Kite surfers on November 6th in Weymouth Bay

A fresh breeze brings out the water sports enthusiasts

In a fresh southerly breeze, dozens of kite surfers demonstrated their skills off Weymouth Beach yesterday (6th November 2020). While a little challenging for we armchair sportspeople, the fine conditions yesterday enabled the more active among us to partake in excellent lockdown exercise.

The sport has been popular for some time locally, with a number of clubs and training academies (Weymouth and Portland Kite Surfing Club, Yumping.UK, Paracademyextreme.co.uk and Kiteaddicts, among others). For us spectators, it provides plenty of entertainment, especially during lockdown. We spotted some surfers soaring many yards into the sky. (But were not very successful capturing these moments in our video – sorry!)

Stand Up Paddleboarding

On Weymouth Beach

Stand up paddleboarding has become a fast-growing popular pastime around Weymouth. The sport offers fitness, sea views, fresh air and fun in equal measure. Numerous clubs have sprung up and lessons are available on Weymouth Beach, at Bowleze Cove, Portland Harbour, among others. Even our neighbours join in, bridging the gap from beginner to intermediate level. A prime advantage for them is they live just 30 yards from the beach, like us. I tried my hand at it but my wife said it was like watching a breaching whale! The nephews are good at it, though.

Lessons for Stand up Paddleboarding in front of Aaran Guesthouse

Some useful links for Stand Up Paddleboarding clubs and lessons

Santa Christmas Run on Weymouth Beach 2019

Hundreds of Santas, Fairies and Elves chase Pudding along the Beach – (Archive photos)

This year, the annual Chase the Pudding event (Santa Christmas Run) took place on the 15th of December. It followed the usual route from the Pavilion to the Bandstand Pier and back, along the Beach. However, in a novel departure, there was a Mrs Pudding to run alongside Mr Pudding, as the Santa hordes gave chase. Many spectators viewed the proceedings from the Esplanade.

The Santa Christmas Run Charity this year was the Will Mackanness Trust, in aid of watersports provision for local youngsters. We believe there was a record entry this year, with over 300 Santas, Elves, Reindeer and Fairies chasing the Puddings. As usual, the winner becomes next year’s pudding> We are now looking forward to the annual Christmas Day Swim in Weymouth Harbour. Further ahead, there is the Beach Volleyball Classic in somewhat warmer weather, among other events almost every week.

Iron Man 70.3 Weymouth 2019

The Weymouth 70.3 Iron Man event is the biggest and most popular in the UK. This year, 2,690 entrants took part in somewhat indifferent weather conditions. Early wind and rain caused the swimming section to be delayed till 7:25am and the course was shortened, because of the choppy water. The bike race and road race sections were not affected. George Goodwin won the men’s race, in a time of 3 hours 44 minutes and 2 seconds (although the official time awarded was two seconds longer – for unknown reasons). The ladies race was won, again, by India Lee. Thousands of spectators braved the showery weather to watch and applaud competitors as they came home, along the Esplanade. Once again, the finish line was just 50 yards from Aaran Guesthouse on the Pavilion forecourt. So many events in Weymouth and most of them visible just yards from our doorstep. (See our YouTube Channel for other videos)

 

Weymouth Classic Beach Volleyball – UKBT – July 2019

The UKBT Classic Beach Volleyball competition took place this year from 24th to 27th July, on the main beach, just yards from Aaran Guesthouse along The Esplanade. Despite being snowed under with guests at this time of year, we were able to dash out and grab a few photographs of the proceedings. (We publish this on 18th September – that’s how busy it has been!)

Information from http://www.weymouthbeachvolleyball.co.uk/classic-2/event-details/ tells us that Weymouth hosted the first ever British Beach Volleyball event back in 1983 and has hosted the Classic ever since (more data can be found by clicking the link above). (See our YouTube Channel for related videos).

There was music all day and hundreds of spectators were seated at the grandstand, constructed on the Beach. Local sponsors were Domvs (estate agents). Thousands of people watched (free) as the centre court and outside games continued. Weymouth is probably the best place to see this premier UK sporting competition, with added advantages of plenty of delghtful smal guesthouses and, equally important, great pubs and restaurants, immediately nearby.

Cornish Pilot Gig Boat Racing demo on Weymouth Beach

Cornish Pilot Gig racing has become a popular sport recently. Gig racing clubs have sprung up all over Dorset and the South West since around 2000. On Saturday, we saw 19 Gig boats from towns along the Jurassic Coast taking part in demonstration races, with casual and team competitors of all ages. The boats launched from the Beach, with most spectators viewing from the Esplanade.

In addition to the gig races, there were numerous other events taking place around Weymouth. These included separate live music venues at the Town Bridge and across the Harbour in Hope Square. There were numerous stalls along the Harbourside on the South Bank as well as Celebration of the US Memorial Day on the Esplanade. There was a funfair on the Pavilion Forecourt and Fireworks in the evening to celebrate the new Town Council. We are now looking forward to the Classic Beach Volleyball Tournament in a few weeks time.

Bright for Sight fun run – Saturday night 13th April 2019

Bright for Sight run has previously been held on Boscombe Beach in Bournemouth and now, they have come to Weymouth. Our first such fun run was held on Saturday night, starting at 8:30pm, alongside the Pavilion Theatre, and along The Esplanade. We strolled across the 50 yards or so to watch the start. Runners were dressed in bright colours and wore flashing lights, wherever they could.

The event was sponsored by Frith’s Opticians and raised over £1300 for Charity. A number of local businesses contributed and individual runners also raised sponsorship money. There were two distances, 5 km and 10 km. We hope this run will be back again soon and become a regular event on the Weymouth calendar.

Weymouth Half-marathon 17th March 2019

The Weymouth Half Marathon race, organised by Just Racing, took place on Sunday, 17th March this year. Up to 1500 competitors took part with results currently recorded up to 890. The race is considered to be a launchpad for the London Marathon so has become very popular. Weymouth is fast becoming a mecca for fun runs and marathon events.

The race started at 9:00 am from the Weymouth Pavilion forecourt, just 50 yards away and carried on along the sea-front to Preston Beach and back. Runners finished back on the Forecourt, a short stroll from our front door. About 500 people gathered to watch in bright sunshine, although a few clouds headed in later. There was a light breeze but race times were very competitive. The winning time was 1 hour, 12 minutes and 53 seconds, by Jacek Cieluszecki. He was followed just 38 seconds later by Jo Corbett and Matt Papa.

Bonfire Night fireworks on Weymouth Beach – 2018

Bonfire Night Fireworks in Weymouth Bay

Bonfire Night fireworks have been a continuing tradition in Weymouth for many years. The bonfire was lit at 7:20pm. Aamazingly, next morning the remains were collected by Weymouth Council for reuse (as far as possible). The fireworks started at 7:45pm. The small pilot boat was the centre of about 15 minutes of fiery and sparkly mayhem as the fireworks lit up the clear night sky.

About 10,000 people on the Esplanade watched the display with many also enjoying the chips and drinks available from several stalls along the Esplanade. Many others watched from sea-facing rooms in their guesthouses. We filmed a few short clips from our front doorstep – overlooking the whole Bay and all the pyrotechnics. The massive bonfire itself was just 100 yards away along the Beach.

As in previous years, the event was free . It is just one of the host of great events to be seen from any of the lovely little sea front hotels and guesthouses on Weymouth’s Esplanade. (See https://www.whgla.org.uk for Guesthouse details)

Beach Motocross, Weymouth, Sunday 28th October 2018

Beach Motocross – Weymouth – 28th October 2018

Lions Club Beach Motocross

Intermediate riders heading for the Beach straight

Intermediate riders heading for the Beach straight

Riders passing the Sandworld display area

Riders sculpting sand their won way

Riders sculpting sand their won way

Junior riders nearing lap completion

Junior motocross riders nearing lap completion

Junior motocross riders nearing lap completion

The view from our rooms –

Weymouth Lions Club organised the annual Beach Motocross race on 28th October this year. The weather was a little colder and windier than the Beach Volleyball a couple of months earlier, so we elected to view the race from our guest room 1, above the crowds lining the Esplanade. (See our YouTube Channel for previous images and videos).   Soon, we shall see the annual Chase the Pudding event, where 100’s of Santas, Elves and Fairies line up to catch the Pudding for Charity.

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Several thousand spectators braved the chill to watch a record 364 competitors take part in races for Seniors, Experts, Intermediate and Junior riders. There were countless thrills and spills. Many fallen riders jumped back on thier machines only to fall of at the next jump. It was mayhem but out of the chaos great skills emerged and some well-deserved winners thrilled the watching crowds. (For results and more detailed information – see http://www.amca.uk.com/motocross/motocross-reports-results/2428-2018-amca-weymouth-beach-moto-cross?mylaps=type,run,runid,5160932 .

The event raised £1800 for Weymouth and Portland Lions Club and an estimated 20,000 visitors watched the races – FREE ! We would also like to add our congratulations to regular Weymouth commentator, Paul Hardy, on his well-deserved retirement.

(For previous years, check out our earlier post – https://www.aaranhouse.co.uk/beach-motocross/