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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

03 January 2020General

RNSA Winter walks 2020


Happy New Year to all. Dear members and associated members, its back……… Winter walks that is! Next walk so you don’t forget.... Sunday 12th January 2020– Wembury Coastal walk– .....

02 August 2019General

Plymouth Branch - appeal for new committee members


The Plymouth Branch Committee needs new members to take on roles for Offshore Secretary, Port of Plymouth Sailing Association (PPSA) Representative and a Manager for the J80 Jackaroo. .....

02 August 2019General

Plymouth to Dartmouth Offshore yacht race


The RNSA Plymouth to Dartmouth Yacht race will take place on Saturday August 24th 2019. The final race of the PPSA Offshore series from Plymouth to Dartmouth will take place on Saturday .....

09 July 2019General

J80 - Jackaroo Summer sailing Opportunities


Crew are urgently needed to campaign Jackaroo over the summer period. Any level of experience. More crew are urgently needed to help campaign Jackaroo in Plymouth and Lymington and .....

30 June 2019General

Southampton Boat Show 2019


Britain’s biggest and best festival of boating, showcases a plethora of beautifully designed power and sail boats. Basking in the late summer sun, the finest yachts with the ultimate .....

30 June 2019General



The RNSA Plymouth Branch has two berths in the Mayflower Marina for use by FULL RNSA MEMBERS registered with the Plymouth Branch. RNSA MEMBERS BERTHS IN THE MAYFLOWER MARINA The .....

30 June 2019General



The RNSA Plymouth Branch has the use of three seasonal swinging moorings at HMS Raleigh Jupiter Point for allocation to RNSA FULL Members who are registered with the Plymouth Branch. .....

27 June 2019General

Plymouth to Roscoff Offshore Race 19 July 2019


The 3rd Race of the Plymouth Ullman Sails Offshore Series is open for everybody who wishes to take part. The race starts at 2000 on Friday 19 July and is the ideal way to start a .....

18 June 2019General

Devonport Bull Point Small Vessel Lay-up 2019-2020 Applications


Applications are invited for the Small Vessel Lay-up at Bull Point in Devonport for the Winter of 2019-2020 The application form, for anybody wishing to be considered for laying up .....

30 May 2019General

Plymouth to St Peter Port Offshore race 24 May 2019 - Results


The results for all 3 classes in the Plymouth to St Peter Port race are shown in the attached spreadsheet. The St Peter Port race was this year a largely downwind race with the light .....

14 May 2019Offshore

Plymouth to St Peter Port Offshore race 24 May 2019 - Early Bird Discount


Early bird discount ends at 1800 on 19 May Get the benefit of the early bird discount for this years race to St Peter Port and for a block entry to all three offshore races from Plymouth .....

26 April 2019Offshore kit and up for the challenge this season.


Great Wednesday evening racing in the Sound...! Talk to Rear Commodore Offshore or Plymouth Branch to get involved..........

29 January 2019General

Plymouth Calendar 2019 Season


Season Calendar 2019 Dear All, Please find the Calendar for the 2019 Season, I hope to see you at some of the events organised for you, if you wish to create an event please contact .....

Plymouth Branch Events


Please click here to see the events calendar.

Plymouth Branch Committee


Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Branch Captain Rory Rickard 0121 415 8875 07825 174502
Branch Chairman Neil Pearson 01822 854355 07932 875982
Secretary Jon Merritt 07980639343
Communication and Afloat Social Graham Baring 07771644409 07771644409
Treasurer Paul Davey 01752 837774(H) 01752 324231(W) 07886 001012
Offshore Yacht Racing Neil Pearson 01822 854355 07932 875982
Dinghies (RNSA) Roger Irvine 01752 668664(H) 07747 168553 
PPSA Vacant
Single- Handed Neil Moffatt 01752 893334 07962 111763
Examiner John Meaken 01752 873334 (H) 07971 050827
Moorings, Social & Trophies Ray Bailey 01752 893448(H)
Winter Lay-Up Iain Petty 01752 851947 07532237114
Cruising Mark Hocking 07974444127 07974444127
Drake Yacht Ocean Dragon Richie Paton 07930038514
J80 Alister Ley 07545142605
J80 Bosun and Assistant Offshore Sec Mark Lewis 07713337116

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, Roscoff and Dartmouth. 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. Neil Moffatt 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.