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
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.
Maritime Sayings by Terry Corner
Cruise Ship Lecturer and former Commodore of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Terry Corner, will entertain and educate us with stories of the origins of phrases that are commonplace in our language...Read more
Waves, Wheels & Sparks by Jeremy Batch
Sailing into the Electronic Age, another Illustrated Talk by this lively presenter who will take us on a journey from Ancient Egypt via: magnets, compasses, batteries and dynamos; electric motors,...Read more
How the Anglo-Saxons crossed the North Sea by Paul Constantine
It is in the Longshed in Woodbridge that a team of dedicated volunteers and experts are working on the Sutton Hoo Replica Project. Paul Constantine, a researcher on Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian ships...Read more
The Jubilee Sailing Trust
Sailing on Tall Ships, where the able and less able are treated equally; The Jubilee Sailing Trust has a unique mission: to give people of mixed abilities and circumstances the freedom to explore...Read more
Fastnet '79 - A Lesson from the Past by Imre Vadasz
A first hand account of one man's fight to survive during the notorious 1979 Fastnet storm should be of interest to all who venture offshore, cruising or racing. The 1979 Fastnet Race proved a...Read more
Unmanned Ships by Professor Andy Norris
Are ships with no crew a danger to yachtsmen? Come and find out more about the changing world of shipping. Andy Norris is a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He will give us a talk...Read more
Surveying Harwich Harbour by Meredith Scanlon
Meredith will tell us how they have surveyed the sea floor beneath our familiar sailing waters; and how the survey methods have changed in our lifetime. She is the Surveyor for Harwich Harbour...Read more
Panama Canal and West
This exciting story is told by a local sailor - further details to follow. Covid 19: Holding our Winter Talks will be dependent upon the rules governing this type of gathering; we will keep you...Read more
Near and Far - Four Short Talks
Each year the topics covered at this popular event range from exceptional cruises, cooking on board, wildlife, yachts, indeed anything which will inform and entertain with a nautical flavour; what...Read more
Admiral John Byng by David Davies
Convicted of "failing to do his utmost", Byng was executed on board the Monarch in March 1757; David Davies returns to Royal Harwich to regale us with one of his historical tales and we will learn...Read more
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