Harbour Masters Notice 10/18
Vessel Interaction in Tor Bay Harbour
Kayaking and canoeing has regained popularity in recent years with many new types of craft becoming available to a wider market. Sit-on-top kayaks designed for fishing, leisurely paddling and surfing are popular in the Bay.
Whether your interest is simply in adventuring and journeying, or is more competitive, the best place to start is with a local club who can help you to learn the basics without having to invest in all the kit.
Exploring Tor Bay’s 22 miles of coastline by canoe or kayak offers an opportunity to see coastal features that many people are unaware of. Quite often this will be teamed with sighting of the Bay’s more elusive marine species such as seals, porpoises and dolphins whose natural inquisitiveness can bring them quite close.
There’s a huge range of designs available for different pursuits. Sit-on-top canoes are popular at the beach but once bitten by the bug you may want to upgrade to a more specific design for fishing or longer coastal passages. There are opportunities around the Bay
to hire a variety of craft, and local clubs offer taster sessions.
Clubs also offer training for beginners and improvers, and will advise on the correct personal flotation device (PFD) and other equipment you will need.
Like paddleboards, kayaks and canoes can launch from any beach but you are strongly advised to avoid harbour slipways in the interest of public safety. Beaches that have particularly suitable access for kayaks and canoes are Paignton, Preston, Goodrington, Broadsands, Breakwater (Brixham) and Meadfoot (Torquay).
For your safety please avoid entering Torquay harbour and keep well clear of busy fairways at Brixham Harbour.
This is a fast growing sport and whist many participants undertake plenty of training and ensure they carry all the relevant safety equipment, there has been a significant increase in more casual users taking up kayaking and canoeing. To ensure you stay safe whilst enjoying your paddling experience here are some basic tips and recommendations.
Tor Bay Harbour Authority welcomes all participants but we would prefer that you did not launch from the shipways in the enclosed harbours because the entrances get very congested. Your safety is our concern.
Be Prepared - always...
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