Suffolk Section Introduction

Welcome to the Suffolk Section

The Suffolk Section exists to bring together Association members who sail in Suffolk waters from time to time, keep their boats in Suffolk, just have an interest in the region. Not all are able to attend Section meetings, but enjoy keeping in touch. We are a social section with our programme based around monthly meetings over the winter period when we arrange talks by experienced speakers on a wide range of subjects.

The Suffolk Area

Our 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 the ports of Southwold and Lowestoft tempt the adventurous. 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. We meet at their clubhouse at Woolverstone on the banks of the River Orwell. We generally 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. There we are joined by visitors from the Essex and Kent Sections and further afield.

Each year we arrange a daytime visit to a place of nautical interest, such as the Harwich VTS centre or Chatham Boatyard.

The CA has negotiated a discount of approximately 10% 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 Training 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, we hope that you will want to keep in touch with the activities of the Section and be able to join our 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

2017 Winter Programme

Saturday 21 January, Near and Far, with Photo Competition
Thursday 9 February, East Coast Rivers Cruising Companion, Janet Harper
Saturday 18 February, Confessions of a Cruising Correspondent, Dick Durham (Repeat of 2016 Hanson Lecture)
Thursday 23 February, Clothing a Skillinger Crew in 1880, Jane Robinson
Saturday 18 March, Stress-Free Sailing, Duncan Wells
Thursday 23 March 2017, A Taste of the Southern Ocean, Cathy Brown
Saturday 29 April – 1 May, East Coast Spring Rally

To see seminars and lectures organised by members of the CA see here.

Interested in Finding Out More?

Please contact the Section Secretaries, Colin & Elspeth Iskander or David & Valerie Sadler, at or the CA Staff on or +44 (0) 207 537 2828