5 day sailing ideas from Plymouth

May is a great month to be out on the water, especially when we’ve got two long weekends in the form of the bank holidays which open and close the month.

So what to do with all this extra time? If you’re looking for ideas for day sailing destinations from Plymouth, we’ve pulled together our top five to help with your planning.

All that remains is to pack up a picnic and a bottle of something cold and set sail for a great day sailing from Sutton Harbour Marina.

5 Day Sailing destinations from Plymouth


Cellar Bay, River Yealm 

A lovely secluded beach and swimming spot that is difficult to access from land, making it a peaceful destination even on a busy bank holiday.

It’s a great sheltered option in an easterly, plus you’ll find lots of space offshore to drop anchor and relax

Feeling peckish? Why not tie up alongside one of the two local pubs, the Swan Inn or the Ship Inn.

Sailing distance from Plymouth = 5 n.m



One of the prettiest towns in South Devon, Salcolmbe is a great place to visit all year round. There’s a beautiful harbour and sea views to enjoy, plus deep water swinging moorings and pontoons.

The beaches are fantastic, think turquoise sea and golden sands, so whether you decide to stay onboard or head to land, you’ll be spoilt for choice for a stunning place to spend the day.

Again, as a bustling town, you’ll find plenty of food and drink options, plus lots of lovely little shops to peruse.

Sailing distance from Plymouth = 24 n.m

Newton Ferrers

A charming village on the banks of the Yealm estuary, Newton Ferrers is a peaceful destination surrounded by creeks and woodlands.

You’ll find good mooring options as a visiting yacht, plus a local boatman provides a water taxi service in spring and summer.

Definitely one for nature lovers, you’ll no doubt spot sealife and birds while you sit back and soak up the peaceful surroundings.

Sailing distance from Plymouth = 6 n.m



An historic Cornish fishing town with a distinctive banjo-shaped pier that marks the harbour entrance, Looe is a charming stop where you’ll find shops, cafes, restaurants and other facilities.

As a working fishing village, the commercial activities of the trawlers prevent dropping anchor in the harbour, but there are quayside berths on the port side.

Looe harbour is tidal, so be sure to check tide times before you depart as you’ll have no access at low tide.

Sailing distance from Plymouth = 13 n.m

Cawsand Bay

A pretty sailing destination just a short hop from Sutton Harbour Marina, Cawsand Bay is just off the twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, on the Rame Peninsula.

You’ll find plenty of space for anchorage in the bay, plus easy landing on the beach should you wish to come ashore.

With the exception of an easterly wind, this is a sheltered, relaxing spot to spend a day, with a number of local pubs and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park within reach if you wish to stretch your legs.

Sailing distance from Plymouth = 4 n.m


Berthing in Plymouth

Plymouth really is a wonderful place to berth your boat, as you have so many wonderful sailing destinations on your doorstep.

If you’re unsure where to berth your boat in Plymouth, why not speak to the helpful Sutton Harbour team who can give you more details about our sheltered, fully-serviced marina in the heart of Plymouth.