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.

Forthcoming Events

Birds by Barge: Wildlife Watching from Sailing Barge Victor
Date: 19/02/2020

An exciting opportunity to go wildlife watching on a cruise on the scenic River Stour aboard the sailing barge Victor. There will be an wildlife expert aboard to help you enjoy the thousands of birds...

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Barges and Bread - Di Murrell
Date: 21/02/2020

Friday February 21 - 1800 Royal Southern YC in Hamble

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Near and Far
Date: 22/02/2020

Suffolk Section's annual 'Near & Far' evening talks will this year include Pacific Sailing, the Sommen Estuary, the Bristol Channel and Cruise the Ouse (Ely to Bedford). Entries from the...

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The Work of RATS, James Collier
Date: 07/03/2020

The CA's Regulations and Technical Services Group (RATS) works on behalf of members to advise and campaign on matters affecting cruising boaters; in small boats, sail or power, offshore, inshore or...

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Suffolk Crewing Meeting
Date: 14/03/2020

This meeting gives you a chance to meet local sailors, whose objectives range from crossing oceans to cruising local waters, and is open to any skippers looking for crew or any sailors looking for...

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March Memorial Lecture, in Memory of Brian Hammett
Date: 20/03/2020

The special evening will be a talk by Julia Jones, a well-known local author, sailor and the present owner of Arthur Ransome's Peter Duck and her talk will combine a tribute to Brian Hammett with...

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Galloper Offshore Wind Farm
Date: 26/03/2020

Located 27km off the Suffolk coast, the Galloper Wind Farm has 56 turbines and generates enough energy each year to power 380,700 of the average UK households! Sean Chenery, Operations &...

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East Coast Rally 2020
Date: 08/05/2020

This year's rally begins on the historic 75th anniversary of VE Day, kicking off with an all-weather pontoon party (indoors in the Royal Harwich Yacht Club Orwell room). There is a packed itinerary,...

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To see seminars and lectures organised by members of the CA see here, or to see a calendar of all events see here.

Interested in Finding out More?

Please contact the Section Secretaries, Colin and Elspeth Iskander or David and Valerie Sadler 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. Meets spring and 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.


Winter talks are held in Maidstone, and joint rallies are organised with Essex and Suffolk sections.


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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