RHYC and Cruising Association Winter Programme 2024

Updated: 16th January 2024

Winter Talks: From October to April the Royal Harwich, in collaboration with the Cruising Association, present a series of talks on a wide variety of nautical topics for members and their guests.

Most of those attending the talks also choose to enjoy a sociable chat over a meal. However if you wish to attend just for the talk, you are also welcome. 

Talk Times:

Saturdays: Doors open at 18:00, Dinner at 18:45, Talk at 20:00.  

Thursdays: Doors open at 11:00, Talk at 11:30, Lunch at 13:00.  

Booking: All places for these events must be booked and paid for in advance. Booking will open about six weeks before each event and close a few days before the event.

Bookings on the events page of this website.

For the latest information on the Events click here to visit the CA Suffolk Website

or cut and paste this ULR into your browser:  https://www.theca.org.uk/events/list/270

We do hope that you will enjoy the talks and outing over the coming Winter Season,

RHYC – CA Suffolk Section Committee:

Simon and Georgette Harrison, Neil Brown, Tim Daley, Ian Feavers, Bram Van der Have, Dennis and Anne Kell. 

Contact: suffolk@theca.org.uk

Winter Programme: January to May 2024

Thursday 25th January – 11:00 – Cruising to Antarctica on a 1915 Dutch Herring Drifter by Andy Beharrell

Antarctica is one of the driest and windiest places on earth. In 2022 Andy Beharrell visited South Georgia and Antarctica on a 1915 Dutch Herring Drifter and will illustrate the talk with photos. 

Saturday 10th February – 18:00 – Scotland with Attitude by Cathy Brown

Their cruise through the Caledonian Canal to the Western Isles, adventures and encounters en route, as well as Cathy and Richard’s migration from sail to power will be the subject of this talk.

Thursday 29th February – 11:00 – Shotley Pier by its Rescuers with Peter Stebbings 

The volunteer directors of the “Shotley Heritage Charitable Community Benefit Society” will explain the history of this local landmark and the work being undertaken to restore it.

Saturday 2nd March – 10:00 to 16:45 – Seminar: The Thames Estuary and Beyond, chair Garth Cooper author of North Sea Passage Pilot and joint author of East Coast Pilot.
NB This will be booked through the CA 

For all those who sail, or wish to sail, in the Thames Estuary and further afield, with the latest information on navigating with the tides, around or over the sands, through the windfarms and across the traffic separation schemes; also covering routes to the near continent.

Saturday 9th March – 18:00 – “Near & Far” and Photo Competition
Photo entries on “boating” and emailed to Suffolk@theCA.org.uk

• Swedish Surprise – the Koster Islands by Amanda Wright
• The Canoe we Built by Dennis and Anne Kell
• Sailing a tall ship in New Zealand by Sue Iskander
• Mediterranean World Heritage Sites by Boat by Keith Pettican


Thursday 21st March – 11:00 – East Coast Shipwrecks by Robert Smith

London Walks Guide and historian, Robert Smith, has agreed to visit us in Suffolk to tell us about our local shipwrecks. He is an author, college lecturer and, as a guide, offers twenty historical walks.

Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May – East Coast Bank Holiday Rally

Another event packed long weekend for all East Coast CA Sailors to join. Come by boat, car, motorhome or on foot, for all or some of the activities.