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East Coast Branch

An excellent self support group which allow RNSA members in the area to attend cruising events and meet socially during the year. The Branch covers the East Coast of England and the coastline along the Counties of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Traditionally the Woolwich Barrage marks the western boundary for East Coast and Medway Branches, handling over to the Upper Thames Branch. The Branch is a cruising organisation.

East Coast Branch News & Notices

17 April 2017Cruising

Easter Weekend on the East Coast - a couple of favourite haunts!

East Coast

RNSA East Coast team checked out a couple of their favorite haunts, Harwich and Burnham-on Crouch. Well, the 'planners' picked very civilized tide times and the weather forecasts improved .....

27 March 2017Cruising

East Coast launches Season

East Coast

Jacqui-B and Sucessor met up at Harwich to welcome the Branch to the new season The East Coast started the Season in company with members of the CURNU. Two cadets sailed Successor .....

09 February 2017Cruising

Operation Sea Spray 2

East Coast

East Coast ventures out to sea on a cold wet grey day before the Options for Change briefing A Winter Weekend with East Coast Branch Successor (John Cooney) embarked five Cambridge .....

30 November 2016Cruising

Annual Rifles Lunch

East Coast

Not the Rifles. Standards temporarily the Mess but Plan B does occasionally come into play. Not the Riles! 24 members gathered on Friday 25th November. The venue had .....

01 November 2016Cruising

Operation Sea Spray 1

East Coast

Practical sea expereince for CURNU students Operation Sea Spray 1 Successor and Jacqui-B were enlisted by the Cambridge University Royal Navy Unit (CURNU) over the weekend of .....

09 October 2016Cruising

Branch AGM

East Coast

With the Branch Financial Year over time to make the annual reports and feed back to the membership. Year end 30 September. Accounts reconciled, reports written and a programme drawn .....

19 September 2016Cruising

ECB joint meeting with RNVR YC

East Coast

Our annual get together hosted by the RNVR YC in Bradwell Marina 'Port Flair'. After a record September heat wave only days before the North Sea gave a little reminder to the Annual .....

02 September 2016Cruising

ECB Foreign Cruise

East Coast

Clutching their visa, inoculations up to date the Branch ventures south to the Thames and Medway Jacqui-B (Gale Bryan) sailed early via Queenborough and St Katharine’s Dock. Regrettably .....

08 August 2016Cruising

East Coast BBQ

East Coast

Members gather for the annual RNSA East Coast Branch BBQ. Weather nearly as hot as the BBQ grill. We all have a super day yesterday, thank you so much Vivien for getting everything .....

03 August 2016Cruising

ECB go barging

East Coast

RNSA ECB members had the chance to join a private charter of a historic Thames Barge. The cars were all parked and about 30 people were gathered at the Hythe Quay in Maldon on the .....

10 July 2016Cruising

Fox's Two Rivers Event.

East Coast

Start time determined on handicap then up to skippers to navigate around a series of way points, most of which are drinking establishments. Offered to the Branch as test of skill and .....

29 June 2016Cruising

Brightlingsea Rally

East Coast

North meets south. Armed with visa's the Orwell contingency ventured forth to the heart of Essex for the late June rally. The RNSA East Coast Branch made a render-vous at Harwich on .....

East Coast Branch Events


Date Event Venue Type
29 Apr - 01 May 17 Ditch Crawling Tollesbury Marina, West Mersea and bear left. Cruising
27 May 17 - 29 May 16 Calais Rally Spring Bank Holiday. Must be Calais Cruising
09 - 17 Jun 17 Dutch invasion. Chatham, River Medway Cruising
29 Jul 17 Fox's Two Rivers event Rivers Orwell and Stour Cruising
05 Aug 17 Branch BBQ Alpha House, St Peters Road, West Mersea Cruising
19 - 25 Aug 17 Branch Foreign Cruise Southwold, Orford and Ramsholt Cruising
26 - 28 Aug 17 Blackwater Ramble Heybridge Basin and Blackwater Cruising
23 Sep 17 Joint Meeting with RNVR YC Ipswich Have and the Last Anchor Cruising
07 Oct 17 Branch AGM West Mersea Yacht Club Cruising
Nov 17 tbc Rifles Lunch Davies Street, opposite Bond Street tube station Cruising

East Coast Branch Committee


Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Chairman and Branch Captain G Bryan 01223 314619 07746 290362
Hon Secretary Jon R Coone 07713 197047
Treasurer Mrs Vivien Ryser
Members representative Chris Jones 01621 850159
Committee Member Terry Corner 01473 730970 07711576843

About East Coast Branch


About the Royal Naval Sailing Association East Coast Branch

With no HM Naval Base in our area for a number of years we existed as a Unit rather than a Branch. However due to the level of activity and pressure from members the Unit was given Branch status.

We have 80 members on our mailing list but like all organisations the same people support our events. We are particularly pleased to be able to retain contact with our widowed section who describe themselves as ‘recently available’ or by some the ‘ladies who lunch’. An excellent self support group which allow those who have sailed to our events to continue to attend and mix with the sailors but they also meet socially during the year as a separate group.

We cover the East Coast of England and the coastline along the Counties of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Our colleagues in the Medway Branch cover the Southern portion of the Thames Estuary and the County of Kent. Traditionally the Woolwich Barrage marks the western boundary for East Coast and Medway Branches, handling over to the Upper Thames Branch.

We are a cruising organisation. We have no moorings, no base although courtesy of West Mersea Yacht Club we hold out AGM and a Winter Talk their and visit a number of Clubs up and down the East Coast.

We hold a meet most months of the year, certainly from April through to October with a London Lunch and a mind Winter Dinner filing the November to March period. The Branch has a number of favourite meetings. The annual Calais Rally over the spring bank holiday, a trip to the River Orwell usually where we host the RNVR YC and a return match on the Blackwater or Colne and the RNVR YC host RNSA. A BBQ in West Mersea, courtesy of a member. The annual Rifles Lunch in November held at the Rifles Mess, Davies Street just by Bond Street Station and a Winter Dinner in a hotel to allow for overnight stays avoiding the drive home late at night on a winter’s night.

RNSA Members are entitled to use the facilities of any East Coast Club provided they sign in as visiting yachtsmen.

Visitors to the East Coast are particularly welcome at any of our events. See the Notices section of our web site for the 2014 dates. We look forward to meeting you and should we be able to help in any way please get in touch by phone or email. Details on the Committee page

Terry Corner
Branch Captain and Chairman
0771 157 6843
May 2014.