Factory Point

Beginner to advanced


Greg Giordano and Pete Toth at Factory Point on a 5 meter day


Back River from satellite

Back River can be sailed in almost any wind direction, depending on your launch site. The North launch is called Messick Point and faces almost due S and will work on WSW to NE winds. The South launch, Factory Point, faces NNW and works on WSW to ENE winds. The shallow waters provide a Hatteras-like venue, especially convenient in the cold months. Just watch out for shallow waters at low tide.

When the winds are too offshore for Buckroe, a South shore launch here will be a good choice. Sailing out to the point, which is part of the Grand View Natural Preserve, will allow you to carry your gear over to the bay for open water sailing. You can also stay in the protected river for flat water slalom sailing.

The bottom is sandy to muddy but the mud is pretty clean. Booties are recommended due to small muscles and other shells found along the shore and in the shallows.

Launch sites include Bell Isle Marina half way down Dandy Point Road in Grand View. The marina management recently instituted a fee-for-system with details to be posted as I receive them. I believe there is an annual fee in addition to a daily fee for the occasional user with new amenities to be built and/or installed. The North shore launch is at the public boat ramp at the end of Poquoson Avenue in Poquoson.

 
 
Good points: Large parking area, grassy field for rigging, nice restroom; very shallow water, sandy to muddy bottom; great access to the bay; relatively calm waters even in strong coastal winds; concessions within a few miles; interesting wildlife.

Bad points: Not a free launch. Almost too shallow at low tide; can be infested with mosquitos, might find a snake.

 
 

Overhead view of Factory Point

 
 

Perspective view of Factory Point

Directions

South shore:
From Beach Sports drive West on Buckroe Avenue (away from the water) to Old Buckoe Road. Turn right and continue a couple of miles to Fox Hill Road. Turn right then turn left onto Beach Road. The Zooms that you pass will be the last chance for food and bathroom. After a couple of miles, turn left onto Dandy Point Road. Look for public boat launch sign. About half way down Dandy Point Road, turn right into Belle Isle Marina and go to the water. Do not park in the grass and observe any signs indicating a fee needs to be paid.

 
 

Aerial view of Factory Point South taken on August 12, 2005 from NASA Langley's Boeing 757 research airplane. Taken before the beach repleneshment of May 2010.

 
 
Local shop: Beach Sports Call 757-851-3224.

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