Panoramic View of Exmouth Estuary ('The Duckpond')
Panoramic shot of Exmouth Estuary ('The Duckpond').

Exmouth is a very nice location offering conditions suitable for just about every level and any wind direction. The estuary ("Duckpond") is ideally suited to beginners and "gybe virgins", as it offers very safe conditions and shallow flat water. Intermediate and advanced sailors will normally sail from the main seafront. The duckpond is only sailable an hour or so either side of high tide, so check the times before you drive! There is no substitute for local knowledge, so if in doubt pop into Waterfront Sports on the seafront and ask for some advice. The main beach at Exmouth is lovely and sandy, so it's also a good location for keeping non-windsurfing partners happy!

Map overlooking the sailing area (duckpond), and local information

OS Map with Aerial Photo

Flat Water: YES
Wind Chop: Tiny
Waves: NO
Beach: Mud
Wind Direction : ANY

Car parking : YES (Payed)
Toilets : YES
Café : NO

Nearest Windsurf Shop : Waterfront Sports, Seafront

Wind information and Webcams can be found here and here.

Tide information can be found here.

Exmouth is located on the South coast of Devon, approximately 10 miles South-East of Exeter. Access is via the A376, from either the M5, A30, A38 or A3052. Turn right at the first roundabout, and right at the second. Go left at the seafront (opposite the main car-park), and park next to the grass area. Pay at the machine in the main car-park during the summer season.

Car park spaces are limited, so it can get full quickly on sunny days. Just use the main car-park if it's busy. There is plenty of grass to rig on, and the launch is easy if a bit muddy. You'll have to wade out quite a long way if you have a big fin, as the edges are VERY shallow. The whole area is generally not much more than waist deep, until you sail out into the estuary proper, so watch out for the sandbars and shallowest sections. (It's a great place to sit and watch some spectacular catapults by the unwary...!)

Launching area is shown by the red arrow. Aerial Photos & Maps from Multimap and GetMapping

The photos below should give an idea of the range of conditions found at this location. The larger images have a description of the conditions at the time the shot was taken. If you've got any good photos that you'd like to see here then email me and I'll add them on if possible.

Typical Sailing Conditions

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