RTYC and Tor Bay

A Superb Championship & Event Venue

For Yachts, Keelboats, Sports Boats, Dinghies and Powercraft, the Royal Torbay Yacht Club offers fantastic facilities, great experience and professionalism in running championships at all levels on one of the finest sailing waters in the world.


It was not by accident that the Bay was the 1948 Olympic sailing venue, nor that it was the summer home of the great J Class Yachts. But, it has been far more for far longer. The first regatta was in 1813 (we celebrated the 200th regatta in 2013) and since then the Bay, and for the last 150 years the Club, has been the focus of countless yachting and sailing events.


What makes Tor Bay so Good?

  • Brilliant sailing waters – a bay that covers an area four by three nautical miles between the headlands all with deep water providing room for several courses all at one time and all viewable from the shore.
  • Easy access to the courses. Launching from the harbor giving immediate access to the sailing water.
  • Excellent harbourside facilities with berthing ashore (100 plus dinghy spaces); cranage; a good modern slipway; and pontoons  for up to a hundred keel boats, dayboats and yachts.
  • Torbay has its own micro-climate.
  • First class race management and administration with qualified RYA race officers.
  • Dedicated committee boat and supporting RIBs .
  • Committee room for race office Computer stations for results and weather
  • Showers and changing rooms in the Clubhouse
  • Harbourside toilets and showers
  • The Clubhouse and terraced gardens with panoramic views over the bay

So, why not contact us now to discuss your event. Enquiries can be made by email to events@rtyc.org or admin@rtyc.org or call 01803 213910

Sailing in the Bay

  • Tor Bay is a superb venue for sailing events. Home of the 1948 Olympics and host to numerous World and National Events over recent years.
  • The Bay is four miles across by three miles wide with no obstructions. The depth of water averages 10 metres across the Bay at low tide. Tide streams are usually less than 1 knot.
  • A 12 metre wide slipway allows launching at all tide states into a well protected harbour . The minimum water depth is 2.5 metres at low springs in the harbour and some berths are available at 3 metres depth on low springs.
  • A modern marina with walk on pontoons provides ideal accommodation for keelboat events, with a 2.5 metre minimum depth.  The adjacent MDL Marina provides additional visitors’ berths.
  •  Other than with east and south-easterly winds the Bay creates perfect shelter from high seas with the prevailing wind being west to southwest which gives truly perfect sailing conditions.


  • The racing waters are just outside the harbour so for many events the Bay provides a natural amphitheatre for spectators.

Torquay Harbour

The excellent gradient .

The Club owns its own 1,000kg crane which
is situated on South Pier for boat lifting. Heavier lifts can be undertaken by the local stevedore.

Tor Bay Harbour has existed since 1970 and it has served the community well by operating successfully, efficiently and economically. Torbay Council’s role as a strong maritime local authority is enhanced because the jurisdiction of the Harbour Authority mirrors the Council’s land boundaries and it includes the Bay’s entire coastline. In operational terms it allows control over 22 miles of coastline and 16 square miles of open sea. Torquay Harbour lies on the north shore of Tor Bay and although it is predominantly a leisure facility, it’s commercial activity ensures that it remains a busy little port which is very close to the town centre giving easy access to shops, restaurants and bars. The outer harbour shelters a 170 berth Town Dock (Harbour Authority) and a 440-berth Marina (MDL) from the prevailing south westerly winds.

Both these facilities offer a variety of visitors’ berths throughout the year. The enclosed inner harbour which is highly protected from the bad weather shelters some limited visitor pontoons and approximately 200 town dock style berths moorings. Entry to the inner harbour is restricted at times.

Car parking is available just above the harbour and only 50m from the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. Weekly car park passes are available for this and other Torbay Car Parks

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Major and recent championships hosted by RTYC include

1948 Olympics
1989 International Dragon Class
1990 International 5.5 Meter Class
1991 International 14ft Class
1991 International 6 Metre Class
1995 International Dragon Gold Cup
1997 International Cadet Class
1998 International Moth Class
1998 International Melges 24 Class
2001 International Albacore Class
2011 International Laser SB3 Class | Taser class
1991 Round Europe Race (British stop-over)
1993 CHS Europeans
1995 International Soling Class Match Racing
2005 International Melges

In last decade club has hosted a large number of National Championships including

 SB20 Class, Finn, Contender, Solo, Albacores, Hornets, Flying Dutchman, RS Tera, RS Feva, RS Vareo, RS 300, RS 400, RS 600, RS 700, Taser class, 2000 Class, 4000 Class, Firefly, International Cadets, 505, Foiling Moths, K6, K1, Devon Yawls, 29ers, Comets, Ovington VX1, J109 and  J Cup.

Interested in Royal Torbay as a venue for your championship

Ring 01803 292006 or

e mail admin @rtyc.org