Suffolk

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 and Barges, Hands on sailing on a Thames Barge **Sold Out**
Date: 25/10/2017

Please note: This event is sold out but if there is sufficient interest a further trip may be arranged. Please contact the RHYC Office on 01473 780319 to register interest.   Wednesday 25...

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Reminiscences of a Cunard Master, Captain Ian McNaught
Date: 09/11/2017

Thursday 9th November 2017,  Morning Meeting at RHYC, Woolverstone 1100 for 1130 talk. Lunch available at the RHYC 1300. Captain Ian McNaught is now, after a career with Cunard Liners, the...

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Cruising to and in the Netherlands
Date: 18/11/2017

Saturday 18 November 2017, all day seminar at RHYC Woolverstone A seminar covering getting there, the weather that might be encountered on the way, places to visit and routes to follow....

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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 suffolk@theca.org.uk or
CA staff at office@theca.org.uk or +44 (0) 207 537 2828.

Cruising Sections

Baltic

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

Biscay

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.

Celtic

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.

Channel

Covers Northern France from the Belgian border to Normandy and the South Coast of England. Holds a popular introductory seminar every spring, and organises summer rallies.

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.

Mediterranean

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

Antipodean

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.

Essex

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

Kent

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

Lyme Bay

Talks and walks are organised over the winter.

Solent

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

South West

Members meets in two locations, one in Plymouth and one in Falmouth.

Suffolk

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.

Wessex

Talks are held at Parkstone Yacht 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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