With its huge stretch of glorious coastline and superb sailing conditions, it is no surprise that the Tor Bay is a sailing hotspot. From sailing schools, international competitions and chartered boats, sailing has become a key attraction in the Torbay region. There are several clubs in the Bay.
The Royal Torbay Yacht Club (RTYC) was granted a Royal Warrant in 1875 after its formation earlier in that year with Sir Lawrence Palk as Commodore.
The club is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised training centre, and offers a range of courses for beginners and improvers, as well as seamanship, performance and race training and has a very active junior section.
As well as organising top class sailing races, the RTYC annual regatta event held in August each year, has variously catered for other sports including: motor boat racing, rowing, running, water-skiing, swimming and diving.
For more information visit the RTYC website.
Operating as a mainly dinghy sailing club, Paignton Sailing Club has been in existence since 1889. It moved to its current purposebuilt
premises on Paignton harbour in 1975.
The club is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) affiliated training centre and offers courses throughout the year for both sail and power boating. The junior section runs a beginners’ and improvers’ courses taking complete novices to a level where they could start racing.
For more information visit the Paignton Sailing Club website.
Established in 1937, Brixham Yacht Club offers a commanding view over the busy marina and working harbour of the port of Brixham from its clubhouse in Overgang Road. The building, a former sail loft, houses the club’s popular bar and restaurant, as well as all the usual facilities for racing and cruising sailors.
The recent development of the Fish Quay has allowed the club to boost its facilities for both members and visiting yachtsmen.
A small, sociable club formed in 1935 and originally run from a fisherman’s hut on Oddicombe Beach. Nowadays the Club has two
venues, a beach clubhouse on Oddicombe Beach accessed by road or Babbacombe Cliff Railway, where the dinghy fleet launches from and a social clubhouse in St Marychurch that provides shore-based training, as well as a wide variety of social and non-sailing activities.
The Club offers a selection of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) standard training courses and provides crewing and mentoring opportunities for beginners of all ages.
For more information visit the Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club website.