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The English Riviera, which incorporates Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, is a resort that appeals to visitors of all ages and interests throughout the year, with an enormous variety of attractions concentrated into a relatively small area.

Torbay has three harbours, Torquay, Brixham and Paignton. Yacht CARMEN is based in the newest marina, Torquay Town Dock, which has full facilities. Torquay offers everything for the visitor, all the main stores & shops are within a few hundred yards of the marina, many pubs clubs and restaurants are located in the town and around the harbour. There are also many pleasant walks around the gardens close by.

To alleviate parking concerns in this busy seaside town, we can arrange free parking or collection from Torquay or Newton Abbot Railway station or Torquay Bus station for those booked on a weekend or longer charters.

Brixham Brixham

Sailing South-West from Torbay

Paignton, a short bus/taxi ride away from Torquay, has a pleasant small drying harbour and therefore is NOT suitable for yacht CARMEN.

Brixham, one hours sail from Torquay offers a large marina with full facilities. The town offers a range of shops, pubs & small restaurants plus some great coastal walks around Berry Head. Brixham is one of Britain's largest fishing ports.


Going two hours south from Torbay is Dartmouth - a real yachting centre for the south-west. With deep water at all times, there are three good marinas available to stay at or alternatively there is mooring on the town quay.

The historic town of Dartmouth is home to the Royal Naval College Britannia, the Officer school for the Navy where HRH Prince Philip, HRH Prince Charles and HRH Prince Andrew were trained. Dartmouth offers a host of attractions to make your stop-over worth a couple of days.

TotnesTotnes on the River Dart

Within the town there are quaint narrow streets, specialist shops, a host of excellent restaurants and good walks to the castle. Going further afield, there is a steam railway and boat trips up the river Dart to the historic town of Totnes or to Agatha Christie's recently restored home on the banks of the river. A trip up the river to Dittisham and beyond is possible on yacht CARMEN but due to tides and depths, we will not be able to stop up-river for any duration of time.


Sailing three to four hours south west from Dartmouth is Salcombe. You will be moored on a swing mooring and will go ashore by CARMEN's tender. The river views are spectacular. Once in the estuary the town of Salcombe offers a good range of small shops, pubs and restaurants. There are many pleasant beaches that are great for swimming or for having a small BBQ.

Newton FerrersNewton Ferrers on the River Yealm

Leaving Salcombe and heading west for three hours is the quiet River Yealm. The entrance goes past a sand bar and rocks so the skipper will operate under engine to navigate this. Once in the river, mooring is on a quiet pontoon. You will need to use the tender on CARMEN to get ashore. A mile walk along the river will bring you to the village of Newton Ferrers; here you will find two nice pubs and a few shops.

Next stop an hour or so westward is Plymouth. A large commercial and naval port but also boasts four very good marinas. Sutton Harbour/Marina which is through the lock gates (unusual in the UK), is the best site if you want to be close to the city centre.


Plymouth Sound, The Barbican, Plymouth's Sutton Harbour

Plymouth has every facility and amenity as you would expect from a major city. Plymouth has all the big name stores, great night life, theatre and many fine restaurants. You may decide you would like a sail up river to view the Royal Navy boatyards and Docks or have a visit to the National Aquarium. In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers left for a new life in America from Plymouth.

Leaving Plymouth in Devon and sailing west into Cornwall for about four hours is Fowey, a delightful small, quiet town with a range shops pubs and restaurants. An easy deep-water entrance, there is a choice of either swing or pontoon moorings. Facilities are available at either of the two yacht clubs. Fowey was the home of Daphne de Maurier and more recently comedians Lenny Henry and Dawn French.

Further west is Falmouth, the biggest harbour in Cornwall. Falmouth has moorings and a marina. It also has a good range of shops, pubs etc. Further west is Penzance, the last harbour on the Cornish south coast. Penzance is renowned for its fine fish restaurants.

Fowey, Cornwall, Falmouth, St Michaels Mount near Penzance

Fowey, Cornwall, Falmouth, St Michaels Mount near Penzance

Sailing Eastwards from Torbay


Heading eastwards along the English Channel from Torquay, there is a long first passage past Portland to Weymouth harbour and marina. This can take from eight to eleven hours dependent on tide, wind and weather conditions. The distance of this first passage across Lime Bay is approximately 65 miles, so may not be suited to inexperienced or nervous sailors. A discussion with the skipper regarding tide and weather conditions prior to planning this will be helpful for your group.

Lulworth CoveLulworth Cove

Onwards from Weymouth is the Jurassic coast, passing the famous Lulworth Cove.

The Needles of the Isle of WhiteThe Needles of the Isle of White

Continuing east for a further four hours you arrive at Poole. Poole harbour is a very pleasant stop over with the famous Brownsea Island, home of the Scouting organisation. Poole is also the home of the famous Poole Pottery and the manufacturing base for the luxurious Sunseeker motor yachts.

A further three to four hours east will take you to The Needles, three chalk monolith rocks, and the lighthouse. This entrance to the Solent divides the mainland from the Isle of White.

Just into the Solent the first harbour is Yarmouth and from there you can go up to Cowes, the famous sailing harbour.

The city of Southampton is at the head of the Solent and offers many moorings, harbours and marinas as well as great shopping and eating out facilities.

Guernsey, St Peter PortGuernsey, St Peter Port

Jersey, St HelierJersey, St Helier

Charters across the Channel

These can be arranged, subject to the duration of your charter booking, as weather conditions in the open-channel dictate the time windows, duration of stay and passage. Although long passages across the channel can be arranged, the nearest destinations are Alderney and Guernsey. Cherbourg and Jersey require an extra day of sailing. All trips across the channel will require planning and sufficient time allocated for the return trip, please consult with us to arrange these passages to ensure it is suitable for all members of your party.

Charters Across the Chanel