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.