RTYC and Tor Bay

A Superb Championship & Event Venue

For Yachts, Keelboats, Sports Boats, Dinghies and Powercraft, RTYC offers fantastic facilities, great experience and professionalism in running championships at all levels on one of the finest sailing waters in the UK and, perhaps,Europe.


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.
  • Good harbourside area with berthing ashore (100 plus dinghy spaces); cranage; a good modern slipway; a town dock area for up to a hundred keel boats, dayboats and yachts.
  • Torbay has its own micro-climate.
  • Top-flight race administration from race officers to mark layers, beach masters to stewards.
  • RTYC committee vessel and supporting RIBs .
  • Committee room for race office Computer stations for results and weather
  • Showers and changing rooms in the Clubhouse
  • Quayside toilets and showers
  • The Clubhouse overlooks the bay

So, contact us now to book your event. Enquiries can be made by email, fax or telephone. We are always ready to assist.   There is nowhere better.

Sailing in the Bay

  • Tor Bay is a fantastic venue for sailing events. Home of the 1948 Olympics, the Club has played host to major World and National Events up to the present day.
  • 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 in the Bay.
  • A new 12 metre wide slipway allows launching at all tide states into a well protected harbour allowing racing in any wind direction. 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 new Town Dock for keelboat events allows a large area of pontoon berths with a 2.5 metre minimum depth, joined to the quayside and close to the Clubhouse. 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 Club has highly experienced Race Management Teams with a dedicated  Committee Boat, Support Boats and Mark Layers.

LR Dinghy Hard, slipway and town dock

  • The racing water is just outside the harbour so for many events the Bay provides a natural amphitheatre for spectators.
  • Courses are usually set using GPS in the Bay away from the shore but inside the tide line giving true winds with minimal tidal effect.
  • Read the yachts and yachting Guide extract. Published November 2010.

Torquay Harbour

The excellent gradient of the new 12 metre wide slipway is not affected by the tide. At the top ofthe slipway we have stackable launching Club Dinghy parking is available for between 20 and 30 dinghies and there is parking for 100 boats along the adjacent Haldon pier.

The new Town Dock is linked to the shore and has a large events pontoon to accommodate visiting yachts. The MDL Marina is adjacent to the Town Dock.

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.
The two level car park is just 30m from the dinghy park and 50m from the RTYC clubhouse. Weekly car park tickets for any of the Torbay car parks are available from the Tourist Information Office next to the harbour.
However, prime periods of each year are now getting booked up so, please, consider us at your earliest opportunity

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.

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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 RTYC has hosted a large number of National Championships including

International SB3 Class (now SB20), Finn, Contender, Solo, Albacores, Hornets, Flying Dutchman, RS Tera, RS Feva, RS Vareo, RS 300, RS 400, RS 600, RS 700, Taser class, Laser 4000, Firefly, International Cadets, 505, Foiling Moths, K6, K1, Devon Yawls, 29ers, Comets,  Ovington VX1,  and cruisers J cup, J109.


Interested in Royal Torbay as a venue for your championship

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