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.

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


21st Mar 2020 - 21st Mar 2020

Torbay Tornado, Torquay, DevonTorbay Tornado Dinghy RegattaTorbay Tornado Dinghy Regatta Approximately 40 Adult Dinghies racing off Torquay The Format is a tornado of races! We start with a 90 min pursuit Race ( average Time), this is a double points race, which will not be discard-able. Followed by 3 Sprint Races (Aiming for 15-20 mins each), split into…
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19th June 2020 - 21st June 2020

20th June 2020 - 21st June 2020

1st Aug 2020 - 5th Aug 2020

29th Aug 2020 - 31st Aug 2020

RS 200 NationalsRS National Championships and RegattaRS500 UK National Championship - June 19, 2020 - June 21, 2020 RS Summer Regatta (incorporating RS400 Southern Championships) - June 20, 2020 - June 21, 2020 RS400 National Championships - August 1, 2021 - August 5, 2021 RS Tera National Championships - August 29, 2020 - August 31, 2020 Royal…
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1st Aug 2020 - 7th Aug 2020

Firefly National Championships, Torquay, DevonFirefly National ChampionshipFirefly National Championship The Firefly is one of the strongest two person racing fleets in the UK. Important facts you need to know about the Firefly include:- The Firefly is the one of the cheapest two person dinghies in the UK, race-ready secondhand boats can be picked up for under £1000 and…
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21st Aug 2020 - 24th Aug 2020

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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22nd Aug 2020 - 22nd Aug 2020

Torbay Royal Regatta Rowing EventsTorbay Royal Regatta Rowing Events - launching from Torre Abbey Sands West of England Rowing Races. Seafront Torquay For further information contact Rowing was a very popular sport in the second half of the 19th Century - with much more spectator interest than today with…
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22nd Aug 2020 - 23rd Aug 2020

IRC South West Regional Championships, Torquay, DevonIRC South West Regional ChampionshipsRC South West Regional Championships - part of the Torbay Royal Regatta. Torbay Royal Regatta has been taking place for over 200 years and is one of the highlights of the sailing and social scene in Torquay, over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. As one of the premier sailing regattas in the South…
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22nd Aug 2020 - 23rd Aug 2020

Sailing at Torbay Royal Regatta, Torquay, DevonSailing at Torbay Royal RegattaTorbay Royal Regatta has been taking place for over 200 years and is one of the highlights of the sailing and social scene in Torquay, over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. As one of the premier sailing regattas in the South West, the event remains as popular as ever and this year promises to be…
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11th Sept 2020 - 13th Sept 2020

Hadron H2 National Championship, Torquay, DevonHadron H2 National ChampionshipA lot of thought has gone into making sailing the Hadron H2 dinghy a pleasant and rewarding experience. Here are some of the main features, many of which are shared with the original Hadron: The extremely light, performance-orientated but forgiving hull form and rig produces a versatile,…
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3rd Oct 2020 - 4th Oct 2020

29er Grand Prix29er GP For further information contact or visit
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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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