• The Child's Welfare is paramount.
  • All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity, have the right to protection from abuse.
  • All suspicions and allegations of inappropriate behaviour will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • As defined in the Children Act 1989, anyone under the age of 18 years should be considered to be a child for the purposes of this document. This also applies to vulnerable adults.

The SYC Safeguarding Team
(John Allen*, Graham Buxton-Smith*, Julia Mason, Colin Butler)

All can be contacted using the details, including photos, on the posters in the SYC Clubhouse, Clubroom and changing rooms

*Contact details can be found on the SYC Programme Card

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Postal address

The address for all post to the club is:
Starcross Yacht Club
c/o Honorary Secretary
Kathy Jones
The Old Bakery,
High Street,


The club's location is near Powderham on the west bank of the Exe Estuary in Devon.
If driving from the M5, take the road signed for Dawlish (A379). You will shortly pass by the village of Exminster. There is a schematic map of the journey from Exminster to SYC here.
It is about a mile north of the large village of Starcross.
If looking up the location you can use the postcode of EX6 8JJ or the Lat/Long of 50° 38' 49.60" North, 3° 27' 5.53" West (or 50.6470N / 3.4512W for those who prefer decimal)

Phone number

The club phone number is: 01626 890470 (answering machine / diverted outside of race times)

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Powderham Point

On the 8th July 1772, Lord Courtenay with his friend Sir Lawrence Palk of Haldon, along with twenty seven other members of the nobility, gentry and clergy formed the “Starcross Club”.

Sailing activities of the Starcross Club have been well documented, recorded between 11th August 1775 to 30th November 1912 in twenty known articles printed in the then “Exeter Flying Post”. These articles recounted a ‘Fete Marine’ held under the auspices of the Starcross Club and arranged by William, Viscount Courtenay (1768 –1835). Subsequent regattas of a similar nature were held regularly and reported in the “Flying Post” until it ceased publication early last century.

Old boathouse From 1886 to 1966 the Club was based in the Courtenay Arms Hotel in Starcross. The 1914 – 1918 war resulted in a poor post war membership and it briefly amalgamated with the Checkstone Yacht Club of Exmouth. In 1933 the club was presented with a small wooden hut complete with a ‘grand’ balcony which overlooked the moorings at Starcross Quay, that hut became known as the “Pinch and Tickle” and still stands today cared for by the Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club. (It sounds as if the old hut was as lively as the new club)?

Around this time the craft were very stoutly built in the classic method of clinker construction and designed to be left on moorings. Gradually however, lighter modern dinghies became popular and resulted in the club moving, in 1957 (with the enthusiastic support of the Earl of Devon) back to Powderham Point from where the very first ‘Fete Marine’ started some 200 years before. 

Read more: Club History

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