St Johns lake is just outside the city of Plymouth, North of the entrance to the river Tamer from Plymouth Sound.  This is a flat water location with plenty of opportunities.  To the east you have the back drop of Devonport on the river Tamar and to the South and West the view is of rolling Cornish country side.  It provides user friendly tidal sailing suitable to all abilities in the right conditions.  At low water it is considered to be one of the SW best speed sailing spots, with local sailors regularly clocking GPS speeds of over 35kts.  The flat water is also a great environment for modern freestyle.  Otherwise it is the perfect spot for intermediate sailors to perfect their water start and planning skills.



Suitable sailing level

Start Windsurfing - Advanced







Ideal wind direction

The location works in most directions but it is best that beginners and intermediates avoid anything with north in it as this gives a off shore wind.

The speed sailors and Freestlyers will tell you that it  is at its best either side of low water in either a southerly or a westerly.  Where mud / sandbanks provide almost completely flat water.  This is also perfect for those wanting to perfect the carve gybe.  At HW with a moderate breeze it can be the perfect location for intermediate sailors.

Wind against tide conditions can provide a good introduction to bump and jump conditions. 

Off shore conditions should be treated with caution, so should a strong spring ebb tide in a S-NW wind.

Local hazards:

Other water users need to be taken into consideration.  The Royal Naval dockyard is to the east and if you venture to close you will end up having words with the military police, who will ask you to move on.  You need to keep 100m clear of all naval ships and 150m clear of submarines.

Rigging area and launch access:

The sailing area is easily found.  If you catch the Torpoint ferry from Plymouth, take the first left on to Ferry Street then left again on to Chapledown Road.  You will then always see a local sailors van in the parking area (They will always be their first if its windy enough).  Parking is on the road, it is in residential area therefore be conscientious of the residents.

If approaching from the west take the  A374 off the A38 drive through Torpoint and turn right onto Ferry Street just as you approach the Torpoint ferry and then onto Chapledown Road.


The rigging area is on a patch of grass next to the sailing area.  At low tide there is up to a 100m walk across mud/sand/seaweed to the waters edge.


The village of Torpoint is only 4 mins drive away, it has public Toilets, Pubs, a supermarket and pasty shops. 


Nearest windsurfing shop:

Reactive Water Sports, Plymouth  -  T: 01752 403300