Royal Torbay Yacht Club


12 Beacon Terrace, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BH
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Royal Torbay Yacht Club

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club hosts many prestigious sailing championships including inter alia, the One Ton Cup and the Dragon World Championship and has managed to achieve a justified reputation (which it retains) as a leader in race management and organisation.

History of Royal Torbay Yacht Club

Since the Napoleonic Wars, leisure sailors have been competing in yacht races held in Torbay. However, the annual regatta had been running for 50 years, before a formal body was organised that would eventually take over the running of local maritime affairs. On 19th August 1863, twenty-three gentlemen, under the chairmanship of Sir Lawrence Palk, (Lord of the Manor) founded the Torbay and South Devon Club, initially for social rather than sailing purposes, then purchased premises on Beacon Hill (now the home of RTYC). The Torquay Yacht Club, with Sir Lawrence Palk as Commodore, was formed in 1875 and immediately obtained a warrant from Queen Victoria to become the Royal Torquay Yacht Club. This name was amended to the present-day Royal Torbay Yacht Club following a merger of the yacht club with the Torbay and South Devon Club in 1885.

Torbay Royal Yacht Club held its first regatta, distinct from Torbay Royal Regatta, 125 years ago in 1887 and also reaches another proud milestone in 2013 with a welcome message for members old and new in their special anniversary brochure: ‘The RTYC, is not just a yacht club, it is a way of life for those who enjoy the sea and great company! And it continues to be so after 150 Years‘

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie’s father was a member of the RTYC. In the early 1900s, the clubhouse overlooked, what was then a ladies-only beach at Beacon Cove. Once, when Agatha was swimming in the cove, she was saved from drowning by a boatman.


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Opening Times

2020 - opening (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Usual Office Hours January - December Monday - Saturday 0900 - 1300 hours

Bar Opening Times Lunchtime- Mondays to Saturdays - 1200 - 1430 hours
Sundays - 1200 - 1600

Restaurant Opening Times Lunchtime - Mondays to Saturdays - 1200 - 1400 hour


27th Mar 2021 - 28th Mar 2021

29er Grand Prix29er GP For further information contact or visit
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16th Apr 2021 - 16th Apr 2021

26th June 2021 - 26th June 2021

1st Aug 2021 - 5th Aug 2021

RS 200 NationalsRS Aero Youth Nationals, RS Summer Regatta and RS 400 National ChampionshipsRS Aero Youth Nationals - 16th April, 2021 RE Summer Regatta - 26th June, 2021 RS400 National Championships -1st-5th August, 2021 Royal Torbay Yacht Club -  The first record of yacht racing in Torbay is in an advertisement in the Exeter Flying Post of a sailing race for “…boats of not more than…
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20th Aug 2021 - 22nd Aug 2021

Torbay Royal Regatta, Torquay, DevonTorbay Royal RegattaThree great days of racing for IRC and Cruiser Classes, Sportsboats, PY Dinghies and Junior Classes with racing taking place on the fine sailing waters of Torbay on the English Riviera. Free berthing for yachts and dinghies is included in the entry fees and from the sheltered harbour there is…
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11th Sept 2021 - 11th Sept 2021

Squib Fleet, Torquay, DevonSquib Southern ChampionshipSquib National Championship over 70 keelboats expected The National Squib is a one design racing keelboat, originally designed by Oliver Lee in 1967. The class association has over 600 members. There are around 30 fleets in the UK and Ireland, racing at club, regional and national levels, on…
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2nd Oct 2021 - 3rd Oct 2021

Torbay Dinghy Regatta, Torquay, DevonTorbay Dinghy RegattaA dinghy event to be held in Torquay over the weekend October 2nd – 3rd for all PY Dinghies – Asymmetric, Non-Asymmetric and Classes. The event will incorporate the Torbay Contender Open, a qualifying event for the National Travellers Trophy. We look forward to welcoming sailors to come and join us…
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Road Directions

Follow the A3022 signposted Torquay Seafront. Follow this road until you reach the Clock Tower on Torquay Harbourside. Turn right into Victoria Parade. The Torbay Royal Yacht Club is situated at the end of this road.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest bus stop is Torquay Harbourside. Most buses stop here.


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This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
Company number 10237792.
Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
Telephone 01803 211211

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