Over the weekend of July 9th to 10th, we celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the founding of Starcross Yacht Club. This was a momentous event in the Club’s history, supported and enjoyed by many members.

On Friday, the Junior section took to the water and mud, and had a great time by the sound of it. Parents erected the marquee just in case, but it wasn’t used at all, which must be a record! Some families tented overnight.

On Saturday afternoon the Water Sports Day was very well attended, with large numbers turning out to enjoy the fabulous weather and ample wind conditions. Dinghies, paddle boards, windsurfers, canoes and kayaks were all there and a great lunch served in the galley started the session off nicely.

The evening event at Powderham Castle was a sell-out. Two bars, a hog roast with alternative offerings followed by stupendous desserts, all served in the iconic Rose Garden on a balmy summer evening, was an evening to remember. The piano duo of Robyn and Dodie Bowman entertained guests for more than an hour. Charlie Courtenay (Earl of Devon and our Patron) told us of his pleasure at winning an award during his Junior training period at the Club and then gave us a brief but very interesting history of the club founded all those years ago in 1772 by his ancestor, the then Lord Devon.
The Dockneys, a three-man band, completed the evening’s entertainment with popular music from past decades.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening which brought members together, many of whom had not seen each other for some time due to the pandemic of the past two years.

Sunday was race day with events for catamarans, Juniors and a pursuit race for monohulls. Winners and second-placed boats all received a cap and a clothing voucher for SYC branded merchandise. Winners can be seen on the Race Results page.

The Club also received an unexpected and very welcome gift. For the past decade, members of Exmouth Rowing Club have been stopping off at the SYC slipway and sitting on our decking benches to consume their vittles before rowing back to Exmouth. The Chair of ERC, Richard Robinson, presented us on behalf of their members with a brand-new bench to honour our Anniversary and to say thank you for our hospitality over the years. They came up-river, suitably attired, and sang Happy Birthday as they rowed alongside. They were soon joined by the Exmouth inshore lifeboat and other distinguished guests to enjoy a sumptuous Devon cream tea prepared by Kathy Jones, Margarette Parlett, Denise Harling, Carolyn Blackmore and Liz Charles. Tea was served by Julian Parlett.

All in all a fantastic three days, enjoyed by so many. Many thanks to all those involved in making this a very memorable weekend.

Dining room photo by Kathy Jones