New entrance set to be a great help

PUBLISHED: 11:16 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 10 June 2010

OVER the Spring bank holiday weekend, Exe Sailing Club was delighted to act as host to a fleet of 17 visiting yachts and crews from the Royal Dart Yacht Club, on their Annual Spring Cruise, writes Mike Rice.

OVER the Spring bank holiday weekend, Exe Sailing Club was delighted to act as host to a fleet of 17 visiting yachts and crews from the Royal Dart Yacht Club, on their Annual Spring Cruise, writes Mike Rice.This marked the first major group visit of yachtsmen to the Exe Estuary since the buoying of the new (Swashway) entrance to the navigable channel through Pole Sands.Yachtsmen, in recent times, have been wary of the entrance to the estuary with its strong tides and shallows. However, the newly buoyed navigation makes a visit to the Exe a much more attractive proposition, and the Club looks forward to welcoming more visitors to our beautiful estuary and to hospitality in the town. Crews from Dartmouth were able to enjoy a celebratory dinner at the Clubhouse, to visit the Warren and its wildlife, to traverse the River Exe as far as Turf Lock, and to enjoy events at the Exmouth Festival.In welcoming the visitors at dinner, Exe Sailing Club Commodore Frankie Upton expressed the wish that Exmouth will become a more frequented haven for visiting sailors, with all the unique biological diversity, spectacular sunsets and natural beauty it has to offer.Responding, Peter Forey of Royal Dart Yacht Club, who arranged the visit with the Exe Cruiser Captains recommended the Exe as a priority destination for sailors and was generous in his praise of Exmouth's hospitality, looking forward to future visits.Boats from Exe Sailing Club joined their visitors on the first stage of their return journey, meeting up at Anstey's Cove near Torquay for a picnic and enjoying Bank Holiday Monday's unexpectedly fine weather.Excellent weather returned the following weekend when the club hosted an open event for the RS Vision two-person dinghy. The Exe SC training centre's fleet of these robust and versatile craft were all being raced, by a mix of competitive and less experienced racers. Three races were run in ideal conditiions that gave good breezes and warm sunshine. Exe SC's new club professional, Jen Miller, who organised the event said: "Congratulations to everyone who took part, it was a very enjoyable day and we hope to run the event again in the future and hope for a few more visiting entrants".

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