Where we Sail

Where we Sail

A Little History


Exeter University Sailing Club has had two homes in our history;

From our founding in 1949 we were based out of Starcross Yacht Club at Powderham Point on the River Exe, while this had the benefit of proximity to the University and the support of a great sailing community, unfortunately the tidal range, fast flowing currents, narrow channel and sandbanks made it a challenge to train in.

During the 2002-2003 season the club relocated to Roadford Lake, a man made reservoir just north east of Dartmoor and are now in our 20th year there of great sailing! While the lake is not as handy for access as Starcross, it does provide one of the best inland sailing experiences in the south west of England and has enabled us to develop beginners into great sailors and our club into the most successful in the history of British Universities and College Sport.

Roadford Lake


The reservoir is owned by South West Lakes and was constructed in 1989 for the purpose of supplying drinking water to Plymouth and the surrounding area. While part of the lake is a nature reserve, the majority of is available for Watersports and Fishing.


 The lake is home to the following:

Access to the Roadford Lake Sailing Club is from a track a third of the way up the west side of the lake signposted Roadford Lake Activity Centre.

Address: RLSC, Lower Goodacre, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton PL16 0JL, United Kingdom.