Dinghy cruising at Starcross Yacht Club
The Exe is one of the best rivers for sailing in the West Country. It’s wide (3/4 mile at HW), it’s long (4 miles inside the Warren). The hinterland is either flat or undulating (ie not steep-sided) which yields better winds. It’s quiet, with very little commercial traffic. Plus, there’s access to Exmouth beach, and then the wide ocean beyond the safe water mark.
SYC organises Dinghy Cruises, with safety boat cover approx every 2-3 weeks during the season. We can cruise up-river to Topsham. Mostly we cruise down-river to Exmouth beach, or sometimes further still, out-to-sea.
Our current guidance says that:
- Starting times for Down-River Cruises are 2 hours before low water, and for Up-River Cruises 90 mins before high water.
- In order to try and keep the fleet together, slower boats like Gulls, Tideways, Mirrors, Toppers and any less experienced skippers will depart from around buoy 29 at 15 minutes before the programmed departure time. Faster boats will depart from buoy 29 at the programmed departure time
- The briefing for each cruise is 30 minutes before the published start and all cruise participants are requested to be at the pre-cruise briefing.
Safety guidelines for SYC organised dinghy cruises
There is a set of guidelines for those thinking about joining the next dinghy cruise. While the dinghy cruise "officer of the day" will give a briefing before the cruise, that briefing will focus on the specific issues for the day. It is requested that dinghy cruise participants read and agree to the guidelines before joining a cruise. For those from a racing background, think of these as the dinghy cruise "Sailing Instructions".
If you are curious about what the dinghy cruise "officer of the day" will get up to (or you are rostered as OOD for a cruise), you may want to see these documents.
Exe Estuary navigation
Here is some tidal flow information that may be of use if considering a sail out to sea.