Chairman: Andy Kendrick
Delighted to announce Andy Kendrick has volunteered to re-launch the East Coast Branch. Welcome to Andy
Spring Rally – 4th to 5th May 2018
Friday 4th May
Meet at Suffolk Yacht Harbour (SYH) where a provisional booking has been made for the evening. On approach, when in sight of the fairway mark off the entrance, call up on VHF CH80 and you will be issued with a berthing number.
Friday evening at leisure eating and no doubt imbibing a little!
Saturday 5th May
I have LW Harwich as 09.22hrs and HW as 16.01hrs and plan a sail of around 4hrs out to Landguard, across to Pye End and then sail up the Orwell with the flood under the bridge to lock in to Ipswich Haven Marina.
This sail is non-competitive but I suppose the old saying will apply “when two boats are sailing in the same direction ……..!” I should add, I would expect plenty of photos of other people’s boats to swap later.
I have visited Ipswich and Ipswich Haven Marina (ABP) have given us 10% discount on mooring fees and 10% discount for each on a meal in their on site restaurant (it’s because they think Sadlers are such great boats!) .
I have eaten there in the past and the meal was very good – Adnams ales for those interested.
So, Saturday evening, communal meal out with drinks (not obligatory!).
Sunday 6th May
I have left Sunday as fluid but open for discussion once we meet up in order that we can take into account those who may have travelled some distance to get there and may wish to depart on their return trip.
The river does have many options such as Pin Mill or Shotley to consider.
I realise (as do all the marinas) that this type of event is very much weather dependent but they have asked me to email them with approximate numbers of boats intending to take part and numbers for eating purposes.
Ipswich say the town will be busy that weekend and so booking wherever we eat will be highly advisable.
Can you email me by return your intentions so that I can collate numbers for marina berths and for meals out at SYH and IHM.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for the Spring Event.
Following a successful initial meeting of the newly resurrected East Coast Branch at Fox’s Marina, Ipswich on Saturday 10th February 2018 the programme for the season was devised:-
A Spring Meeting:
To take place in the River Orwell over the weekend 4/5/6 May 2018. Meet at SYH Friday evening or Saturday morning for a sail out to Pye End and then taking the ebb upto Ipswich (exploring the Stour is the inclement weather alternative). At Ipswich an evening of eating and drinking at a local hostelry. Dispersal at leisure on Sunday. This event jointly organised by Andy Kendrick and Rowly King (SYH resident).
No branch summer cruise organised this season due to most members having already made commitments. However, members may wish to make ad hoc arrangements to sail in company, and I for one will be heading for Holland, probably via Lowestoft for those interested. Ken Knowles is heading for the SSOA south coast event for the 40th Anniversary. Those also thinking of going might wish to consider an East Coast flotilla.
To take place at Brightlingsea over the weekend of 31 Aug/ 1/ 2/ Sept 2018. This event is being jointly organised by Roger Burrows and Janice Bell (Brightlingsea and Colne Yacht Club members) and I’m led to believe involves eating and plenty of refreshments, oh, and some sailing!
To take the form of a lunch and social at a venue convenient to the majority (yet to be decided) at the end of January/beginning of February 2019.
Fuller details of the events will be notified nearer the time by both email and FB. Please endeavour to give them your support.
SSOA East Coast Branch Spring Meeting 4th May 2018:
The East Coast Branch held it’s Spring Meeting 2018 over the early May Bank Holiday. It began with participants travelling from all parts of the East Coast to Suffolk Yacht Harbour (SYH) on Friday 4th May and gathering in the Lightship. There were 17 attendees on 7 boats – Bevorlac, Harmony, Islander, Jon-Jon, Reflection, Time Spirit and White Magic plus Neil Marshall who drove there as he intends to move his boat to the River Deben later in the season. A good meal followed by some good beer lent itself to a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.
At 11.00 hrs on Saturday 5th May the fleet departed SYH for a sail down the River Orwell, ostensibly heading for Landguard and then across to Pye End and back up river to Ipswich. A suggestion of foreshortening the sail due to a lack of wind was met with approval and most boats then turned near to the entrance of the River Stour and headed up to Ipswich with the start of the flood. The exception was Jon-Jon who completed the course. John Sturley, the skipper , professional as ever, merely commented “Where were you?” I didn’t like to demonstrate my lack of ability and those of several others by telling him we fell into a hole at the western end of Felixstowe docks, but we did, and now he knows! Before leaving SYH, I must mention the new shower block – excellent facilities including heated granite topped seats in the showers – luxury!
The fleet then sailed quite strung out in glorious hot sunshine but with little wind, up to Ipswich Haven Marina (IHM). There, allocated berthing kept the fleet in close proximity which provided many needed hands for some of the tight berthing. Saturday night was a communal meal in the Isaac Lord student pub/restaurant for 16 persons where we blended in quite nicely. The evening went on quite late for some back in the marina bar, didn’t it Andy J, Roger B, Janice B, Rowley K, oh, and I felt I had to stay as well!
Sunday was another glorious day, with some departing boats and again, many hands to assist really helped extricate some tight berths. A few, myself, Ray, Rowly and David went up to Christchurch Park to see a classic car and bike event. It was great to see all the old bikes and cars we learned to drive in. Rowly and David then departed leaving just Bevorlac and Islander and we used Andy J’s local knowledge and walked up to the Woolpack for another great meal and yet more drinks. I think there’s a theme with SSOA Rallies!
Monday morning , yet again hot and sunny with a light northerly breeze, arrived and Bevorlac and Islander departed for a tight squeeze into a busy Ipswich lock, two sailing boats amongst the gin palaces, and then out into the Orwell again. Bevorlac to The River Deben and Islander to the Walton backwaters. The end of a very enjoyable weekend. Everyone said how much they enjoyed it, to see other boats, the fantastic weather albeit with little wind but most of all what a great bunch the East Coasters are! Roll on the late August meet at Brightlingsea.