Sundowners Yacht Club Sailing History

This will be a 3 day trip over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  Travelling down to Torquay on Friday 28th August we’ll be boarding and setting off first thing on Saturday morning, returning on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Victorians coined the term English Riviera, by then well established as a fashionable holiday destination, and the very first promotional guide was launched 100 years ago.

From a start in Torquay, we plan to take in Salcombe and the Yealm River which are reckoned to provide some of the best cruising in the West Country and the UK generally. We can escape the crowds of the Solent and visit some of England’s most attractive anchorages.

Torquay – Salcombe 25nm

Salcombe – River Yealm 18nm

River Yealm – Torquay 40nm

Torquay

 

 

Torquay is full of surprises with its magnificent horseshoe-shaped bay, swaying palm trees, elegant Victorian villas, pretty marina, sweeping sandy beach and its fascinating Agatha Christie connections.

Torquay’s history is bound up in the Napoleonic Wars when the town became a watering hole for the rich elite who could no longer visit continental Europe and who were greatly struck by its beauty and mild climate.  Following the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was held captive on the HMS Bellerophon in Tor Bay for two days.

Torquay is an absolute haven for foodies with a collection of seriously good eating experiences from celebrated restaurants to award-winning fish and chips. You’ll love the seafood restaurants with delicious fish sourced from nearby Brixham’s famous Fish Market. Families are well catered for with plenty of family friendly eateries just strolling distance from the bustling harbour.

Salcombe

Always popular, the unspoiled Salcombe estuary stretches inland to distant Kingsbridge, top left, Limebury Point and Sunny Cove are on the right, while the power boat is crossing the Bar made famous in Tennyson’s poem, Crossing of the Bar.

‘Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar,

When I put out to sea…….’

Yealm River

Yealm Pool, a glorious mooring looking downstream from Yealm steps. This should be a wonderful place to visit before the armadas of high summer call on one of the classic havens of the South Coast.

Navigation into the Yealm River has its challenges but, with care, the final results are well worth the effort. For a taster click here and here.

 

We will make a prompt start on the final morning for our return to Torquay on Bank Holiday Monday.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: THIS EVENT IS FROM AND RETURNS TO TORQUAY MARINA, DEVON

Event price £190 + usual extras

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