Whitsands is a long stretch of beach to the west of Plymouth Sound. It is exposed and easily accessed either side of Low Water. For those who put the effort it can be very rewarding. Providing when the conditions are correct excellent front side wave sailing.
Suitable ability - Advanced
Ideal wind direction - SE / NW. It really is a low water sailing location best time to windsurf is 2 hours either side of LW.
Best Conditions - SE with a westerly swell.
Conditions to avoid
Sailing here 3 hours either side of hour water is hazardous, because you risk being cut of by the rising tide or being being washed up on to rocks. It is not the place to sail alone because it can be very remote, especially during the week. It is very rarely windsurfed.
Rigging Area and Launch access
Rigging is on the beach, the biggest issue is that it can be up to a 10 minute walk down to the beach, and with tired arms even longer on the way back up. There are two favored options for launching and parking. The first is as you turn on to the beach road you will pass a beach access named Tregantle and you will see a free parking area on your left. Opposite this is a firing range. This provides access to the largest of the beach's with plenty of open space at LW. Go through the gate and follow the path down to the beach. On the entrance gate there is a notice listing when the MOD firing range is in use. When the red flags are flying it is not possible to use this path.
The second option is Freathy car park which is a pay and display 15th March - 31st October. Parking here will allow you access to the beach via the footpath opposite the car parks entrance.
The beaches have life guards April through to September.
As you drive along the the cliff road towards Rame Head you will pass a cafe.
To Approach from Plymouth you would use the Torpoint Ferry to cross the Tamar and then follow the signs. If approaching from Cornwall, drive towards Torpoint along the A379 and then follow the signs.
Reactive Water Sports, Plymouth - 01752 403300
Local RYA training Centres
Reactive Watersports, Plymouth - 01752 403300
Polkerris Beach, Cornwall - 01726 813306
Siblyback lake, Cornwall - 01579 346522
Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth - 01752 404567