Cruising Activities at RHYC





For many RHYC members, sailing consist of cruising the fantastic home waters around the East Anglian coast, exploring the other side of the North Sea or the Channel, or voyaging much further afield.  Our excellent marina and swinging moorings help facilitate this.

We have a very active Cruise in Company section, and there is also a programme of serious and not-so-serious yacht and cruiser races throughout the year, including the Combined Clubs Race and the Sunk and Bell races.  Cruiser racing is described in the Racing pages.

A cop of the Wateralmanak Book 1 which is compulsory to hold a copy of when travelling to Holland and Belgium can be viewed as a PDF and downloaded to your phone or computer. (An electronic copy suffices rather than a hard copy.)




Cruise in Company 2020


 Date Cruise Destination Cruise Leader
Sunday, 5th AprilLunch - Ashbury Room
Sunday,3rd MayHalfpenny Pier - HarwichMarcus Bucknall
Monday 4th - Thursday 7th MaySwale AdventureSimon Harrison
Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th JuneWest MerseaMark and Lily Benbow
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st JuneHamford WaterMarcus Bucknall
Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th JulySouthwoldPeter Wright
Friday 24th July - Sunday 9th AugustSummer Cruise to EuropeMarcus Bucknall
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd AugustWoodbridgeJason Versluys
Saturday 29th August"Fun Day"
Sunday 30th - Monday 31st AugustRegatta
Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th September Orford
Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th SeptemberWalton PondSimon and Georgette Harrison



CIC Reports for 2019

All the reports can be viewed here - below is a snapshot of what we have been up to!

Bradwell not Orford - 17th September


A review of the tides and reports of shallowing entrance depths dictated a change of plan with Southwold the new target. However the strong northerly’s predicted (and actual) decided the participating boats ( Spree Three, Folie Douce, Sirene and Islay) to head south to Bradwell. A very enjoyable run down the wallet with wind and tide in favour, reaching Bradwell in good time. Whilst Islay and Sirene decided to return on the Sunday in the sunshine against the wind, the crews of Folie Douce and Spree Three opted for a good walk round to St Peters Chapel, and then an excellent Sunday lunch at the Kings Head in Bradwell which has now reopened. The return home on Monday – although a little damp – was again a nice run with the wind having conveniently swung round to the south. Not what was originally planned but the best use of the weather for an enjoyable mini cruise.


Holland - 19th July

Friday 19th July early morning saw Spree Three, Bluefin and Keld set off for Lowestoft in lightish winds. An uneventful sail up to Lowestoft where we met up at the RNSYC with Islay who had pre-positioned earlier in the week for the crossing to Den Helder. Saturday morning brought fresh winds from the south west so off we set at quite a pace. However a new gale force warning issued an hour into the trip saw the fleet return to Lowestoft as conditions on Sunday looked more promising. Arrival at Den Helder early the next morning saw us lock into the Willemsoord harbour, for a day of rest and sightseeing at the excellent ship museum. A motorsail on Monday alongside the Afsluitdijk dyke allowed the crews to practice communications with flag signals - possibly not all messages being internationally recognizable. The high temperatures temporarily caused the Lorenzsluisen bridge to malfunction  Fire engine attendance with a large pump solved the problem and on to Hindeloopen. A large marina (with a good chandlery) but we had a delightful barbecue site close to the boats for supper - setting the theme for the holiday with everyone chipping in to communal meals (brilliantly coordinated by Lily Benbow and Heidi Seary) in lovely settings. 19th July

Friday 19th July early morning saw Spree Three, Bluefin and Keld set off for Lowestoft in lightish winds. An uneventful sail up to Lowestoft where we met up at the RNSYC with Islay who had pre-positioned earlier in the week for the crossing to Den Helder. Saturday morning brought fresh winds from the south west so off we set at quite a pace. However a new gale force warning issued an hour into the trip saw the fleet return to Lowestoft as conditions on Sunday looked more promising. Arrival at Den Helder early the next morning saw us lock into the Willemsoord harbour, for a day of rest and sightseeing at the excellent ship museum. A motorsail on Monday alongside the Afsluitdijk dyke allowed the crews to practice communications with flag signals - possibly not all messages being internationally recognizable. The high temperatures temporarily caused the Lorenzsluisen bridge to malfunction  Fire engine attendance with a large pump solved the problem and on to Hindeloopen. A large marina (with a good chandlery) but we had a delightful barbecue site close to the boats for supper - setting the theme for the holiday with everyone chipping in to communal meals (brilliantly coordinated by Lily Benbow and Heidi Seary) in lovely settings. 

Onwards south to Stavoren for a night and then the best sail of the trip with a decent breeze to whisk the fleet across to Enkhuizen where crew changes took place. The “Ships in a bottle” museum is a must as well as the Zuiderzee museum. An excellent dinner at the Enkhuizer Visafslag - one of the few evenings we ate out. Next up was Hoorn - and then onto Monickerdam through the Markeermeer. Somehow Islay avoided the dreaded weed but Spree Three, Keld, and Bluefin all had to carry out numerous weed clearance exercises on route - over the side with boat hooks, numerous changes of course and direction, but eventually made it into the Marina Monickerdam.


The trip to Amsterdam was a very different story with the weather changing and strong winds and rain in our faces as we motored into Amsterdam, basing at the Amsterdam Marina. Dinner at Plek, an unusual restaurant which was built within a container stack! The resident dutch connection (Caroline Bucknall) organised a walking tour the next day, which took us to parts of Amsterdam not normally seen on the tourist trail. The end of cruise supper was held in at Kantjil en de Tijger rijstafel  restaurant - a truly magnificent spread as the dishes kept coming. 

With squally winds and bit of a front passing through, departure was delayed till lunchtime the next day, and then bit of a wait at the locks at Ijmuiden. Once through the locks at 20.00, conditions outside were boisterous to say the least, with a 5/6 north easterly wind against the tide. Islay decided to retire back into the marina, but the other 3 boats carried on through the night as the winds abated to virtually nothing by morning for a long motor back to Harwich. Islay followed on the Saturday arriving back to be greeted home by the others on Sunday morning. Another successful cruise - that’s Holland covered ( bar the Islands) for the time being so next year the plan is to head south to France.















Ostend 


Predictions of good winds slightly petered out by Friday AM, but Spree Three and Somerset Lady set off at 04.00 to meet up with 3 other participants based in the Orwell (from the Colne YC and Wivenhoe SC) at Shotley spit at 05.00, With the wind faint from the west, it was a motor to the “start” at Long Sand Head(LSH) where the other 7 boats that started at Brightlingsea joining up. The rally’s main objective is to help newcomers to the North Sea crossing to make the passage in company, rather than a formal race, an objective achieved again. By the time we reached the main TSS the wind was dying so

 on with the engines for the tail enders and time for lunch! Spree Three’s crew kept busy ship spotting to see if we could find a ship which they actually insured - to no avail. The boats that had rounded LSH slightly earlier however managed to hold the wind almost the entire way into Ostend. The RSNYC welcomed the fleet of 12 boats, and with their new pontoons, all were able to comfortably berth in close proximity. Police checks on passports completed Spree Three and Somerset Lady found an excellent restaurant close by (l’enfant terrible - Nieuwstraat) for a late supper.







Saturday evening saw a large get together at the RYCO club house, with several prizes awarded in a very light hearted manner.
After a slightly delayed start on the Sunday,  the return leg started off on the motor but by late morning the wind freshened from the north east, so engines off and a cracking sail back to the Orwell .
A great way to do the crossing - particularly for “first-timers” and a very sociable event - to be repeated next year. It is also a good starting point for a European cruise, and indeed the timing usually occurs a week before the Round the Island race, with 2 of the participating boats entering this year.