Lat:3658'04" Long:7616'51"

Intermediate to advanced

Formosa was sold and is no longer avalable for launching. Formosa is a motel/restaurant located on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk. It provides a great alternative to those on the peninsula looking for an open-water launch for North winds when it goes too far offshore at Buckroe. Rigging is somewhat sheltered from the wind by a dune line. Although rigging is on hard pavement, you should not have your gear blwoing around like at Willoughby. There is a very short walk over the dune and to the water line. Unlike the majority of Ocean View, a series of breakwaters here keeps the shorebreak down to a minimum, making it easy to get out even when it gets big on the outside. A North wind that is just offshore at Buckroe will be alsmost dead onshore with a slight bias to port.

Gary Tanner sailng along Ocean View

When sailing parallel to the beach, make sure you head toward the bridge-tunnel where you will find shallow water and lots of rideable, breaking waves. Over by the bridge you will often find water shallow enough to stand in. The bottom is sandy and clean as is the beach. There is usually very little traffic in the parking lot, making it relatively safe for your gear.

Best wind directions are Northwest clockwise to East.


Take I-64 to the Willoughby exit, 272. (first exit off the bridge-tunnel when heading East) Turn left at the yield sign and proceed to the curve and past Willoughby boat ramp. At the flashing yellow light, turn right and go one half mile to Formosa on the left. Pull to the rear of the lot and park in the near corner.

Good points:

Convenient to Willoughby and Day's Inn when the winds turn North, nice paved parking lot, clean sandy beach, breakwaters keep the shore break to a minimum, you can see the traffic on the bridge-tunnel while sailing so you can monitor traffic, porta-potties one half mile away at Willoughby boat ramp, food on-premises as well as nearby.

Bad Points:

Moderate current near bridge-tunnel, abrasive rigging area.

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