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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

15 October 2018Meetings


East Coast

The East Coast AGM on 13 October was a delightful occasion at the West Mersea Yacht Club (WMYC) Accompanied by a truly excellent WMYC Dinner, East Coasters enjoyed a review of the .....

21 September 2018Cruising

Bradwell - where North meets South in the East.

East Coast

The RNVR YC and RNSA second rendez-vous of the year took place at Bradwell 15-16 September What is it about a tiny village perched next to a defunct nuclear power station with a two .....

29 August 2018Cruising

In the Trade - a glimpse into the Backwaters and Backstreets of Woodbridge

East Coast

Woodbridge and the Deben brought out five East Coast boats, and they didn't let a Force 7 stand in the way of a Royal Yacht supper afloat. Well, the East Coast Branch crammed a beauty .....

08 August 2018Cruising

Fox's Two Rivers foxes the URNU

East Coast

Each Year Fox's Marina Yacht Club arranges a fun race around six pubs on the banks of the Orwell and Stour Every Year the wily folk at the Fox's Marina Yacht Club (FMYC) organise their .....

02 August 2018Cruising

West Mersea BBQ, Saturday, 28 July - Murmurings from the North Sea!

East Coast

Vivien Ryser, our longtime Treasurer invites the East Coasters each year to a swimming Barbeque at her home, Alfa House in West Mersea. After almost four months of benign, indeed .....

30 May 2018Cruising

The 91st Calais Rally

East Coast

The RNSA East Coast Branch have a standing invitation to the Little Ship Club Rally. The Event this year lived up to the wonderful traditions continued by the late Norman Hummerstone, .....

07 May 2018Cruising

Bradwell - Gateway to the East?

East Coast

April sunshine sent the East Coasters into a flurry of activity- boats being launched, slipped and commissioned in a race to capture the sun - Bradwell was the best fit to get us .....

25 April 2018Cruising

RNSA East Coast Yacht lays wreath at Zeebrugge Mole on St George's Day

East Coast

Two yachts representing the RNSA East Coast Branch attended the Commemoration of the Zeebrugge Raid 1918, laying a wreath off the Mole on St George's Day, where HMS VINDICTIVE launched .....

05 April 2018Cruising

East Coast 'Work up'

East Coast

Each year we cajole our boats out of refit by an 'early' work up around the Orwell Estuary...and the promise of some fun in the 'Backwaters'. Do you have the rule - "fix it in a day .....

10 December 2017General

'Rifles Lunch

East Coast

The East Coast Branch held its traditional 'Rifles' Lunch at the Victory Services Club on 24 November Norman Hummerstone MBE (99) presided over the ECB's Annual Rifles Lunch, held .....

27 September 2017Cruising


East Coast

12 Boats met up in the Orwell for the last Rally of the Season Determined to make the best of the end-of season rally and given a spring tide and benign winds 12 RNVR YC and RNSA boats .....

29 August 2017Cruising

East Coast beats 'Med'!

East Coast

The Gods smiled on the RNSA East Coast Summer Ramble Not renowned for languid beaches, the North Sea weather mounted a charm offensive between 18 and 28 August. Our dutiful Extra Master .....

East Coast Branch Events


Date Event Venue Type
23 Nov 18 'Rifles' Lunch VSC London Victory Services Club Social
02 Feb 19 Winter Dinner Ipswich Last Anchor Ipswich Social
05 - 07 Apr 19 Work up in Orwell and Approaches[Harwich & Titchmarsh] Harwich & Titchmarsh Cruising
04 - 06 May 19 Odyssey of the Swatchings (Heybridge &Brightlingsea) Heybridge and Brightlingsea Cruising
24 - 27 May 19 Calais Rally Calais Cruising
27 May - 04 Jun 19 Passage in Company Calais to Ouistreham for Normandy 75 Calais - Boulogne - Dieppe - Fecamp - Honfleur - Ouistreham Cruising
04 - 08 Jun 19 D Day 75 Commemoration Ouistreham Ouistreham Cruising
03 Aug 19 Pool Party West Mersea Alpha House West Mersea Cruising
Aug 19 tbc Fox's Two Rivers (Orwell & Stour) Orwell & Stour Cruising
23 - 26 Aug 19 In Company to the Ore (Aldeburgh and Orford) Aldeburgh and Orford Cruising
14 - 15 Sep 19 RNSA ECB & RNVR YC Meet at Bradwell Bradwell Cruising
12 Oct 19 AGM West Mersea West Mersea Yacht Club Cruising
29 Nov 19 ECB 'Rifles Lunch' VSC London Victory Services Club Cruising

East Coast Branch Committee


Position Name Tel Mobile Email
Chairman and Branch Captain G Bryan 01223 314619 07746 290362
Hon Secretary David Whitby 01268 759245 07775 572890
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 50 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 our AGM there 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 Victory Services Club near Marble Arch Station and a Winter Dinner in a hotel or where the perennials can moor their boats 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 2018 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

Gale Bryan
Branch Captain and Chairman
Nov 17