Lyme Regis is a small seaside town on the border of Dorset and Devon. It is a popular holiday destination offering plenty of accommodation, shops, pubs and restaurants which line the narrow streets. A large sandy beach looks out on the open waters of the English Channel where the championship racing will take place.
The harbour wall which protects the moorings and dinghy launching from the prevailing SW winds is called The Cobb, made famous in Jane Austin’s Persuasion and the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
The surrounding cliffs and beaches are famous for the fossils they contain. This World Heritage Site is constantly offering up fresh fossil finds as the soft limestone erodes into the sea. Fossil hunting is a popular activity for young and old alike.
An aquarium and a dinosaur museum can be visited locally.
Nearby is the Abbotsbury Swannery, the Cerne Giant, the Iron Age fort of Maiden Castle, the historic houses of Mapperton and Athelhampton.