Instow has a fleet of 30+ Sprint 15s who all race in sport mode. It is a beautiful spot on the estuary of the rivers Taw and Torridge where it flows out into the Bristol channel. It is known as heaven in Devon and the winds and tides can really be something. Local hot shots are Annette Maddison, Mike Rainer and Pete Ewing. And with a pack of very competitive sailors always snapping at their heals competition for places is always fierce.
Keith Heason is the fleet captain, and you can always be assured of a warm and friendly welcome when you visit.
Visitors are always welcome to their Open Week where 60-70 boats participate,
this is always in the first or second week in August. There is a long sandy
beach at Instow and is always busy during the summer with visitors. They are the
only Dart 15 Club in the South West and suffer from the disadvantage that they
are 250 miles + from the other big Dart Clubs.
DIRECTIONS TO INSTOW
Instow is between Barnstaple and Bideford on the B3233. At junction 27 on the
M5 take the A361 to Barnstaple. At the first roundabout outside Barnstaple
take the A39 to Bideford and come off the A39 just before the new bridge that
spans the river Torridge. Follow the signs to Instow (B3233) which is about
one mile. On entering the village the Yacht club is on the left by the railway
The village has one 3* hotel, 3 pubs which all provide good food and an up
market restaurant. The area is a tourist resort and the May Bank holiday will
be busy, accommodation should be booked early to avoid disappointment. Instow
has a large sandy beach which affords good views of all Dart 15 racing. The
beach is also ideal for children and in the event of wet weather there is plenty
of indoor activities close by to keep them happy.
The following are all in Instow. For others in Bideford ring the Tourist office on 01237 421853/477656.
Commodore Hotel, Marine Parade, Instow, EX39 4JN Tel no 01271 860347
Mrs.V.Murch, 'Clonmere', Welch's Lane,West Yelland,Barnstaple,EX39 3HE Tel.01271 860542
Steve Lock, TheQuay Inn,Marine Parade,Instow Tel.01271 860624
Mrs.L.Vincent,Summerfield,New Road,Instow Tel.01271 861468
Mrs.Gaglione, Carlyn,53 West Yelland,Barnstaple Tel 01271 860672
Mrs.A.Stoop,Huish Moor Farmhouse,Huish Lane,Instow. Tel.01271 860450
Annette Maddison,Ellerton,Glenburnie Rd.,Bideford Tel.01237 470393
Lower Yelland Farm,Yelland,Barnstaple.Tel.01271 860101
There are many other B & Bs locally but not in Instow. Contact Bideford Tourist Office for details on 01237 421853/477676
Mrs Webb 01271 860092,
Miss Peggy Lines 01271 860834
Braddicks Holiday centre, Merley Road, Westward Ho, 01237 473263
Knapp House , Churchill Road, Northam, Bideford EX39 1NT 01237 478843
There is a limited amount of space for Camper Vans in the Yacht Club boat park.