempsey finishes seventh in the second race of the men's RS:X windsurfing.

1:33pm

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson's bid for gold in the men's Star class appears to be firmly on track as they claim another win to extend their overall lead.

 

1:23pm

Disappointment for Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes as they capsize and finish 18th in the fourth race of the men's 49ers.

1:21pm

1:18pm

1:10pm

Ben Ainslie finishes fourth in the Finn class as overall leader Jonas Hogh-Christensen, from Denmark, tightens his grip on the competition with another win.

1:05pm

1:01pm

There are 500 free, secure cycle spaces across Weymouth. They are available at:
Westham Bridge 7am-11pm weekdays, 10am-11pm weekends
Swannery Transport Hub 10am-10pm
The Pier Bandstand 10am-10pm
The Nothe 10am-8pm

1:00pm

Portland's Alison Young puts in another impressive performance as she finishes second in the Laser Radial class but her Irish rival Annalise Murphy leads the field after storming to a third successive victory.

12:57pm

The 2nd men's RS:X race is just a few minutes away

12:56pm

Dorset's William Fox-Pitt and Team GB have just won silver in the eventing!

12:42pm

12:41pm

12:35pm

British pair Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, who had a disappointing day yesterday, also get off to a good start with a third placed finish in the men's 49er.

 

12:34pm

12:34pm

12:34pm

The first result from a busy day on the water sees Weymouth windsurfer Nick Dempsey gets his Olympic campaign underway with a fifth placed finish in the RS:X.

12:33pm

12:26pm

12:25pm

The entertainment on offer at the Bayside Festival tomorrow will include King of the Mat, Black Cats Helicopter Displays and the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Commando Training Centre - with a full orchestra on the main stage.


The festival is running daily until Sunday 12 August and offers all day live music, food courts, more than 50 retail stands and an arts and craft zone featuring up to 20 local artists.


Classic passenger ship, M.V Balmoral will be offering excursions from the Pleasure Pier, within the festival site, providing a perfect platform to view the sailing races. For more information visit www.weymouthbaysidefestival.co.uk

12:19pm

12:17pm

12:17pm

12:15pm

12:11pm

Come to Weymouth! The town is quiet, there are plenty of parking spaces and lots to see and do.

You don't have tio use the park and ride facilities. Drive straight into town and use one of the car parks or on-street parking.

There are spaces all round the town. No need to line the pockets of Olympics organisers by paying expensive park and ride fees.

 

 

12:07pm

12:07pm

Tomorrow’s Olympic sailing action includes the Men’s Laser, Men’s 49er, Women’s Elliot 6m, Women’s Laser Radial and the Men’s and Women’s RS:X races. Races will start from 12 noon onwards and will be shown at he free Beach Live site.

The sailing events will be shown between noon and 6pm and will be followed by other Olympic sports.

The schedule for the Live Site for 1 August is as follows:
• Rowing – 9.30am to 12pm
• Sailing – 12pm to 6pm
• Gymnastics – 4.30pm to 7.35pm
• Swimming – 7.30pm to 9.35pm

12:03pm

11:43am

Top stories in our Olympic section on the website today:

11:32am

Weymouth and Portland will welcome a boat with a difference tomorrow.

The boat which is described as ‘a floating collage of memories’  has been made from more than a thousand pieces of wood donated by members of the public, from highly personal mementoes and family heirlooms to pieces from HMS Victory, the Cutty Sark, and the Mary Rose.

The 30ft vessel has been crafted by a team of professional boat builders and volunteers and provides a living archive of people's stories and lives.


The boat arrives on Weymouth harbour side tomorrow and will be on display at the Sand Jetty on Trinity Road from 11am.

The event is free and is part of the Maritime Mix London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.

11:09am

11:06am

10:27am

10:26am

Here's a guide to the RS:X if you want to learn more!

10:20am

Today Weymouth's Bryony Shaw and Dorset's Nick Dempsey take to the water when the men’s and women’s RS:X windsurfing starts. Sadly this is the last time the windsurfing will be included in the Olympics as it is being dropped in favour of kiteboarding in the 2016 Games in Rio.

10:09am

9:59am

Today's schedule

Nothe: 12pm 1 x Radial; Elliot (Round Robin)

Portland Harbour: 12pm 2 x 49er; 2 x Laser; 1 x Radial

Weymouth Ba West: 12pm 2 x RS:X M; 2 x RS:X W

Weymouth Bay South: 12pm 2 x Finn; 2 x Star

9:46am

Morning all. Get down to the Weymouth Beach Live Site today to see the latest from the sailing as well as a host of other activities.

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9:54am Tue 31 Jul 12

Jello Biafra says...

Get down & instantly double the crowd!
Get down & instantly double the crowd! Jello Biafra
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9:59am Tue 31 Jul 12

Jello Biafra says...

When Chesney sings "I am the one and only" - he'll be spot on!
When Chesney sings "I am the one and only" - he'll be spot on! Jello Biafra
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10:03am Tue 31 Jul 12

Presstostop says...

Many thanks Jello, that made me smile.
Many thanks Jello, that made me smile. Presstostop
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10:07am Tue 31 Jul 12

rjimmer says...

I hope the sailing fraternity, and not the Council Tax-payer, pick up the tab for this fiasco.
I hope the sailing fraternity, and not the Council Tax-payer, pick up the tab for this fiasco. rjimmer
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10:12am Tue 31 Jul 12

Jello Biafra says...

Don't you worry, it's for a cause
Feeding global corporations' claws
Don't you worry, it's for a cause Feeding global corporations' claws Jello Biafra
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11:00am Tue 31 Jul 12

jcrwey says...

How many of the people complaining / moaning on here have actually been down town. Its easy to get into. The Multi-Story, Debenhams and Commercial Road car parks are all open, and there are 500 cycling spaces in town. Many visitors have commented how easy and enjoyable cycling is here!

All the visitors and locals we have spoken to around the town are loving the Olympics and the great atmosphere in the town. There are very few complaints at all. They are saying Weymouth is well organised, efficient and a lovely place to be.

The Live Site was busy yesterday with cheering, clapping and a great atmosphere during the sailing, and has been at 15000 capacity on Friday and Saturday for the events there. The Stone Pier is open where you can watch all the sailing action for free and the Sports Arena has been really busy with people. Jimmy Carr at the Pavilion tonight is nearly a sell out.

There are loads of smaller events going on around the town and along the seafront as part of the Olympics/Maritime Mix/Cultural Olympiad, check out their relevant websites. It is a one off opportunity to get involved. Now it is here and happening, moaning will not help in any way, it will have the reverse effect. There are many, many first time visitors in the town, by giving them a good welcome and enjoyable experience they may return and spend their ££££. Not everything is perfect and mistakes have been made before the olympics and during them but get down town and see for yourself and support the town. Moaning at this stage will achieve nothing. In under 2 weeks it will be over.
How many of the people complaining / moaning on here have actually been down town. Its easy to get into. The Multi-Story, Debenhams and Commercial Road car parks are all open, and there are 500 cycling spaces in town. Many visitors have commented how easy and enjoyable cycling is here! All the visitors and locals we have spoken to around the town are loving the Olympics and the great atmosphere in the town. There are very few complaints at all. They are saying Weymouth is well organised, efficient and a lovely place to be. The Live Site was busy yesterday with cheering, clapping and a great atmosphere during the sailing, and has been at 15000 capacity on Friday and Saturday for the events there. The Stone Pier is open where you can watch all the sailing action for free and the Sports Arena has been really busy with people. Jimmy Carr at the Pavilion tonight is nearly a sell out. There are loads of smaller events going on around the town and along the seafront as part of the Olympics/Maritime Mix/Cultural Olympiad, check out their relevant websites. It is a one off opportunity to get involved. Now it is here and happening, moaning will not help in any way, it will have the reverse effect. There are many, many first time visitors in the town, by giving them a good welcome and enjoyable experience they may return and spend their ££££. Not everything is perfect and mistakes have been made before the olympics and during them but get down town and see for yourself and support the town. Moaning at this stage will achieve nothing. In under 2 weeks it will be over. jcrwey
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11:00am Tue 31 Jul 12

RobinofLocksley says...

A local businessman I know did some research before deciding whether to tender for an olympic contract. He couldn't find out much from China, but info. from Sydney was that the daily visitor numbers increased by no more than 4,000 during the sailing events there. LOCOG and local olympic planners seem to have expected far more than that. Add in the fact that most of the sailing fans that have come are up on The Nothe, and that a lot of the usual holidaymakers have steered well clear (having believed the hype?) and the result is that the town seems rather less crowded than it usually is at this time. It was noticeable that the beach was nearly full the week before the olympics started.
A local businessman I know did some research before deciding whether to tender for an olympic contract. He couldn't find out much from China, but info. from Sydney was that the daily visitor numbers increased by no more than 4,000 during the sailing events there. LOCOG and local olympic planners seem to have expected far more than that. Add in the fact that most of the sailing fans that have come are up on The Nothe, and that a lot of the usual holidaymakers have steered well clear (having believed the hype?) and the result is that the town seems rather less crowded than it usually is at this time. It was noticeable that the beach was nearly full the week before the olympics started. RobinofLocksley
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11:10am Tue 31 Jul 12

jcrwey says...

Yes it has to be said the town does seem quieter than usual at certain times of day, however the weather has also not been great, for example yesterday from 4pm it was very cold and windy on the seafront. Buses though have certainly been busier.

Some positive media about the number of town centre car parks etc that are open would help, and maybe, which I think is now happening less talk of delays etc on road signs.

However the visitors who are here - so many of them are first time visitors. This is apparent from numerous feedback. If we can get these people to come back again, some for example were very impressed with our annual events guide, maybe in the longer term there will be positives.

The town also looks great in places and imagery of this will be able to used well into the future in publicity.
Yes it has to be said the town does seem quieter than usual at certain times of day, however the weather has also not been great, for example yesterday from 4pm it was very cold and windy on the seafront. Buses though have certainly been busier. Some positive media about the number of town centre car parks etc that are open would help, and maybe, which I think is now happening less talk of delays etc on road signs. However the visitors who are here - so many of them are first time visitors. This is apparent from numerous feedback. If we can get these people to come back again, some for example were very impressed with our annual events guide, maybe in the longer term there will be positives. The town also looks great in places and imagery of this will be able to used well into the future in publicity. jcrwey
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11:12am Tue 31 Jul 12

jcrwey says...

People also seem to be really positive about the good organisation and the very good welcome they have received from volunteers, most businesses and the fantastic Pink ambassador team, who have contributed so much just from their welcomes and assistance with visitors, which has to be a great positive out of all of this.
People also seem to be really positive about the good organisation and the very good welcome they have received from volunteers, most businesses and the fantastic Pink ambassador team, who have contributed so much just from their welcomes and assistance with visitors, which has to be a great positive out of all of this. jcrwey
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11:29am Tue 31 Jul 12

vicky-13 says...

jcrwey wrote:
How many of the people complaining / moaning on here have actually been down town. Its easy to get into. The Multi-Story, Debenhams and Commercial Road car parks are all open, and there are 500 cycling spaces in town. Many visitors have commented how easy and enjoyable cycling is here!

All the visitors and locals we have spoken to around the town are loving the Olympics and the great atmosphere in the town. There are very few complaints at all. They are saying Weymouth is well organised, efficient and a lovely place to be.

The Live Site was busy yesterday with cheering, clapping and a great atmosphere during the sailing, and has been at 15000 capacity on Friday and Saturday for the events there. The Stone Pier is open where you can watch all the sailing action for free and the Sports Arena has been really busy with people. Jimmy Carr at the Pavilion tonight is nearly a sell out.

There are loads of smaller events going on around the town and along the seafront as part of the Olympics/Maritime Mix/Cultural Olympiad, check out their relevant websites. It is a one off opportunity to get involved. Now it is here and happening, moaning will not help in any way, it will have the reverse effect. There are many, many first time visitors in the town, by giving them a good welcome and enjoyable experience they may return and spend their ££££. Not everything is perfect and mistakes have been made before the olympics and during them but get down town and see for yourself and support the town. Moaning at this stage will achieve nothing. In under 2 weeks it will be over.
Well said. I for one am loving the buzz about town and am fed up with the negativity shown by some comments above. Having watched the opening ceremony on TV I am proud of what has been achieved both in London, Weymouth and around other venues. Unfortunately I missed the battle of the winds but understand it was spectacular. Let us celebrate, for once, what this country does extremely well and especially Weymouth while we have this once in a lifetime opportunity.
[quote][p][bold]jcrwey[/bold] wrote: How many of the people complaining / moaning on here have actually been down town. Its easy to get into. The Multi-Story, Debenhams and Commercial Road car parks are all open, and there are 500 cycling spaces in town. Many visitors have commented how easy and enjoyable cycling is here! All the visitors and locals we have spoken to around the town are loving the Olympics and the great atmosphere in the town. There are very few complaints at all. They are saying Weymouth is well organised, efficient and a lovely place to be. The Live Site was busy yesterday with cheering, clapping and a great atmosphere during the sailing, and has been at 15000 capacity on Friday and Saturday for the events there. The Stone Pier is open where you can watch all the sailing action for free and the Sports Arena has been really busy with people. Jimmy Carr at the Pavilion tonight is nearly a sell out. There are loads of smaller events going on around the town and along the seafront as part of the Olympics/Maritime Mix/Cultural Olympiad, check out their relevant websites. It is a one off opportunity to get involved. Now it is here and happening, moaning will not help in any way, it will have the reverse effect. There are many, many first time visitors in the town, by giving them a good welcome and enjoyable experience they may return and spend their ££££. Not everything is perfect and mistakes have been made before the olympics and during them but get down town and see for yourself and support the town. Moaning at this stage will achieve nothing. In under 2 weeks it will be over.[/p][/quote]Well said. I for one am loving the buzz about town and am fed up with the negativity shown by some comments above. Having watched the opening ceremony on TV I am proud of what has been achieved both in London, Weymouth and around other venues. Unfortunately I missed the battle of the winds but understand it was spectacular. Let us celebrate, for once, what this country does extremely well and especially Weymouth while we have this once in a lifetime opportunity. vicky-13
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11:53am Tue 31 Jul 12

Jello Biafra says...

I blame Danny Boyle - he's overstepped the mark with his recreation of 28 Days Later
I blame Danny Boyle - he's overstepped the mark with his recreation of 28 Days Later Jello Biafra
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12:29pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Taxpayinglocal says...

is this a joke everytime i check the live beach live webcam its empty!!! Weymouth has made a joke about an event no one cares about. YEs host the olympics but to put us through all what we been through is disgusting and not necessary
is this a joke everytime i check the live beach live webcam its empty!!! Weymouth has made a joke about an event no one cares about. YEs host the olympics but to put us through all what we been through is disgusting and not necessary Taxpayinglocal
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1:16pm Tue 31 Jul 12

ETV says...

No amount of optimism is going to change the fact that Weymouth has been decimated by road works for 18 months at a cost of £16m, local businesses of all kinds have had their livelihoods put at serious risk, and in the end hardly anyone (compared with the estimated 60,000+ per day) has turned up.
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Regardless of wether people adopt the 'spirit of the dambusters' and go out and make the best of it, the Olympics for Weymouth and Portland has been a financial disaster for many.
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The above is not moaning or negativity, it is simply stating the cold facts of the situation. It is simply the truth.
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Time for everyone to admit that the Emperor is in the altogether.
No amount of optimism is going to change the fact that Weymouth has been decimated by road works for 18 months at a cost of £16m, local businesses of all kinds have had their livelihoods put at serious risk, and in the end hardly anyone (compared with the estimated 60,000+ per day) has turned up. . Regardless of wether people adopt the 'spirit of the dambusters' and go out and make the best of it, the Olympics for Weymouth and Portland has been a financial disaster for many. . The above is not moaning or negativity, it is simply stating the cold facts of the situation. It is simply the truth. . Time for everyone to admit that the Emperor is in the altogether. ETV
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1:36pm Tue 31 Jul 12

rjimmer says...

Geese and Golden Eggs come to mind!
Geese and Golden Eggs come to mind! rjimmer
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1:36pm Tue 31 Jul 12

rjimmer says...

Geese and Golden Eggs come to mind!
Geese and Golden Eggs come to mind! rjimmer
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8:34pm Tue 31 Jul 12

davecook says...

ETV wrote:
No amount of optimism is going to change the fact that Weymouth has been decimated by road works for 18 months at a cost of £16m, local businesses of all kinds have had their livelihoods put at serious risk, and in the end hardly anyone (compared with the estimated 60,000+ per day) has turned up.
.
Regardless of wether people adopt the 'spirit of the dambusters' and go out and make the best of it, the Olympics for Weymouth and Portland has been a financial disaster for many.
.
The above is not moaning or negativity, it is simply stating the cold facts of the situation. It is simply the truth.
.
Time for everyone to admit that the Emperor is in the altogether.
I visited Weymouth by chance. I was going to visit Abbotsbury, saw how quiet the roads down to Weymouth were, and drove down to the town and ended up watching the Olympics on the beach. The problem that I see is when you bought tickets, there was nobody asking you how you were going to travel to the events anywhere, and people were told to use the trains (this would be great for me but my station was closed in 1966 and the lines ripped up). SouthWest trains then said they could not cope, use the roads (they had been given no idea of how many people with tickets lived near railway stations), and so in the end, nobody had a clue how anyone was really going to travel. That to me was the basic problem. Add to that the dramatic increases in prices of accommodation as people cashed in, newspaper reports everywhere seemingly making out how everybody was going to make a killing (out of people like me), and you have the potential for many people to be put off, particularly when you get stories about how little you can take in to the venue, and the cost of drinks and food in the venues once you have arrived on a scorching day with just 100mm of drink to see you through. The good thing is how great Weymouth and Portland look on television going out round the world. Those businesses that do not go bust now might yet make some money in years to come as foreign visitors trickle in to see the lovely empty place they saw during the sailing events. Fingers crossed.
[quote][p][bold]ETV[/bold] wrote: No amount of optimism is going to change the fact that Weymouth has been decimated by road works for 18 months at a cost of £16m, local businesses of all kinds have had their livelihoods put at serious risk, and in the end hardly anyone (compared with the estimated 60,000+ per day) has turned up. . Regardless of wether people adopt the 'spirit of the dambusters' and go out and make the best of it, the Olympics for Weymouth and Portland has been a financial disaster for many. . The above is not moaning or negativity, it is simply stating the cold facts of the situation. It is simply the truth. . Time for everyone to admit that the Emperor is in the altogether.[/p][/quote]I visited Weymouth by chance. I was going to visit Abbotsbury, saw how quiet the roads down to Weymouth were, and drove down to the town and ended up watching the Olympics on the beach. The problem that I see is when you bought tickets, there was nobody asking you how you were going to travel to the events anywhere, and people were told to use the trains (this would be great for me but my station was closed in 1966 and the lines ripped up). SouthWest trains then said they could not cope, use the roads (they had been given no idea of how many people with tickets lived near railway stations), and so in the end, nobody had a clue how anyone was really going to travel. That to me was the basic problem. Add to that the dramatic increases in prices of accommodation as people cashed in, newspaper reports everywhere seemingly making out how everybody was going to make a killing (out of people like me), and you have the potential for many people to be put off, particularly when you get stories about how little you can take in to the venue, and the cost of drinks and food in the venues once you have arrived on a scorching day with just 100mm of drink to see you through. The good thing is how great Weymouth and Portland look on television going out round the world. Those businesses that do not go bust now might yet make some money in years to come as foreign visitors trickle in to see the lovely empty place they saw during the sailing events. Fingers crossed. davecook
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8:43am Wed 1 Aug 12

JamesYoung says...

davecook wrote:
ETV wrote:
No amount of optimism is going to change the fact that Weymouth has been decimated by road works for 18 months at a cost of £16m, local businesses of all kinds have had their livelihoods put at serious risk, and in the end hardly anyone (compared with the estimated 60,000+ per day) has turned up.
.
Regardless of wether people adopt the 'spirit of the dambusters' and go out and make the best of it, the Olympics for Weymouth and Portland has been a financial disaster for many.
.
The above is not moaning or negativity, it is simply stating the cold facts of the situation. It is simply the truth.
.
Time for everyone to admit that the Emperor is in the altogether.
I visited Weymouth by chance. I was going to visit Abbotsbury, saw how quiet the roads down to Weymouth were, and drove down to the town and ended up watching the Olympics on the beach. The problem that I see is when you bought tickets, there was nobody asking you how you were going to travel to the events anywhere, and people were told to use the trains (this would be great for me but my station was closed in 1966 and the lines ripped up). SouthWest trains then said they could not cope, use the roads (they had been given no idea of how many people with tickets lived near railway stations), and so in the end, nobody had a clue how anyone was really going to travel. That to me was the basic problem. Add to that the dramatic increases in prices of accommodation as people cashed in, newspaper reports everywhere seemingly making out how everybody was going to make a killing (out of people like me), and you have the potential for many people to be put off, particularly when you get stories about how little you can take in to the venue, and the cost of drinks and food in the venues once you have arrived on a scorching day with just 100mm of drink to see you through. The good thing is how great Weymouth and Portland look on television going out round the world. Those businesses that do not go bust now might yet make some money in years to come as foreign visitors trickle in to see the lovely empty place they saw during the sailing events. Fingers crossed.
I'm glad you enjoyed the trip Dave. The flaw, though, is that plenty of research has shown that the so called long tail effect - people visiting in future years - has been shown to be vastly overstated. And here is why. Can you name which town held the sailing events for the Sydney Olympics? How about the Beijing Olympics?
[quote][p][bold]davecook[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ETV[/bold] wrote: No amount of optimism is going to change the fact that Weymouth has been decimated by road works for 18 months at a cost of £16m, local businesses of all kinds have had their livelihoods put at serious risk, and in the end hardly anyone (compared with the estimated 60,000+ per day) has turned up. . Regardless of wether people adopt the 'spirit of the dambusters' and go out and make the best of it, the Olympics for Weymouth and Portland has been a financial disaster for many. . The above is not moaning or negativity, it is simply stating the cold facts of the situation. It is simply the truth. . Time for everyone to admit that the Emperor is in the altogether.[/p][/quote]I visited Weymouth by chance. I was going to visit Abbotsbury, saw how quiet the roads down to Weymouth were, and drove down to the town and ended up watching the Olympics on the beach. The problem that I see is when you bought tickets, there was nobody asking you how you were going to travel to the events anywhere, and people were told to use the trains (this would be great for me but my station was closed in 1966 and the lines ripped up). SouthWest trains then said they could not cope, use the roads (they had been given no idea of how many people with tickets lived near railway stations), and so in the end, nobody had a clue how anyone was really going to travel. That to me was the basic problem. Add to that the dramatic increases in prices of accommodation as people cashed in, newspaper reports everywhere seemingly making out how everybody was going to make a killing (out of people like me), and you have the potential for many people to be put off, particularly when you get stories about how little you can take in to the venue, and the cost of drinks and food in the venues once you have arrived on a scorching day with just 100mm of drink to see you through. The good thing is how great Weymouth and Portland look on television going out round the world. Those businesses that do not go bust now might yet make some money in years to come as foreign visitors trickle in to see the lovely empty place they saw during the sailing events. Fingers crossed.[/p][/quote]I'm glad you enjoyed the trip Dave. The flaw, though, is that plenty of research has shown that the so called long tail effect - people visiting in future years - has been shown to be vastly overstated. And here is why. Can you name which town held the sailing events for the Sydney Olympics? How about the Beijing Olympics? JamesYoung
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9:54am Wed 1 Aug 12

satisfecho says...

JamesYoung wrote:
davecook wrote:
ETV wrote:
No amount of optimism is going to change the fact that Weymouth has been decimated by road works for 18 months at a cost of £16m, local businesses of all kinds have had their livelihoods put at serious risk, and in the end hardly anyone (compared with the estimated 60,000+ per day) has turned up.
.
Regardless of wether people adopt the 'spirit of the dambusters' and go out and make the best of it, the Olympics for Weymouth and Portland has been a financial disaster for many.
.
The above is not moaning or negativity, it is simply stating the cold facts of the situation. It is simply the truth.
.
Time for everyone to admit that the Emperor is in the altogether.
I visited Weymouth by chance. I was going to visit Abbotsbury, saw how quiet the roads down to Weymouth were, and drove down to the town and ended up watching the Olympics on the beach. The problem that I see is when you bought tickets, there was nobody asking you how you were going to travel to the events anywhere, and people were told to use the trains (this would be great for me but my station was closed in 1966 and the lines ripped up). SouthWest trains then said they could not cope, use the roads (they had been given no idea of how many people with tickets lived near railway stations), and so in the end, nobody had a clue how anyone was really going to travel. That to me was the basic problem. Add to that the dramatic increases in prices of accommodation as people cashed in, newspaper reports everywhere seemingly making out how everybody was going to make a killing (out of people like me), and you have the potential for many people to be put off, particularly when you get stories about how little you can take in to the venue, and the cost of drinks and food in the venues once you have arrived on a scorching day with just 100mm of drink to see you through. The good thing is how great Weymouth and Portland look on television going out round the world. Those businesses that do not go bust now might yet make some money in years to come as foreign visitors trickle in to see the lovely empty place they saw during the sailing events. Fingers crossed.
I'm glad you enjoyed the trip Dave. The flaw, though, is that plenty of research has shown that the so called long tail effect - people visiting in future years - has been shown to be vastly overstated. And here is why. Can you name which town held the sailing events for the Sydney Olympics? How about the Beijing Olympics?
Beijing, Qingdao Bay

Sydney, Rushcutters Bay

And to help feed your obsession more, the full list is here!

http://en.wikipedia.
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[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davecook[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ETV[/bold] wrote: No amount of optimism is going to change the fact that Weymouth has been decimated by road works for 18 months at a cost of £16m, local businesses of all kinds have had their livelihoods put at serious risk, and in the end hardly anyone (compared with the estimated 60,000+ per day) has turned up. . Regardless of wether people adopt the 'spirit of the dambusters' and go out and make the best of it, the Olympics for Weymouth and Portland has been a financial disaster for many. . The above is not moaning or negativity, it is simply stating the cold facts of the situation. It is simply the truth. . Time for everyone to admit that the Emperor is in the altogether.[/p][/quote]I visited Weymouth by chance. I was going to visit Abbotsbury, saw how quiet the roads down to Weymouth were, and drove down to the town and ended up watching the Olympics on the beach. The problem that I see is when you bought tickets, there was nobody asking you how you were going to travel to the events anywhere, and people were told to use the trains (this would be great for me but my station was closed in 1966 and the lines ripped up). SouthWest trains then said they could not cope, use the roads (they had been given no idea of how many people with tickets lived near railway stations), and so in the end, nobody had a clue how anyone was really going to travel. That to me was the basic problem. Add to that the dramatic increases in prices of accommodation as people cashed in, newspaper reports everywhere seemingly making out how everybody was going to make a killing (out of people like me), and you have the potential for many people to be put off, particularly when you get stories about how little you can take in to the venue, and the cost of drinks and food in the venues once you have arrived on a scorching day with just 100mm of drink to see you through. The good thing is how great Weymouth and Portland look on television going out round the world. Those businesses that do not go bust now might yet make some money in years to come as foreign visitors trickle in to see the lovely empty place they saw during the sailing events. Fingers crossed.[/p][/quote]I'm glad you enjoyed the trip Dave. The flaw, though, is that plenty of research has shown that the so called long tail effect - people visiting in future years - has been shown to be vastly overstated. And here is why. Can you name which town held the sailing events for the Sydney Olympics? How about the Beijing Olympics?[/p][/quote]Beijing, Qingdao Bay Sydney, Rushcutters Bay And to help feed your obsession more, the full list is here! http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/List_of_Oly mpic_venues_in_saili ng satisfecho
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