Welcome To Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club


A warm welcome to all fishermen, and women. SFCC fishing section caters for members, chiefly in boats, wishing to fish our local waters of Lyme Bay and South Devon areas.

Welcome to the cruising section of The Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club. We like to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy cruising in our beautiful local waters, and extended areas.

The Club organises a series of events throughout the year, ranging from Speciality Meals, Discos, BBQ’s, Bar Draws and impromptu ‘get togethers’, Annual Gala Night and Festive celebrations,

Here at SFCC we welcome new members to our club who are active in water based activities across the spectrum of boating pursuits. We regret that we are unable to provide purely social membership.

SFCC is committed to member training and is a certified RYA Training Centre. Courses run include; Day Skipper, Yachtmaster, Essential Navigation, VHF, First Aid, Diesel Engine, and Powerboat 1 & 2.

The club offers a range of 24/7 facilities to it’s members based around the historic Brunel Tower that dominates the shoreline at Starcross on the western side of the River Exe Estuary,

Cruising with SFCC

Welcome to the cruising section of The Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club. Please join us cruising with our well established friendly riverside club. We like to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy cruising in our beautiful local waters, and extended areas.

To help people achieve this and to enjoy the camaraderie of cruising in company we run a cruising schedule.

We believe that cruising in company, apart from adding to the experience, can offer friendly reasurance, and peace of mind, where needed.

Many of our club cruises go to familiar ports such as Torquay, Babbacombe, Brixham or Dartmouth, but for those of you who would like to be more adventurous, we may also cruise towards Lyme Regis, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands and the Brittany Coast. Each published cruise offers a named lead, for member contact.

We do welcome visiting cruisers, as well as other local clubs / boating folk, in joining us with prior arrangement of 72 hours. We have a club visitors mooring available for a minimum charge. The location is in deeper water and is suitable for vessels up to 10m long. Whilst fluctuations in the depth will occur, it was 3m at MLWS in 2016, The GPS co-ordinates are;
N 50 37.390 W 003 26.489

You may use this facility as a visitor, though the club is unable to accept any liability whilst you are there.

For further information please feel free to contact me in the following ways:

Richard Bentley – Cruising Captain



 07709 587814


Cruising Award Winners for the 2023 Season

Yandle Trophy – Offshore Cruiser Racing.

Andy Wright, Round the Island Race aboard “Donald Searle” 75′ sail training vessel.

Seamanship Trophy – For Demonstating Good Seamanship.

Tom McFarlane and Adam Coupe for towing a yacht with faulty engine from the fair water buoy back to its mooring.

Rowe Shackle Cup – Best Kept Log.

Bob Watson aboard “Erin” Westerly Pageant 23 – Dartmouth, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Exe – single handed.  Neat, tidy, and readable log.

Langdon Long Distance Trophy – Longest Cruise.

Simon Turl – Round Britain Cruise of 1733nm aboard “Maverick” a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 35′

West Exe Trophy – For a notable cruise on a yacht over 36′

John Addison – 750 nm from Sardinia to Greece aboard Paddy’s Beneteau Oceanis 50 with one overnight stop.

Gale Cruising Shield – Notable Cruise in a Boat <36′.

Sarah, Hannah, Faye & Richard Bentley for a rough passage to Guernsey.

Harris Trophy – Most Miles Logged in 7 Days.

Simon Turl aboard “Maverick” achieved 478nm as part of his round Britain trip.

Shapter Cruising Trophy – Most Miles Logged in One Season.

Dan Tucker for 981miles, 741 sailing and 260 power boating.

The Piney Trophy – For a First Channel Crossing.
Trevor Culley on “Gilken” a Sigma 36. 
Tomlinson Trophy – Saving Life at Sea.

Tom McFarlane for saving a girl in a rip tide at Barracane Beach, North Devon.

Blue Boy Trophy – Achievement by a Newcomer.

Tim, Tom and Issy Robinson for training & safely skippering “Wild Goose” their 50′ converted fishing vessel.

24 Hour Run Trophy – Furthest Distance in 24 Hours.

Kevin Brown Martin, “Delphi”. Dart – Lezardrieux. 98 miles.

The Sampson Cup – Personal Cruising Achievement.

Sam & Phil Drew aboard “Seahorse’ their 23′ Westerly Pageant 

The Graham Trophy – for Junior Achievement.

Charlie Puddefoot for enthusiasm in training, boating and fishing.


The Birdseye Power Trophy – for a notable cruise under power
Tom McFarlane for a cruise to Alderney and back in his 17′ rib in rough seas.
The Peter & Margaret Kidd Seaborn Trophy – Notable Cruise in a boat under 26′
Bob Watson for 200nm single handed cruise to the Channel Islands.

The West Exe Cup – Notable Training Achievement
Tori Ratcliffe – Outstanding effort and achievement demonstrated on the SFCC Power Boat Level 2 course.

Cruising Award Winners for the 2023 Season

Friday Forums

Sharing expertise and experience amongst members

At SFCC we are friendly and informal. We also know that if you’re new to boating it’s often helpful to learn from people who are a bit more experienced. That’s why we hold Friday Forums throughout the winter (when we aren’t using our boats) to learn new methods or just hear a talk about an interesting topic.

The ‘closed season’ winter / spring programme of events for 2023, organised by Steve Cowell our Fishing Secretary, is now complete.

More dates to be confirmed soon.

Any enquiries or suggestions for future forums should be directed to: forum.sfcc@gmail.com

SFCC Newsletter

SFCC hours

Our Members bar is open each evening other than Mon & Wed.

Tues 8pm – 11pm, Thurs & Fri 7.30pm – 11pm, Saturdays 6.30pm – 11pm, Sundays 6pm – 9pm


Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club, Brunel Tower, The Strand, Starcross, Devon, EX68PR
Pontoon Location:
GPS: 50°37’.656N / 003°26’.731W
W3W: obey.marathons.intelligible
North Mooring PC741 location:
GPS: 50°37’.674N / 003°26’.621W
W3W: forum.marathons.rush
South Mooring PC648 location:
GPS: 50°37’.389N / 003°26’.484W
W3W: punks.tutored.nicer


01626 891996