Our Story. So Far
About OTC: Mission Statement
“The OTC UK is in business to showcase boardsports on one of the most prominent marine leisure arenas in the UK. In addition to offering clients the first real opportunity to try and compare equipment from a wide variety of brands for themselves, the centre has an affiliated school to teach the respective watersports at every level.
“Our purpose-built facilities will also enable clients to try before they buy, to ensure the kit that they ultimately choose is right for their needs. The tuition and guidance provided has the main focus to ensure safe and enjoyable progression on the water for all clients, encouraging regular participation, even through the winter months.”
Weymouth & Portland
Weymouth and Portland have a great deal to shout about, from the only World Heritage Coastline in the UK with breath-taking coastal paths, to vast sheltered family beaches … and a whole host of activities to keep the most energetic visitor coming back for more. A short trip from London, Portland Harbour played host to the sailing classes of the 2012 Olympic Games, and is sure to provide a lasting legacy for the area for many years to come.
This is what Weymouth Tourist Centre have to say: “The Classic Seaside Resort of Weymouth, with its fantastic beach and vibrant harbour, nestles perfectly alongside the rugged ‘Isle’ of Portland, the perfect place for visitors who just want to get away from it all. With plenty of places to eat and drink, and all year round events, attractions and activities there’s something for everyone. Isn’t it time you discovered Weymouth and Portland … the Natural Place to be!” Click here to be redirected to their homepage.
The OTC Concept
The Official Test Centre is the brainchild of Tris Best, who, acknowledging the privileged position he was in, testing all the latest windsurfing equipment in favourable conditions, wanted to extend the same opportunity to everyone.
With more disciplines and brands appearing every year, the range of boards and sails available on the market has become overwhelming for many, making the decision on which board or sail to buy very complicated and confusing.
Tests and reviews of windsurf kit go a long way to clarifying the situation, but ultimately there is no substitute for trying the equipment for yourself.
You can test-drive a car before you decide to invest; you try clothes on to check they fit…you even smell a perfume or aftershave to see if it suits. Well now, at long last, the same opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ is available for windsurfers.
Home to Pro Clinics
The OTC Team
Providing an inexhaustible source of advice, not to mention a tireless amount of enthusiasm to inspire you on the water, the OTC team is a highly professional outfit dedicated to ensure your visit to us is both enjoyable and fulfilling.
An Elite Team
One of the great things about being right next to the water’s edge is our capacity to provide the ideal training arena and support for a team of inspiring riders. They are all fantastic ambassadors for the sport; all super approachable and simply love to talk windsurfing ‘until the cows come home’. We couldn’t ask for a greater bunch of riders to be associated with, and are incredibly proud of their ever mounting list of achievements in the sport.
Make it a Long Weekend
Here are a number of accommodation suggestions that lie close to the centre.
How to Get Here
Portland and the National Sailing Academy are very well connected to the various transport networks.