Joint Laser and Aero open meeting on 1st Sept, 2018

This event took place in ideal conditions with a freshening wind for the last of the four races. Photographs here and results here.

RS 400/200/100 Open Meeting on 15 September

Results are here, and Garnett Showell's photographs are available here.

Garnett Showell's Exe Regatta 2018 photographs are now online here

Exe Regatta 2018

Operational from 14 August 2017

As an additional security measure, the gate to the Club premises will be set to close automatically from 14 August.

If you enter/leave the premises during daylight hours, you will use your key just as before, but the gate will now close automatically behind you after 90 seconds. Members entering during the hours of darkness will need to use a five-digit security code in addition to their key.

There is an information page here for logged-in members, with full details of gate operation and an explanatory video by Bosun Ashore Ian Purvis. The page will be accessible in future from the Info > Info menu, but you must log in to see it.

No website account yet? Members register here.

SYC recognises and welcomes members or close family providing memorial seats as a fitting, cherished reminder of members past who enjoyed the club and its facilities, and who contributed to its success.  The club requests the following points are observed and followed;


  • Any close family and/or members proposing to install a memorial bench dedicated to former members should advise one of the four Flag Officers of their intention before purchasing.
  • Details should include seat size, materials, manufacturer and inscription.  This information will be discussed at General Committee for approval.
  • GC recommends seats are;
    • Manufactured from sustainable teak, or Iroko, or seasoned Oak  sourced supply,
    • Of robust construction suitable for a marine environment,
    • Two or three person’s capacity
  • SYC recognises good quality durable external wooden furniture minimizes maintenance upkeep.
  • The memorial seat is looked upon as a gift to SYC who will take on ownership and maintenance responsibility and associated costs.
  • At the end of the memorial seat’s life SYC will organise disposal and carefully remove any remaining brass plaque/s and will arrange their fitting on the clubhouse overlooking the estuary as a final fitting tribute to the former member.
  • It is intended a club memorial bench will be provided at a future date. Friends and relatives of departed members will be welcomed to contribute to its cost in the form of a fixed brass memorial plaque, (100mm x 35mm) up to 100 characters (subject to agreement by the General Committee) for the sum of £100.


Hi and welcome to the berthing section....

I have taken over from Mike Webster this year and aim to continue the process of berth park reorganisation to allow for more defined areas for the preferred classes, but also to ensure that regularly used boats are berthed in prime berths  which are easier to launch from. As such it is VERY important that everyone signs in the cruising log for the day in question as the usage rates are recorded from these sheets and will be used to reallocate berths during the year if necessary. Please also note that a berth allocation at the beginning of the year is not fixed for the year and the club retains the right to ask berthed boats to be moved in the year where it enables more efficient use of the berth park.

Crew...please ensure the log is entered with your name as well, this also includes the racers. Regular crew who have boats but possibly don't helm for races will also accrue benefits under the usage recording. This is to encourage active participation at the club which is essential for a vibrant and active membership.

There are two or three ongoing problem areas the berth marshals have been encountering, the most annoying of which is the non usage of berthing stickers, this year I am going to attempt to affix the stickers myself so do not expect berthing stickers to be sent with the renewals. Trailer identification is another weak area, it is impossible to identify trailers as they all pretty much look the same, as such again this year I will be contacting those storing trailers at the club and asking them to identify their own trailer to me. Finally the substitution of boats into berths without telling anyone what is going on, please inform me of what boat has been removed and what boat is coming in as any swap is liable to be reallocated to an area more suited to the boat type and space in the park.

The aim is always to run the park nearly full, boats not managing to achieve the usage requirements can at any time be asked to be removed.

Berths at the club are always in significant demand and so we do ask that boats are not just stored at the club and never used or looked after. For the very occasional user why not consider a hire boat, the club has two family cruising dinghies, one Feva and a Laser which are all in sound condition and available for significantly less than combined berthing and running costs.....

The Instructions on signing out to go on a dinghy cruise are quite explicit. If you don't add your berth number on  the sign out sheets you will not be credited with a launch and that could mean that you fall short of the requisite number of launches to qualify for a berth next year!

It isn't difficult, the berth number is the same as on the boats mast/transom 2013 sticker! There is also a list of members and their berth numbers in the Members Room and the most up to date list is on the maps below.

It is a condition of granting a boat a berth that the current year sticker is displayed on masts, or transoms in the case of Lasers, Toppers, Picos etc.. and certainly not discretionary.  Boats that do not display a 2013 berth sticker by the 20th May may be removed to the far north area of the dinghy park (the area with low branches which has a habit of interfering with masts)!

Berth Chart

There's a map of the allocated berths at SYC available online



Please ensure that you put your berth sticker on and move your boat to the allotted space as soon as possible.  If you have any queries please email me.

If you find another boat in your allocated berth please remove it placing the offending boat in the area in the far north of the dinghy park.

Thinking of joining SYC?

If you are thinking about becoming a member of Starcross Yacht Club, then why not come down to the club and pay us a visit? The best day to visit is usually on a Sunday race day and the times of races can be found here. There's a map of where SYC is located together with directions here.

If you don't know any existing members then you may like to give the Membership Secretary a ring so you can be shown round the club and introduced to other members and club officers.

Membership and Subscriptions

  • You can join or look at our subscription page online here.
  • Alternatively, you can download a Membership Application Form and send or e-mail it to the Membership Secretary.
  • Please note that to reduce costs, the Club prefers applications to be made online.
  • The Club aims to complete the approval process within 14 days.
  • Once approved as a member by the Committee you will be sent a welcome pack including your key.


  • There may be a waiting list for berths in the Dinghy Park, to which your application will be added.
  • Berths can be purchased online with your application; alternatively, you can download a separate Berth Application Form.
  • Preference may be given to Club preferred classes.


  • Members have 18 moorings with between 0.5 to 2m of water at LWOS, this mooring area is surrounded by a similar number of semi-drying moorings (the mooring area is generally soft to shingle sea bed).
  • There is a waiting list for the deeper moorings but often no wait for the shallower ones, that are more suitable for lifting and twin keel yachts.
  • For further details and application contact Simon Tytherleigh.

Club Sailing Boats

Available for use by club members by prior arrangement. Members may not simply help themselves.

Hire Coordinator is Richard Fryer – see booking procedure below.

Boat Description Price
(choice of four)

11’ 4” popular single-hander. Fun for all. Also ideal for the less experienced, junior or beginner.
(SYC7: s/n 44750; SYC8: s/n 83011; SYC9: s/n SYC01; SYC10: s/n 44747)

£5 for four hours
Laser 167886 In race condition with Full or Radial. Preference given to experienced helms. £10 for four hours
RS Feva 301  12ft one or two man dinghy (with spinnaker fitted in summer). For all but early beginners. £15 for four hours
Wanderer 1467 A very popular hire choice, somewhat lighter than the Wayfarer and well equipped for exploring the whole estuary & trips to the Warren. £15 for four hours
Wayfarer 8659 Family-size dinghy, well equipped for exploring the whole estuary & trips to the Warren. £15 for four hours
Dart 15, 'Aly Cat'

Recent addition to our hire fleet, thanks to members of the multihull fleet who have generously clubbed together. Priority to Juniors, but available for other members of the Club to hire. Warning: these boats accelerate fast and have different handling characteristics from monohulls. They can easily be damaged or cause damage. Please hire only if you are confident of your ability to handle the boat safely.

£15 for four hours

Comet Trios:

  • Yellow
  • Dark Blue 452
  • Light Blue 439 ('Skylark')

The Comet Trio is a fantastic all-rounder dinghy ideal for training, cruising or racing. The dinghy is suitable for relatively new sailors (RYA Level 2 or above) and the more experienced alike. The dinghy is 4.6m (15’) in length, easily reefed and can take up to 4 or 5 people. All the Trios are equipped with an asymmetric spinnaker system for those with advanced experience. Please state if you want to use the spinnaker as this sail is not generally kept with the boats.
The Trios are only available when not being used for training. To minimise the risk of boats being unavailable for training, only one Trio can be hired at a time for unsupervised sailing (i.e. without safety boat cover). For those looking for racing experience at a national event, ‘Skylark’ is set up for racing and is ideal for entry in the annual Comet Trio Nationals held at Exe SC!

£15 for four hours

A full day's hire (see options on Booking Requests page) is charged as a double four-hour session, e.g. £30 for the Wayfarer.

You can book and pay for 6 weekday sessions in advance (paid at time of booking) for the price of 4. So if you sail a dozen times a year it is cheaper than berth fees, insurance & depreciation not to mention maintenance on a boat of your own.

The procedure
Use the online booking request system if you can; if you have problems you can e-mail me, or ring 01392 468762 (for preference) or 07981 247929 (not monitored 24/7). I will contact you to agree handover arrangements for the hire fee.
The six-for-the-price-of-four hire charge does not apply at weekends and Bank Holidays, only to weekday hires.) Weekend bookings may only be made a maximum of 2 weeks (14 days) in advance, except in exceptional circumstances such as booking the Laser for an Open Meeting. In such circumstances, initial application for exemption should be made to the Hire Boat Coordinator who may refer the matter to the Vice-Commodore.


  • Fees apply to all hires, including use for Sunday racing or by Juniors for Begin to Race.
  • There is no hire charge for the use of Club boats during Junior Sailing, SYC Dinghy Sailing Clinic sessions and SYC training courses listed in the Training Calendar or approved by the Training Officer.
  • Unless otherwise agreed, the fee should be paid before the boat is rigged. If the galley is open, you may obtain a receipt for payments handed in there.



By hiring an SYC dinghy you agree to:

  • Respect it as you would your own boat
  • Wash down, cover and tie down after use
  • Inform the Club promptly of any damage by recording it in the black folder by the door of the Members' Room
  • Report any safety-critical issues in the folder, and advise me directly that you have done so

Bon voyage!

Richard Fryer

Safety - pre-launch checklist!

Enjoy your sail!

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