Phil Burrows
Commodore
   
 
Hello, I’m Phil Burrows, and I have the honour of being the Commodore of the ‘Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club’. We are a community based sports and leisure boating club located on the western shores of the beautiful Exe Estuary at Starcross, just South of Exeter in Devon. We are the custodians of a listed clubhouse, the Brunel Tower, c1847, built originally as a pumping house for the South Devon Railways revolutionary Atmospheric Railway. The system was designed by the great Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
 
As our name suggests we cater for a wide range of boating interests. Our very successful boat fishing section is well supported and caters for a wide variety of craft from small dinghies through to large high powered diesel craft traveling to deep water marks in search of the largest specimens. Our extensive cruising fleet can be found visiting the local ports of Lyme bay to the farthest reaches of the oceans. We operate programmes to suit all our interest groups and ability levels. The diversity of our members’ boating interests is one of our greatest strengths.
Our club is a ‘not for profit’ member owned, run and focused organisation whose sole purpose is to benefit our members and to facilitate for their safe enjoyment of their chosen activity within the marine environment. The majority of the tasks involved in the day-to-day running of our club are carried out by our members on a voluntary basis; this is the backbone of the club and a key part of our success. We are an integral part of our local community here at Starcross, and the wider marine community of Lyme Bay.

We offer our members a good range of facilities, based around our historic club house, these include, equipment storage, car parking, pontoon walk ashore, plus training, support and great social interaction. We operate 12 mouths of the year, in summer we are fishing and cruising whilst the winter months, affords us the opportunity to socialise, educate and plan.

SFCC welcomes visiting crews and a Visitor’s Mooring is available close to the clubhouse. GPS co-ordinates are advised on our cruising pages. Our pontoons give unique access to the western shore of the estuary and keep you clear of our famous mud. Please give us a call prior to visiting so we may make arrangements for your access through the security systems. You are most welcome to use our facility as a visitor, though the club is unable to accept any liability whilst you are with us.

Please enjoy your browse through our website which is intended to give you a flavour of our club and its annual calendar of activities. If you are interested in becoming a part of our club, give us a call, or better still drop in and meet us to see what we have to offer one another.

Best regards, Phil Burrows. SFCC Commodore.