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Plymouth Branch

The Plymouth Branch is located in one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the country. The committee and members based in the West Country are very much an active Branch with numerous racing and cruising activities both on and off the water going on throughout the year. The broad range of services on offer caters for the entire cross section of RNSA membership and cruising members make use of the RNSA moorings dotted around the region.

Plymouth Branch News & Notices

20 May 2017General

Plymouth to St Peter Port - Late May Bank Holiday weekend


Race or cruise to St Peter Port for the Bank Holiday weekend, see events for full details RNSA (Plymouth) will again this year be running the ever popular Plymouth to St Peter Port .....

18 April 2017General

Plymouth Branch Early Season events and update


Plymouth Branch activities kick off for the season with the annual dinner on 5 May. Other up and coming events are also detailed With the 2017 season now getting underway I would like .....

17 April 2017General

Rame Head NCI facility


Rame Head NCI - support service for sailors on VHF Ch 65...

14 February 2017General

Plymouth Branch Programme


All sailing and social activities for the Plymouth Branch in one place! The Programme for the year is also in the attachment if you wish to download. Plymouth Branch Programme 2017 Offshore 27 .....

12 February 2017General

Plymouth to St Peter Port Race - 27 May 17


Plymouth to St Peter Port Race (27 May 17) SI's and entry form. RNSA (Plymouth) will again this year be running the ever popular Plymouth to St Peter Port race over late may bank holiday. Carrying .....

10 January 2017General



2017 Single-Handed Races (and Roscoff Challenge) Dates 13 May 0930 Salcombe 1 3 June 0930 St Mawes 24 June Roscoff Challenge (0600 - 1800 start, cruise sailed .....

16 October 2016General

2016 Prize Giving


Plymouth Branch Prize giving for 2016 will take place at the RWYC on Thursday 10 November 2016, 1830 for 1900. All welcome. Plymouth Branch will host the annual prize giving for Dinghies, .....

04 September 2016Offshore

Plymouth to Salcombe Results


The RNSA Plymouth to Salcombe race as part of the Ullman series. The PDF attached has the results for RNSA Plymouth to Salcombe race as part of the Ullman series, well done to all .....

11 July 2016General

Plymouth to Roscoff Race - 30 July 2016


Everyone welcome to join in. The race is mainly in daylight; with an early start, reduced berthing and social events all included. This promises to be a great week end for all. Anyone .....

07 July 2016General

New Branch Captain for Plymouth


Yesterday at Jupiter Point saw the transfer of the RNSA Plymouth Branch Captain burgee from Captain Rob Bellfield, Captain of RALEIGH, to Surgeon Captain Rory Rickard, Defence Professor .....

06 June 2016General

Plymouth Offshore Race to St Peter Port


First race of the season gets off to a foggy start! With 16 entrants for this year’s Plymouth to St Peter Port race everything was aligned for a great Bank Holiday of cross channel .....

06 June 2016General

Bull Point Winter Lay-up 2016-2017


Applications for Winter 2016/17 Lay-up at the Bull point facility are required by 18th July 2016 Applications for the lay up of members boats at the Bull Point site are now being taken .....

Plymouth Branch Events


Date Event Venue Type
13 May - 09 Sep 17 Plymouth Singlehanded Series Plymouth to Various destinations Offshore
13 May - 09 Sep 17 Plymouth Single Handed Events Plymouth General
27 May 17 St Peter Port Race - 27 May 17 Start Line off Stonehouse Camber Offshore

Plymouth Branch Committee


Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Branch Captain Rory Rickard 0121 415 8875 07825 174502
Branch Chairman Shane Doran 01752 557797 07802 415162 and
Secretary Neil Pearson 01822 854355 07932875982
Treasurer Paul Davey 01752 837774(H) 01752 324231(W) 07886 001012
Offshore Yacht Racing Ed Pearson 07840972344
Dinghies (RNSA) Roger Irvine 01752 668664(H) 07747 168553 
PPSA Stephen Maltby 01752 872676 07770 782523
Single- Handed Francis Douglas
RN & RM STC Camber CSgt Richard Griffin 01752 836980(W) Internet:
Examiner John Meaken 01752 554886(W) 01752 873334(H) 07971 050827
Moorings, Social & Trophies Ray Bailey 01752 893448(H)
Winter Lay-Up Iain Petty 01752 851947 07803264006
Cruising Mark Hocking 07974444127 07974444127
Drake Yacht Ocean Dragon Richie Paton
Devonport Sailing Day Position Vacant Volunteer Needed

About Plymouth Branch



As Branch Chairman firstly may I welcome you all to the Plymouth Branch web page and to the one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the country. I am pleased to report that the committee and members based in the West Country are very much an active branch with activities both on and off the water going on throughout the year. Indeed we would hope that the broad range of services on offer caters for the entire cross section of RNSA membership whether your bag be cruising, racing, making use of the RNSA moorings dotted around the region or laying your yacht up for the winter. A complete list of the current committee and services is available in the pages that follow. Finally if members have any queries or indeed any suggestions on how we may improve the RNSA services please contact either myself or any of the individual secretaries. Fair winds.


The mainstay of branch activity during the summer months, the branch organises numerous racing and cruising events. RNSA Plymouth yacht racing, both fully crewed and double handed in IRC and NHC, dovetails into the wider port of Plymouth Sailing Calender. The branch organises races to St Peter Port, Salcombe and a race of Approx 20 miles finishing in the Yealm. One of the most popular racing series in Plymouth over recent years has been the Singlehanded Series, racing very much in the Corinthian spirit and attracting around 25 yachts per race. Francis Douglas presiding ensures that a varied programme is run throughout the season with destinations including Salcombe, Falmouth, Dartmouth, Fowey and Northern Brittany. Mark Hocking has taken up the challenge of running the cruising programme in the summer months and assistance and ideas are always welcome. Please contact the individual secretaries for further information.

Dinghy Sailing

Roger Irvine runs the extremely popular Bosun Dinghy series from the RM Camber on Thursday evenings throughout the spring and summer months. Attracting a wide range of abilities with boats being drawn out of a hat each night, all levels should find this series both challenging and extremely enjoyable. Certainly some of the best sailors in Plymouth see this as the ultimate test of sailing skill with the overall trophy being hotly contested every year. RM Camber also run dinghy and powerboat courses throughout the year.


The branch now has 4 moorings at Jupiter Point for allocation to members, contact the moorings officer Ray Bailey for more information.

Visitors Moorings remain available for members at Salcombe, Yealm and Fowey. They are currently charged at a very reasonable £10 per night. The branch also subsidise 2 nights stay per member at the Mayflower Marina, contact the marina for details.

Winter Lay Up

A winter layup facility at Bull Point within Devonport Dockyard is available to members each year. This is very much a self help service with yachts lifting out together mid to late October and lifting in early April each year. Iain Petty is able to advise further with bids normally required to be with him by Jun each year for the following winter.


A comprehensive social programme runs throughout the season, focused around the cruising and racing calendar in the summer months with the Cruising fraternity undertaking winter walks whilst the yachts are laid up. The Branch will generally hold its annual prize giving in November with dinners being held at the start and end of the season. Full details are on the events page.

Branch Membership

All RN and RM personnel serving in the area are deemed to be RNSA Branch Members and are welcome to come and join in our activities.