Drewe Race

From the Club premises at Powderham Point, on the west bank of the Exe Estuary, there is all-tide access to the adjacent area of water known as the Salmon Pool; in which our members have moorings with between 0.5 to 2m of water at LWOS. This mooring area is surrounded by a similar number of semi-drying moorings. We also have a small group of semi-drying moorings further downstream in the Perch Pool.

There is a waiting list for the deeper moorings but often little delay if your yacht is of lifting or twin keel design and able to take the ground. The Pool area, adjacent to our grounds, is sheltered from the prevailing Westerly winds. We are about a mile upstream from Starcross village and about 4 miles from the open sea at Exmouth. Most moorings are only a short row to our slipway and main club house, which is the only realistic access to this area. Whilst locally managed by SYC, the right to lay and use a mooring in this area is by annual licence from Powderham Castle Estate; except those in the Perch Pool, which are licenced directly by SYC.

SYC Mooring

On the shore, as well as the usual club facilities of showers, bar etc, we have storage racks for tenders and on-site car parking. There is limited winter storage for day-boats but most members make use of the boatyards and craning facilities upstream at Topsham or downstream at Exmouth.

Members regularly cruise to Torbay or the River Dart for weekends and we also race to these areas twice a season. Starcross Yacht Club is ideally situated as a friendly home anchorage for skippers and families that wish to sample the delights of the South Devon and Cornish coastline, whether coastal hopping to the many sheltered  estuaries or over to the Channel Isles or Brittany.

Our Cruise-in-Company group brings members together for informal cruises, as well as supporting those unfamiliar with a particular cruising ground by sailing in company with a more experienced member.

Cruiser Events for 2016

  • Cruise-in-Company to the Channel Islands and France. Friday May 27th for up to 10 days. Contact the Cruising Secretary for details.
  • Newport Trophy Race to the Dart. Saturday June 25th. 1030 start at fairway buoy. Overnight at Dittisham, meal in Red Lion.
  • Drew Trophy Race to Brixham (and cruise with TSC). Saturday July 23rd. 1030 start at fairway buoy. Overnight in Brixham Marina. Meal at BYC.
  • CHAOS Trophy (CHase Around the OreStone) out and back around the Orestone. Saturday September 17th. Meal at SYC after finish.

Sailing Instructions for the races will be posted on the noticeboard in the Members' Room and emailed to cruiser members.

Contact the Cruiser Section Hon Secretary, Simon Tytherleigh, for more information; either by e-mail via the contacts page or via the club's telephone number on the home page.

BOSUN AFLOAT  Andy Bartram
CRUISER COMMITTEE Julian Parlett, John Allen, Derek Hathaway, Mike Horwood, Peter Schranz, Ian Purvis.


Starcross Yacht Club - Cruiser Rules

You must have either an annual Powderham Castle or Starcross Yacht Club licence and keep your mooring buoyed, named and numbered. If not, the club has Powderham Castle's authority to re-allocate your space to another member and request removal of hardware.

You are responsible for maintenance of the mooring tackle, safely mooring your boat and ensuring that you boat is not a hazard to other craft and mooring users.

Unused moorings: rights to that mooring/location can be retained by licensing with either Powderham Castle or Starcross Yacht Club at the 19ft rate.

All boats must have valid third party insurance, to a value of at least £3 million.

You must keep the Cruiser Secretary informed of any change of contact details. Telephone numbers will be posted in the Members' Room, so that you can be contacted in an emergency.

Simon Tytherleigh

Cruiser Secretary, November 2016 

SYC boats in the Scillies 2012

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