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.

A Teenagers' Cruise Around Britain by Issy Taylor-Jones, Simon Brown and Peter Russell
Date: 18/12/2021

The summer of 2020 did not seem like a year to have wild adventures, it was a year of staycations and Covid claps, Captain Tom and his hundred laps. Wrabness picnics, and weekends in Walton had...

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A Short History of Yachting in the Mediterranean by Rod Heikell
Date: 08/01/2022

From the royal yachts of the pharaohs and the Victorians and Americans cruising in their pleasure palaces, to the explosion of yachting in the 20th century, Rod will take us on a fascinating...

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The Pioneer Sailing Trust by Felicity Lees
Date: 20/01/2022

Based locally at Harkers Yard, Brightlingsea, Essex, the Trust provides learning opportunities for young people to equip them with skills for life, both at sea and on land. Find out how this is...

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Sailing in the Baltic by Amanda Wright
Date: 05/02/2022

Through the Kiel Canal and into the Baltic on Infinity, an Oyster 406 deck saloon, exploring many unspoilt Danish Islands, the dramatic landscape of the West coast of Sweden and finally reaching the...

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Artistic Exploration of Antarctica by Paul Rodhouse
Date: 17/02/2022

Biological Oceanographer and artist Paul Rodhouse has spent his life working for British Antarctic Survey. He will introduce us to the art from the Antarctic expeditions from James Cook’s time to the...

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Near & Far and Photo Competition
Date: 05/03/2022

Each year the topics covered at this popular event include anything which will inform and entertain with a nautical flavour. If you have a story to tell in just 20 minutes please contact the Suffolk...

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Ocean Sailing by Clare Symes
Date: 17/03/2022

"We completed a 17 year circumnavigation in 2013 in our Bowman 48. The longest passage was from Galapagos to Hawaii, 4,800 miles; it took 36 days. We were enjoying the passage so much we didn't want...

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Smuggling on the East Coast by Andy Beharrell
Date: 02/04/2022

Over several centuries a surprising diversity of goods were traded between East Anglia, northern France and the Low Countries and this two way trade helped the local economies. Andy used the lock-...

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East Coast Early May Bank Holiday Rally
Date: 30/04/2022

Another event packed long Bank Holiday weekend for all CA East Coast Sailors, with or without a boat. Suffolk, Essex and Kent CA Members usually attend with a few from further away, and all are...

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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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