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Olympics remembered with a Festival of Sport

Volleyball on Weymouth beach Credit: ITV News West Country

A festival of sport gets underway in Dorset this weekend, exactly a year after the Olympics.

It's on the beach in Weymouth and will include a volleyball championship and a chance to try things like kayaking and paddle boarding.

Last summer, an Olympic inspired sporting arena was one of the most popular attractions as Weymouth and Portland hosted the sailing competition.

First relaunched Weymouth ferry sails Channel today

A Condor ferry off Dorset. Credit: PA

The Condor Ferry service between Weymouth and the Channel Islands relaunches today. Ferries have been diverted to Poole for the last 17 months since a harbour wall collapsed. Repairs have cost nearly £4.5 million.

Over 350 passengers have booked their place on the first ferry to the Channel Islands which leaves later this morning.

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Weymouth to Channel Islands Ferry relaunches tomorrow

The Condor Ferry service relaunches tomorrow morning Credit: PA Wire

The Condor Ferry service between Weymouth and the Channel Islands relaunches tomorrow after being out of service for nearly a year and a half.

Ferries have been diverted to Poole over the last 17 months after a harbour wall collapsed in Weymouth last Feburary. It has cost Weymouth and Portland Borough Council nearly £4.5m to rebuild.

Over 350 passengers have booked their place on the first ferry to the Channel Islands which leaves in the morning.

Seafood Festival returns to Dorset

The Dorset Seafood Festival, now in its 6th year, returns to Weymouth Harbour this weekend.

The event will feature chef demonstrations and over 90 stalls.

This year the festival is also raising money for The Fisherman's Mission, a charity which provides fisherman emergency support as well as emotional and practical care.

Scorching South West

Britain is expected to bask in the hottest temperatures of the year this weekend as the country prepares for a long spell of sweltering weather.

Forecasters say temperatures will be much hotter than the July average, with highs across the South West in the high 20s. The last time we enjoyed a long spell of warm July weather was in 2006.

Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports:

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Travellers take over Weymouth Park & Ride

The travellers have set up camp at the Park and Ride but say they won't be there long Credit: ITV News West Country

A group of travellers has set up camp at the park and ride site on the edge of Weymouth. It's the fourth time in a year that members of the travelling community have stopped there. The group says it expects to leave later this week and has promised to keep the site clean.

Sail For Gold regatta

Sail For Gold has attracted nearly 200 entries from around the world Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The first big sailing regatta held in Dorset since the Olympics is underway. Sail For Gold has attracted nearly 200 entries from around the world. It's running at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy until Thursday.

New Olympic classes are competing for the first time. Organisers hope the competition will grow as we head towards the Games in Rio in 2016.

Charity rowers rescued from Channel

A former army sergeant and his brother who set off from Dorset yesterday have been rescued from a 36-hour non-stop rowing challenge across the English Channel by the RNLI.

Nick Townsend decided to row 120 miles across the Channel with brother Jason Rice to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The brothers set off on their charity row at 6am on Thursday from Weymouth and hoped to reach St Helier in Jersey on Sunday. They were rescued off the coast of Alderney on Friday after strong winds and technical problems.

The brothers had rowed 90 miles in 28 hours in their world record attempt.

Shortly after leaving Weymouth when a cable snapped off the mast which held their light and radio aerial. This left them enduring six-foot waves in total darkness. Also, strong winds made caused them to be blown off course.

Mr Rice said they've not ruled out a future attempt.

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