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. Covid-19 has prompted us to introduce the new option of accessing some of these talks live on Zoom for those unable to attend in person at the Club.

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.

The Changing Suffolk Coastline by Peter Wain
Date: 15/10/2022

The constant battle between man and nature continues. Our predecessors built dykes and reclaimed land to prevent flooding but winter storms often quickly reshape the coastline. Date and Time:...

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The Impact of Medieval settlements in East Anglia by Professor Mark Bailey
Date: 27/10/2022

Dunwich has gone, Orford Ness is going, learn how settlements have changed the East Anglian coast over the centuries. Professor Bailey is currently the president of the Suffolk Institute of...

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Bird watching from the deck of Thames Sailing Barge Victor
Date: 19/11/2022

Join us for a bird watching cruise on board the Thames Sailing Barge Victor along Suffolk's peaceful Orwell and Stour Rivers. Guide: Bird and wildlife expert Mark Nowers will be our guide....

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All about the East Coast Guides for Sailors by editor Garth Cooper
Date: 19/11/2022

Hear the latest about the East Coast Pilot, North Sea Passages, Roger Gaspar’s Crossing the Thames Estuary, and Explore with Imray. Date and Time: Saturday 19th November 2022, Doors open at 18:00...

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The River Deben, its history and its people, by Robert Simper
Date: 08/12/2022

Sailing on as many traditional types of boats as possible and endless travelling and research have made Robert Simper the authority on the history of the East Coast rivers, the people, and the boats...

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The British Divers Marine Life Rescue Group by Jo Collins
Date: 17/12/2022

Marine mammals and other species in need of help are provided assistance by BDMLRG and Jo and her team will tell us how they achieve this in Suffolk with some tips on how we can help. Date and...

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Felixstowe Docks, History and Operations by Simon Mullett
Date: 14/01/2023

Britain’s biggest and busiest container port handles around two thousand ship movements a year including the world’s largest container ships. Many East Coast sailors will have passed through...

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Marine Water Colour Painting in Retirement by Surinder Beerh
Date: 26/01/2023

Never having painted until ten years ago, Surinder is now an acclaimed artist producing wonderful paintings of boats and seascapes. Date and Time: Thursday 26th January 2023, Doors open at 11:00...

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Samuel Pepys and Harwich by David Davies
Date: 11/02/2023

This author of historic novels is a popular speaker at our Winter Talks and this time we shall learn about a famous man who has local connections.   Date and Time: Saturday 11th February...

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Platforms, Pirates and Pornography by Andy Beharrell
Date: 25/02/2023

The second world war army and navy forts were built offshore in the Thames Estuary to protect London from enemy air force and naval incursions.  He will also examine what is left of them and the...

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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.

East Midlands

Talks are held in various venues in the East Midlands.


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 at the Upper Thames Sailing Club in Bourne End near Marlow.


Talks are held at Lilliput Sailing Club, Poole.

West Midlands

Year round events held at Severn Motor Yacht Club, also winter meetings held at Ashwood Social Club Kingswinford.

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