The journey to the Olympics is nearly over, the London Games begin this Friday.
But long before our capital city found out it would host them, it was suggested Weymouth and Portland would be ideal for the sailing competition.
In the years since then much has been done to prepare for the games. The Sailing Academy has expanded and hosted some of the biggest regattas in the world.
It's sometimes hard to remember that this whole place grew out of an abandoned Navy base.
Work on improving the Sailing Academy had actually started before the 2005 Olympic announcement.
In 2003 it was just a grotty building and a muddy slipway.
By 2004 work was well underway on the replacement. It was opened by Princess Anne who, some seven years before the London games, declared it the best Olympic venue she had visited.
– Princess Anne, speaking at the opening of the National Sailing Academy in 2005.
The combination of the shore side facilities and the quality of the local waters are absolutely unique and will provide an opportunity for Olympic sailing that they haven't had anywhere else.
In 2008, the Olympic flag was passed from Beijing to Weymouth and Portland and our local sailors returned with three gold medals and bronze to a heroes' welcome.
For the last four years our sailors have been on the water training hard. Their moment is just around the corner.
Our Dorset Correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has followed developments as the area has transformed into an Olympic venue. Watch the full report below.