Welcome to the Suffolk Section
The Suffolk Section exists to bring together CA members who sail in Suffolk waters from time to time, who keep their boats in Suffolk orjust have an interest in the region. Not all are able to attend meetings, but enjoy keeping in touch. It is a social section with a programme based around monthly meetings over the winter period when talks are arranged.
The Suffolk Area
Home waters begin in the south with the River Stour, beloved of the painters Constable and Gainsborough. The River Orwell offers good sailing in beautiful surroundings and flows past the yachting village of Pin Mill made famous by authors Arthur Ransome and Maurice Griffiths, among others. An easy day’s sail north lies the River Deben, considered by many to be the loveliest of the Suffolk (and English) rivers, although the River Ore/Alde has an appeal of its own as it flows for 11 miles past Orford and the wild shingle of Orfordness. Further north are the ports of Southwold and Lowestoft. The area is relatively un-commercialised and it is easy to find a quiet anchorage away from the crowds - even in the height of summer.
Where We Meet
Meetings are held jointly with the Royal Harwich Yacht Club at their Woolverstone clubhouse on the banks of the River Orwell. They usually meet on a Friday or Saturday evening, as well as running day time events on Thursdays. There is time to socialise and for an optional meal before the main event. One highlight of each year is the rally held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, at the RHYC marina. Members of the Essex and Kent Sections and further afield usually join in.
There is also a daytime visit arranged to places such as the Harwich VTS centre or Chatham boatyard.
The CA has negotiated a discount from the cost of many training courses run by the Royal Harwich Yacht Club. You can see the details of all courses run by RHYC here.
Being part of our Section
CA members have access to a wide range of RYA courses, based at the RHYC, ashore and afloat. Members of the section receive a regular newsletter giving details of coming events, local Notices to Mariners and other items of interest. If you live, or keep a boat locally, or are just interested in the area, stay in touch with the activities of the section and join the meetings from time to time. Please contact CA House or one of the section secretaries to register your interest or if you have any queries.
My early days of Barging (from 1946), Jim Lawrence
Saturday 14th October 2017, Evening Meeting at RHYC, Woolverstone Bar open at 1800, meal 1845, talk 2000, finish approx. 2200 Jim Lawrence Barge master is well known on the east Coast,...Read more
Birds and Barges, Hands on sailing on the Thames Barge “Victor” to Hamford Water
Wednesday 25 October 2017, day time Barge Trip from RHYC Woolverstone Birds and Barges Hands on sailing on the Thames Barge “Victor” down the River Orwell to Hamford Water in the Walton...Read more
Reminiscences of a Cunard Master, Captain Ian McNaught
Thursday 9th November 2017, Morning Meeting at RHYC, Woolverstone 1100 for 1130 talk. Lunch available at the RHYC 1300. Captain Ian McNaught is now, after a career with Cunard Liners, the...Read more
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