After picking up the new anchor in Poole, we started sailing west along the Jurassic Coast to Portland. The weather was still a little cool but the white lime cliffs shimmered in the beautiful sun. There was almost no wind so we had to motor against a strong tide but the sea was calm. Around 3:00pm we entered the mouth of the River Wey to the town of Weymouth were we docked in front of the Harbor Master office. Weymouth is a busy fishing harbour surrounded by a pretty town while if you walk north you find a very long and wide beach curving around the Portland Outer Harbour. Weymouth and next door Portland are the sailing venues for the 2012 London Olympics and the locals are getting ready for the influx of visitors and sailors starting in July. Luckily we had an opportunity to stay here now since it will be impossible when the Olympics start.
After two nights there, we moved again to Dartmouth at the River Dart. Are you getting the idea of how they name their cities on the rivers? It was a very beautiful area with the town rolling down to the river from the hills. We stayed three nights, partly because we enjoyed the area but also because we needed to check with a canvas shop to see if they could fix our bimini. Early Monday it turned out they could not help us so we slipped the mooring and sailed to Plymouth.