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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

19 March 2019General



ON FRIDAY 5TH. APRIL. 1900 FOR 1930hrs. RIG SMART CASUAL Please select your choices from the menu below: STARTERS 1. Avocado & prawn cocktail 2. Bangla prawns 3. .....

18 March 2019General

Camber Sailing Center Courses 2019


Course dates not to be missed...

17 March 2019General



SINGLE-HANDED RACES 2019 Fancy something different this season, then why not join in with the action packed Single handed Series SINGLE-HANDED RACES 2019 PLYMOUTH to SALCOMBE .....

17 March 2019General

Fishing gear Entanglements and how to report them.


A concern to boaters for many years and it has been on the RYA’s agenda for just as long. This is a big problem in the South West. We’ve all been there and seen a badly marked pot, .....

11 March 2019General

Dartmoor winter walk


Last winter walk before the sailing season. 24th Mar 2019 - Dartmoor - Fernworthy Reservoir - meet at the Main Car Park(one with Toilet block) 1000 packed lunch required. FREE Pint .....

20 February 2019General

Coastal Winter Walk


Winter walk II Dear all, Just a short email too remind you of the next winter walk. I’d hate for anyone to miss out! 24th Feb 2019 - Coastal walk- Meet outside the Mount Batten .....

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 .....

08 January 2019General

Plymouth Winter Walks


Plymouth Winter Walks are back! Start walking off that Christmas food and enjoy a walk and talk with fellow sailors. Make plans and compare refits. Full details on the events page. .....

21 June 2017General

Winter Lay up facility


The 2017/2018 Handbook for the Winter Lay-up facility in Bull Point is now available - see attachment to this Item. Members wishing to apply for a place should do so asap and no later .....

17 April 2017General

Rame Head NCI facility


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

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 .....

09 May 2016General

RNSA Moorings/Berths available in Plymouth area


New moorings have become available at Jupiter Point. These will be allocated by ballot on 21 May 16. The draw for future allocation of the Mayflower Marina berths will take place .....

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 Al Cummings 01752 557081 07866556830
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 Stephen Maltby 01752 872676 07770 782523
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.