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Moosk RYA Sailing Courses from Plymouth 2019

Moosk sailing in Plymouth Sound

Plymouth Bay as a Teaching Ground

Plymouth is Moosk's home port and all of Moosk RYA courses are beginning in Plymouth.

This is a fantastic teaching ground with plenty of shipping, ferries, yacht racing to sail between and learn about the nautical 'Rules of the Road'

There is interesting pilotage up the River Tamar or the River Lyhner for Day Skippers. Reasonably flat water for beginners behind the breakwater that protects the whole of Plymouth Sound. Popular spots to  anchor include Barn Pool for a BBQ, or the village of Cawsand for a seafood meal in the pub that sits on the county boundary.  Behind the Breakwater you will find Navy ships, yacht races, ferries to dodge and dozens of navigational marks at night. You are on the border with Cornwall, so you might just go for a 'foreign' foray.

Cawsand is a great anchorage in a Westerly
Cawsand is a great anchorage in a Westerly

Cornish Coast - Go West

Anchor off Looe Island or Polperro, pilot into Fowey Harbour in the dark, so sail in this historic harbour to practice your picking up moorings under sail or motor. There are some pontoons to practice coming alongside....and it is very pretty.

Pilot cutters leaving Fowey Harbour in Cornwall
Pilot cutters leaving Fowey Harbour in Cornwall

Eastwards: Devon Headlands, Rias and Secret Coves

Much of the Devon South Coast is quite inaccessible by road due to the large number of river valleys that rush to the sea from Dartmoor. In their lower reaches they once meandered, but sea level changes created drowned river valleys called rias. Heavily wooded these tidal waterways are great for water transport. The River Dart, Tamar, and the Plym are the most well known for sailors.

In between rivers are rugged headlands and cliffs with a variety of geology. Planning protection for Devon's coast in terms of 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and 'Heritage Coasts' mean has some great hideaways and secluded anchorages. Wherever you stop there is the SW Coast Path, which was originally created for the revenue men on horseback to patrol isolated peninsulas and bays to catch smugglers landing their contraband.

Beaches not accessible without a boat in Cornwall
Beaches not accessible without a boat in Cornwall

Salcombe - Golden Beaches & Yachting Mecca

Not many harbours have such perfect golden sands revealled at low tide. Salcombe is a holiday heaven for those who love messing about in boats, but very busy peak season. If you are lucky enough to get a mooring off the town you can admire you classic boat from the waterside inns.

Dartmouth & River Dart

Beyond Salcombe is another hidden entrance to Dartmouth and Kingswear. The river is gorge like with a bend in the river which hides the historic ports until you are almost off Town Quay.  The new harbour-master here in 2017 is actively encouraging the charter vessels to sail up the River Dart, creating a timeless scene for tourists and lots of sail handling for you.

Start Point & Hallsands

The iconic white lighthouse on this famous headland features in many maritime paintings, and marks the tide ripped Skerries sand bank. If you take the inside passage you might stop at the abandoned village of Hallsand, where buildings were claimed by the sea in a great storm.

Berry Head and Torbay

West of Brixham is the impressive Berry Head, its high limestone cliff's home to Peregrine falcons. The other side of the Bay is equally popular with rock climbers and you can sail past the distinctive Thatchers Rock.  It is rare to go East from here as the port choices are limited without covering big distances. In the Bay you might find one of the local Brixham sailing trawlers out for a sail.

Moosk well reefed and leaving Falmouth. Photo by Nigel Sharp
Moosk with one reef in - leaving Falmouth. Photo by Nigel Sharp

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