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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There is training available for members throughout the year whether you are new to sailing or looking to develop more advanced seamanship or racing skills.

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And more...

Activities aren't limited to sailing. Kayaking, canoeing, cycling and a calendar of social events all mean 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

  • Message from the Commodore

    Message from the Commodore

    Dear Members Although it is very difficult for all of us who enjoy the fabulous facility we have at Starcross Yacht Club and our chosen water sport there, we had
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  • Starcross Steamer: Thank You to John Donovan

    Starcross Steamer: Thank You to John Donovan

    The Starcross Steamer, a winter-months 2½-hour pursuit race for monohulls, has become one of the classic British open sailing events, drawing competitors from the length and breadth of Britain. In
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  • Container Work Party Progress Report

    Container Work Party Progress Report

    Thank you to all members who volunteered for the work parties on Saturday 8, Tuesday 11 and Saturday 22 February Work party for 15 February was cancelled (see below) Preparation
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  • Firefly leads Steamer until Final Moments

    Firefly leads Steamer until Final Moments

    The thirtieth Exe Sails and Covers Starcross Steamer was held on Sunday 19th January. This was also the 5th race in the 10-race Sailing Southwest series where competitors compete in
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  • After the Steamer

    After the Steamer

    What a great day we had yesterday, with weather and turnout! One incident marred the day for Mike Arstall, who skidded on the ice and turned his car over on
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  • Storage Containers for Inflatables

    Storage Containers for Inflatables

    As you have probably seen, there has been a request from Jane Hill, the Junior Chairperson, for help in preparing the site and erecting the flat-pack containers. The work will
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  • Beach Work Party: Thank You!

    Beach Work Party: Thank You!

    Dear Members A big thank you to all who turned out to shovel and wheel away gravel this morning. A lovely sunny day made the task not too arduous, and
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  • New Members Always Welcome!

    New Members Always Welcome!

    SYC always welcomes new members and you don’t necessarily need to already have - or even buy - your own boat. For more experienced sailors, the club maintains a small, varied fleet
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  • Dinghy Cruise to Exmouth, 14 September

    Dinghy Cruise to Exmouth, 14 September

    The Dinghy Cruising fleet took to the water on 14 September in true Goldilocks conditions - a glorious autumn day with enough wind for safe manoeuvres in the river mouth but
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