East Coast Early May Bank Holiday Rally

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 most welcome.

Postponed from August 2021, this event will now be held over the early May Bank Holiday 2022. Booking will open in January 2022.

Outline Programme

Saturday 30th April: Arrival with Passage “Race” and Pontoon Party (indoors).

Sunday 1st May: Organised Tour to Harwich: shared transport to Shotley for the Foot Ferry to Harwich with a guided tour of the town including visits to the Mayflower Centre and Capt. Jones’ House.

Alternatively join a Cruise with Clues on the river Orwell in your own boat.

Evening: Three Course Dinner at the Royal Harwich YC, preceded by a private Art Exhibition viewing, and followed by a short quiz.

Monday 2nd May: Walk along the riverbank for coffee at Pin Mill, and departure.

Venue: Royal Harwich Yacht Club on the River Orwell.

Transport: Please come by boat (preferential mooring rates), car, motor home* or on foot for all or some of the activities. (To park a caravan or motor home, please contact MDL Marina on 01473 780206. A charge is made by MDL). There will be shared transport to Shotley for the Foot Ferry to Harwich.

Detailed Programme

Saturday 30th April

Passage Race: This is based on predicting your Estimated Time of Arrival at the RHYC whether by boat or by car on Saturday. Anyone can win! All you have to do is: plan a passage to RHYC Race Line (marked by the white race hut on the Club lawn & 2 white posts on the Nacton shore). If arriving by car, the finish line is at the car park entrance. The passage must be of at least 30 minutes duration. More information will sent nearer the time to those participating.

The Club will be open for food and drinks from 12 noon each day.

Indoor Pontoon Party at 17:30 upstairs in the RHYC Orwell Room. Please bring a bottle and some finger food to share. Glasses will be provided.


Sunday 1st May

Day Trip to Harwich:

09:20   Meet at RHYC, drive in shared transport to Shotley Marina

10:00   Foot Ferry to Harwich

10:15   Meet guide for Historic walk round Harwich including a visit to the new Mayflower visitor centre and Captain Jones house.

12:15   Own lunch arrangements (list of pubs will be supplied)

14:50   Return by Foot Ferry to Shotley, alternative times possible if arranged beforehand with your driver

15:00   Optional visit to HMS Ganges Museum

16:00   Depart Shotley Marina for RHYC

N.B. Drivers and passengers will need to agree on their itinerary before leaving RHYC

Cruise with Clues on the Orwell and Stour from RHYC:

This is an alternative to the Day Trip to Harwich. Meet the organiser at 09:00 on the RHYC lawn. Should the weather prevent the cruise from taking place, participants will be able to complete the tasks without leaving their berth.

Evening: Art Exhibition, Dinner & Speaker, short Fun Quiz:

Private Viewing of the Art Exhibition, with welcome drink.

18:30 Gather in RHYC Clubhouse

19:00 Three Course Dinner - Menu to be confirmed nearer the time, example as follows:

Starter: Either Smoked Duck and Onion Marmalade  OR  Moroccan Lamb skewers with mint sauce

Main: Either Lemon and Pesto marinated Chicken breast, roast new potatoes, asparagus and creamy garlic sauce, OR  Salmon and herbs wrapped in filo pastry served with creamy leeks and baby potatoes

Dessert:  Banoffee salted caramel crunch  OR  Strawberry Tart with whipped cream

Please select one option for each course from the menu above and enter your choices on the Booking Form. Please also indicate any special dietary requirement. A vegetarian meal will be available.


Monday 2nd May

Join us for a walk along the River Orwell and treat yourself to a coffee at Pin Mill.


Booking will open in January 2022