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 or just 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 and What We Do

Meetings are held jointly with the Royal Harwich Yacht Club at their Woolverstone clubhouse on the banks of the River Orwell. For our Winter Talks we meet on Saturday evenings, as well as during the day on Thursdays, and there is time to socialise and to enjoy a meal.

All day seminars are normally fully booked: they focus on a sailing destination suitable for a summer cruise from Suffolk, and include presentations on many allied topics of interest to those planning such trips.

Outings to sites of maritime or cultural interest in Suffolk and beyond include a guided tour which adds greatly to the day.

One highlight of each year is the Spring Rally held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, based at the RHYC marina. Members of the Essex and Kent Sections, and some from further afield, usually join in.

CA members have access to a wide range of RYA courses, based at the RHYC, ashore and afloat, and the CA has negotiated a discount from the cost of many of these. You may see the details of all these courses on the Royal Harwich Yacht Club website.

Being part of our Section

In the Members area of the CA website, you may register to join the Suffolk Section. You will then receive regular Newsletters giving details of coming events and other items of interest. Please contact the Suffolk Section Secretaries if you have any queries at

Forthcoming Events

Details of the Suffolk Section Events appear below and you may find out more, and reserve places, by clicking 'Read More' under each Event.

Natural History of Coasts and Estuaries - A Photographic Journey by Liz Cutting
Date: 13/01/2024

Liz has a passion for the outdoors - walking, wildlife watching and especially wildlife photography; living near the Suffolk/Essex border enables her to watch and photograph a variety of nature and...

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Cruising to Antarctica by Andy Beharrell
Date: 25/01/2024

Antarctica is one of the driest and windiest places on earth. It is the single biggest mass of ice in the world and can sometimes be up to four miles thick. The continent as a whole contains about 90...

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Suffolk Photographic Competition 2024 - Final Call for Entries
Date: 31/01/2024

Calling all Photographers! The time has come to select your best photos of the 2023 sailing season and to enter them in our very popular Suffolk Photo Competition. Last year's winning picture...

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To Scotland with Attitude by Cathy Brown
Date: 10/02/2024

Past editor of Cruising and still a columnist, Cathy will reveal all about her and Richard's trip through the Caledonian Canal to the Western Isles, their adventures, and encounters en route, with a...

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Shotley Pier, Past, Present and Future, by its Rescuers
Date: 29/02/2024

RHYC Member, Peter Stebbings, with another volunteer director of the “Shotley Heritage Charitable Community Benefit Society”, will explain the history of this local landmark, and the work being...

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The Thames Estuary and Beyond - All Day Seminar chaired by Garth Cooper
Date: 02/03/2024

For all those who sail, or wish to sail, in the Thames Estuary and further afield, with the latest information on navigating with the tides, around or over the sands, through the windfarms and across...

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Near and Far - Short Talks plus Photo Competition Judging
Date: 09/03/2024

Each year the topics covered at this popular event include anything which will inform and entertain with a nautical flavour. If you have a story to tell in just 20 minutes please contact the...

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East Coast Shipwrecks by Robert Smith
Date: 21/03/2024

London Walks Guide and historian, Robert Smith, has agreed to visit us in Suffolk to tell us about our local shipwrecks. He is an author, college lecturer and, as a guide, offers twenty historical...

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East Coast Bank Holiday Rally
Date: 04/05/2024

Another event-packed Bank Holiday weekend for all CA East Coast Sailors. Suffolk, Essex and Kent CA Members usually attend with a few from further away, and all are most welcome.  Activities...

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Suffolk Event Dates for Winter 2024-25
Date: 12/10/2024

The Suffolk Winter 2024 - 25 Talks start on Saturday 12th October 2024. The dates of all the events are listed below. We shall be meeting at our normal venue, the Royal Harwich Yacht Club on...

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To see all seminars and lectures see here, or the calendar of all events see here.

Interested in Finding out More?

Please contact the Section Secretaries, Simon and Georgette Harrison at or
CA staff at or +44 (0) 207 537 2828.

Cruising Sections


Covers the Baltic Sea, Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Faroes. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring.


Covers Western France, Spain and Portugal as well as crossing Biscay. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring.

Blue Water

For those sailing outside of European waters. Holds a popular Blue Water seminar in the summer.


Covers waters from Land’s End to Cape Wrath. Meets at various west coast venues to share knowledge on all aspects of cruising the region.


For those cruising the south coast of the UK, Channel Islands, and France from the Belgian border to NW Brittany. Holds an annual seminar and summer rally/cruise-in-company.

European Inland Waterways

Covers over 30,000 km of navigable rivers and canals passing through over 20 countries. Annual seminar and lunch each autumn at CA House.


Covers the Mediterranean from Spain and Morocco in the west to the Levant in the east, and includes the Black Sea. Meets at CA House in the winter, and afloat in the summer.

North Sea

Covers the UK, Belgian and Dutch coasts. Meets at East Coast venues to share knowledge on all aspects of cruising the region.

Local / UK Sections


For members who live in Australia and New Zealand and who sail in the Northern Hemisphere.

CA London

CA London events are held at our Limehouse HQ.


Meetings held at Blackwater Sailing Club and mid-week lunches arranged.


Kent Section's 'Winter Warmers', talks by a variety of speakers, will be held via Zoom for the forseeable future.


Summer rallies with weekend meets. Winter talks with ‘club’ suppers usually at a Hamble yacht club or marina.

South West

For members living in or cruising the areas from Portland Bill to the Isles of Scilly and along the north coast of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to Bristol.


Joint meetings are arranged with the Royal Harwich Yacht Club at Woolverstone.

Thames Valley

Winter talks are held in partnership with the Gerrards Cross Sailing Association (GXSA) at Colston Hall at The Memorial Centre in Gerrards Cross.


Talks are held at Lilliput Sailing Club, Poole.

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