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

  • Junior Winter Training Round-Up

    Junior Winter Training Round-Up

    As the 2021/2022 Winter Training comes to an end, SYC reflects on a very successful season's programme. Run for the first time over the 2021/2022 winter, the structured race training
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  • SYC Sailor wins RYA Youth National Championship

    SYC Sailor wins RYA Youth National Championship

    On the 11th-15th of April the RYA held the Youth Nationals in Pwllheli on the north west coast of Wales. Representing Starcross were Izzy Smith and Tesni King, both crewing
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  • Course Setting Review

    Following on from the racing format review, the Sailing Committee is now intending to review the approach to course setting for club races. Good courses are critical to the success
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  • Spring Work Party, April 2022

    Spring Work Party, April 2022

    A huge thank you to the large number of people who turned up today (2 April) for the Spring Work Party. Lots done. Although near high water, the foreshore was
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  • The Pursuit of the Firefly

    The Pursuit of the Firefly

    Exe Sails & Covers Starcross Steamer 2022 The annual Starcross Steamer took place on the 27th of March on the Exe estuary. With Starcross Yacht Club celebrating its 250th year,
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  • Thank you to the Starcross Steamer Galley Team!

    Thank you to the Starcross Steamer Galley Team!

    Proof, if it was needed, that all sailors like a nice piece of cake! The ladies did an amazing job over a very long day, with so many others contributing
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  • Strong-Wind Practice for Junior Winter Trainees

    Strong-Wind Practice for Junior Winter Trainees

    The very successful new Junior Winter Training sessions continue, with the support of parent helpers, under the direction of experienced RYA race coaches. Challenging conditions on 12 March gave the
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  • Amendment to Sailing Instructions

    Sailors are reminded that it is a requirement of the racing rules of sailing (RRS) that boats display a sail number. Several boats have been racing at SYC with either
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  • Racing Format Review

    The Sailing Committee has now reviewed the feedback and suggestions on the race format review and wishes to thank everyone who has contributed. The Committee has discussed a wide range
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