Dinghy Racing

There is all year round dinghy racing at SYC with competitor levels from beginners to national champions

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Dinghy Cruising

There is a dinghy cruising section at SYC with organised cruises on the beautiful Exe Estuary and sometimes a little further.

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There is yacht sailing at SYC with members sailing small and medium cruisers and multi-hulls with moorings both all-tide and semi drying.

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There is a very active junior sailing section at SYC with up to 90 children at the summer Friday night sessions and the famous Roadford weekend session

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Social events

SYC has social events throughout the year including an annual dinner dance, fitting out and laying up suppers

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And more...

Activities aren't limited to sailing. With newer SYC activities such as kayaking and canoeing it means there's something for everyone!

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Welcome To Starcross Yacht Club

Starcross Yacht Club is reputed to be one of the oldest sailing clubs in the British Isles, having been loosely formed to organise a sailing regatta all the way back in 1772. However, it is now a thoroughly go-ahead, modern and informal family club devoted to the pursuit of small boat sailing.  Originally situated in Starcross village, since 1957 the club has been based at our present location at Powderham Point on the west bank of the Exe Estuary, where we have all the facilities expected by keen sailors. There are excellent changing rooms and showers, plus launching and berthing facilities for sailing dinghies and catamarans.

Whilst our site is secluded, private and relatively secure, including our own car park, perhaps the main advantage of the location is that it fronts a picturesque, quiet and uncluttered wide stretch of the Estuary where excellent sailing can be enjoyed, whether it be full-on competitive racing or quiet cruising.

The Club operates all year round. During the winter months, we welcome members of other clubs to race in our winter and frostbite series. Whilst primarily a dinghy and catamaran club, we do have a fair number of members who own small sailing cruisers which occupy moorings off the Club, and facilities are provided to these members for the storage of tenders and outboard motors. There is no waiting list for membership so we welcome inquiries. Better still, why not pay us a visit on a race day and experience the vibrant and friendly atmosphere for yourself. For further information about joining Starcross Yacht Club, please see the membership applications page. 

SYC Latest News

  • A Stitch in Time…

    … can you help please? Graham Buxton-Smith, our Rear Commodore (External), is looking for a team (probably of retired Club members as it's in working hours) willing to undertake an emergency
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  • RS200s battle it out at breezy SYC

    RS200s battle it out at breezy SYC

    RS200 SW Ugly Tour Open Meeting at SYC Adapted from an article by Pete Vincent Round 5 of the 2ndhanddinghies RS200 Ugly Tour, and the action moved to the Exe
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  • Busy Weekend September 10th, 11th, 12th

    Saturday: Free Sailing, Kayaks and Barbecue Starcross was at its best this weekend with fantastic free sailing, trying a kayak out and a barbecue. Great organising by Eleanor Thomas (Kayak
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  • Fowey Regatta

    Fowey Regatta

    So a second regatta this year for the SYC Devon Racing Team. This time the event was Fowey Race Week rather than the sunny waters of southern Turkey.James Bowman, Michael
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  • Jim Vallis Memorial Dinghy Cruise

    We were blessed with a fine day and moderate winds for the Jim Vallis Memorial Cruise on Saturday 6th August. It was really pleasing to welcome 10 members of Jim's
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  • Free Sailing and Kayaking Saturday August 13th

    Here's some great photos from Keith Wheatley of the free sailing (and kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding...) at SYC on Saturday 13th August.

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      • Free Sailing and Commodore's Barbecue

        Lovely afternoon and evening on the estuary!   Warm sunshine and a gentle breeze ensured a good turnout, all supervised by Matt Holmes from the Racebox.
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      • Commodore's Cruise

        A small fleet of 17 dinghies took to the estuary for the Annual Commodore's Cruise on Saturday. With the tide ebbing and the light breeze on the nose the fleet
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      • Mystery Dinghy Cruise

        The Mystery Dinghy Cruise took place on Wednesday 13th July with 7 boats setting off for Great Bull Hill sandbank at the Southern end of the Estuary.
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