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Welcome to the Rock Shrimper Owners’ website

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Situated along the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall, Rock is the home of the Cornish Shrimper, built locally at the Cornish Crabbers boatyard in Rock village.


The Shrimper is the predominant boat on the Camel Estuary, which is testament to the fact that these waters offer the ideal mix of competitive racing, day cruising and family outings. Every summer, Rock is abuzz with dinghy sailors combined with Shrimper sailors with the highlight of the calendar being the Camel Week Race Regatta, held by the Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club every August. This event brings sailors from all four corners of the UK together for an enjoyable sailing and social showcase.


In late June or early July the Shrimpers have their own dedicated week when boats compete keenly for the Peter Keeling Trophy. In addition there are many social and fun activities held including an informal golf competition for crews.


There is a further week for Shrimper sailing in September when Rock is quieter and the emphasis is on cruising. Cruises are arranged to sail along the coast to the beautiful Port Quin , Port Isaac,Trevose Head, and up the river to Wadebridge. The aim is to sail in a flotilla, have a picnic lunch rafted up and then a leisurely sail back to Rock in the afternoon.

Both weeks culminate in a 'Shrimper Supper' held in the Rock Sailing and Water Ski clubhouse.


The River Camel rises on the edge of Bodmin Moor and together with its tributaries, it drains a considerable part of North Cornwall. The river issues into the Atlantic Ocean between Stepper and Pentire Point, having covered a distance of approximately 30 miles. The river is tidal as far upstream as Wadebridge. The name 'Camel' derives from the Cornish language for the 'crooked one' in reference to the river's winding course.


Meanwhile, Rock has been an established popular holiday destination over many decades. Put simply, it has everything you could wish for. Alternative activities include;

  • golf - St Enodoc Golf Club offer 2x 18 hole courses / including the renowned James Braid designed championship Church Course (ranked #35 in Great Britain)
  • water-skiing - available through the Camel Ski School (located at Ferry Point)
  • surfing - Polzeath is a serious rival to Newquay and is one of the best surf spots around
  • fishing trips - available through various operators in Rock
  • cycling - the Camel Trail (Bodmin to Padstow) is a very popular day trip with wonderful coastal views
  • walking - the South West Coastal Path (National Trail) includes short or long scenic walks along the coast, including John Betjeman's grave at St Enodoc Church
  • family picnics - spots throughout the Camel Estuary with goregeous golden sandy beaches combined with little coves and rock pools (ideal for crab hunting)

Given that the Camel Estuary is tidal, there is always an opportunity during the day to try one or more of these in addition to sailing your Shrimper.

When you are not on the go, you will find an abundance of restaurants, shops and general amenities in Rock village with alternative options located at nearby Polzeath, Wadebridge and Padstow. The local seafood on offer is amongst the best that you will experience anywhere within the UK with Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant in Padstow continuing to receive plaudits from year to year. If you are short on time, then one option worth trying is to bring the fish and chips back with you onboard the Shrimper across to Rock, where you are sure to make others jealous.


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The area between Wadebridge and Padstow, including Rock, has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).


To access one of the other pages on our site, please follow the links listed below:

Key Dates -

News & Results -

Useful Links -

Photo Gallery (General Album) -

Photo Gallery (Camel Week Racing Album) -

Photo Gallery (Shrimper Fest Album) -


SOA Rock - Contact

John Murray-    Firebird 439

Hon Sec (Rock)


Tel: 01208 862656