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 and 1.7m depth 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.

We have a few moorings available, mostly suited to bilge keels or lifting keels and for boats up to 29ft LOA. Boats that can take the ground are at an advantage in the shallow waters of the Exe. 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 licensed 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, or over-winter in the Exeter Ship Canal.

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 who 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 2022

  • Annual Cruise-in-Company to the Channel Islands and France: Depart Friday 6 May (provisional date) at 10:00. Contact the Cruising Secretary for further details.
  • Newport Trophy (to the Dart): starting gun at Exe SWM on Saturday 18 June at 10:30 (NB: date changed from 4 June to avoid a clash with Royal Jubilee events).
  • Drew Trophy (to Brixham): starting gun at Exe SWM on Saturday 30 July at 10:00
  • Chaos Trophy (round the Ore Stone and back to Exe SWM): starting gun at Exe SWM on Saturday 10 September at 10:00

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 for more information; either by e-mail via the contacts page or via the club's telephone number on the home page.

CRUISER SECRETARY     Julian Parlett
BOSUN AFLOAT  Andy Bartram
CRUISER COMMITTEE John Allen, Derek Hathaway, Dave Kingdon, Mike Horwood, Nick Sheppard, Peter Schranz, Roy Smith, John Steels, Simon Tytherleigh


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 your boat is not a hazard to other craft and mooring users. Moorings should comply with the club’s guideline specifications, available here.

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.


Buying and selling moorings
Anyone interested in buying or selling their mooring should contact the Cruiser Secretary, who maintains an up-to-date list of moorings available at the Club.

Cruiser Secretary, February 2022

'Aquila' and 'Crispin' dry out at anchor in the Scillies