East Coast August Bank Holiday Rally

Another event packed long Bank Holiday weekend for all CA East Coast Sailors, with or without a boat.

Suffolk, Essex and Kent CA Members usually attend with a few from further away, and all are most welcome.

Booking details at the bottom.

Outline Programme

Saturday 28th August: Arrival with Passage “Race” and Pontoon Party (indoors).

Sunday 29th August: Organised Tour to Harwich: shared transport to Shotley for the Foot Ferry to Harwich with a guided tour of the town including visits to the Mayflower Centre and Capt. Jones’ House.

Alternatively join a Cruise with Clues on the river Orwell in your own boat.

Evening: Three Course Dinner at the Royal Harwich YC, preceded by a private Art Exhibition viewing, and followed by a short quiz.

Monday 30th August: Walk along the riverbank for coffee at Pin Mill, and departure.

Venue: Royal Harwich Yacht Club on the River Orwell.

Transport: Please come by boat (preferential mooring rates), car, motor home* or on foot for all or some of the activities. (To park a caravan or motor home, please contact MDL Marina on 01473 780206. A charge is made by MDL). There will be shared transport to Shotley for the Foot Ferry to Harwich.

Detailed Programme

Saturday 28th August

Passage Race: This is based on predicting your Estimated Time of Arrival at the RHYC whether by boat or by car on Saturday. Anyone can win! All you have to do is: plan a passage to RHYC Race Line (marked by the white race hut on the Club lawn & 2 white posts on the Nacton shore). If arriving by car, the finish line is at the car park entrance. The passage must be of at least 30 minutes duration. More information will sent nearer the time to those participating.

The Club will be open for food and drinks from 12 noon each day.

Indoor Pontoon Party at 17:30 upstairs in the RHYC Orwell Room. Please bring a bottle and some finger food to share. Glasses will be provided.


Sunday 29th August

Day Trip to Harwich:

09:20   Meet at RHYC, drive in shared transport to Shotley Marina

10:00   Foot Ferry to Harwich

10:15   Meet guide for Historic walk round Harwich including a visit to the new Mayflower visitor centre and Captain Jones house.

12:15   Own lunch arrangements (list of pubs will be supplied)

14:50   Return by Foot Ferry to Shotley, alternative times possible if arranged beforehand with your driver

15:00   Optional visit to HMS Ganges Museum

16:00   Depart Shotley Marina for RHYC

N.B. Drivers and passengers will need to agree on their itinerary before leaving RHYC

Cruise with Clues on the Orwell and Stour from RHYC:

This is an alternative to the Day Trip to Harwich. Meet the organiser at 09:00 on the RHYC lawn. Should the weather prevent the cruise from taking place, participants will be able to complete the tasks without leaving their berth.

Evening: Art Exhibition, Dinner & Speaker, short Fun Quiz:

Private Viewing of the Art Exhibition, with welcome drink.

18:30 Gather in RHYC Clubhouse

19:00 Three Course Dinner

Starter: Either Smoked Duck and Onion Marmalade  OR  Moroccan Lamb skewers with mint sauce

Main: Either Lemon and Pesto marinated Chicken breast, roast new potatoes, asparagus and creamy garlic sauce, OR  Salmon and herbs wrapped in filo pastry served with creamy leeks and baby potatoes

Dessert:  Banoffee salted caramel crunch  OR  Strawberry Tart with whipped cream

Please select one option for each course from the menu above and enter your choices on the Booking Form. Please also indicate any special dietary requirement. A vegetarian meal will be available.


Monday 30th August

Join us for a walk along the River Orwell and treat yourself to a coffee at Pin Mill.


Booking your places on the Rally

    Please download, complete and send your booking form, and the dated Declaration if applicable, with full payment to:

    • Either by Email to Susan Vanner, Suffolk Section CA Treasurer: susanvanner@hotmail.com.  Bank Transfer details: Suffolk Section Cruising Association, A/C: 00433486, Sort Code: 30-99-85. Bookings by email close at 24:00 on Sunday 15th August.
    • Or by Post to Susan Vanner, Suffolk Section CA Treasurer, Gainsborough House, 3 Viking Close, Gislingham, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 8JY. Cheques should be made payable to Suffolk Section Cruising Association.  Bookings by post must be received by Saturday 14th August.

    This is a link to Download the Booking Form

    If you should have to cancel your booking, two thirds of the payment will be refunded to you if you cancel by 15th August. No refund will be made if you cancel after 15th August.