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A new webcam will beam medal ceremonies and live racing to the world - and is enabling sailors to check the weather conditions before they set off for Portland. The webcam - which has been sited at the Weymouth and Portland National sailing Academy - can be moved to take in Portland Harbour, or the Academy itself. This means people will be able to view all the happenings at RS:X Windsurf World Championship from 3-11 September  and the Sail for Gold event from 14-19 September and at every major event including the 2012 Olympic sailing events. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council's officers have trained Academy staff to move the webcam, so that people logging on to www.weymouth.gov.uk can see the most interesting view. The webcam has been funded by the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), and will be maintained by the Academy after being set up by the Borough Council.

Councillor Howard Legg, brief holder for Special Projects at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: "This webcam fulfils part of our borough's ambition to become a Destination for Marine Excellence.  Embracing new technology is a crucial aspect to our hosting of the sailing events for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and we are delighted to have secured the equipment with the help of SWRDA funding.  The webcam will open up Portland Harbour's waters to a versatile and global audience, from windsurfers wanting to check sea conditions before they travel, to spectators of championship sailing events and general leisure users. This facility will complement the availability of current weather data online so that everyone can see conditions for themselves."

Chris Knight, Business Manager at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, said: "The new webcam at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is the perfect addition to the venue.  We run a large number of international events on site and the new technology will allow spectators from around the world to watch all of the action online.  Our aim is to involve both local and long distance supporters so that everyone has the chance to experience live events."

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