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 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 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 suffolk@theca.org.uk

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.

Fastnet '79 - A Lesson from the Past by Imre Vadasz
Date: 05/12/2020

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...

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Unmanned Vessels, MASS, and the IMO by Andrew Higgs
Date: 09/01/2021

An autonomous sailing vessel has already circumnavigated Antarctica finding its own way back to port in New Zealand. Andrew Higgs, one of the Younger Brethren of Trinity House and a Marine Lawyer,...

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Surveying Harwich Harbour by Meredith Scanlon
Date: 21/01/2021

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...

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Panama Canal and West by Ivan Chevous
Date: 04/02/2021

This exciting story is told by a local sailor - further details to follow. Date: Thursday 4th February 2021 at 13:30. The Talk on Zoom: You will be able to join us from anywhere you can get...

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Near and Far - Four Short Talks
Date: 27/02/2021

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...

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Admiral John Byng by David Davies
Date: 06/03/2021

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...

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The Antarctic by Owen Evans
Date: 25/03/2021

As Second Officer with the British Antarctic Survey, Owen spent time visiting both polar regions when his particular role was as Navigation Officer; this must have presented unusual challenges. He is...

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East Coast Spring Rally
Date: 01/05/2021

Another exciting long Bank Holiday weekend for all CA East Coast Sailors to join. Essex and Kent CA Members usually join us with a few from further away and all are most welcome. Activities: There...

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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 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

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.

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.

Solent

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.

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 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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