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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

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 .....

08 August 2017General

RNSA BBQ at West Mersea

East Coast

The traditional annual BBQ at Vivien Ryser's House in West Mersea was a great success. The RNSA Burgee is hoisted; it's Vivien’s BBQ at West Mersea - must be Mid-Summer! The .....

04 June 2017Cruising

RNSA East Coast Branch attend the 86th Little Ship Club Calais Rally

East Coast

The Little Ship Club Calais Rally was the usual splendid occasion overseen by Norman Hummerstone MBE (96), who has attended the Rally since 1948. Easterly winds in the North Sea .....

02 May 2017Cruising

Tollesbury - bump in over the marsh!

East Coast

The May Bank Holiday saw a rare visit to Tollesbury by the East Coast Branch. As a green submarine lieutenant faced with de-generating generators I managed to persuade my team and .....

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 .....

East Coast Branch Events


Date Event Venue Type
30 Mar - 01 Apr 18 'Work up!' Harwich + Titchmarsh + Levington Cruising
19 - 24 Apr 18 Zeebrugge Raid Commemoration(at Zeebrugge) Zeebrugge (Weather Dependent) Cruising
23 Apr 18 Zeebrugge 100 (Dover Contingent) Dover General
05 - 07 May 18 Queenborough Queenborough Cruising
25 - 28 May 18 Calais Calais Cruising
30 Jun - 01 Jul 18 RNSA/RNVR YC Meeting Woolverstone Cruising
28 Jul - 28 Aug 18 BBQ West Mersea Cruising
25 - 27 Aug 18 Woodbridge & Ramsholt Deben - Woodbridge and Ramsholt Cruising
15 - 16 Sep 18 RNVR YC & RNSA EAST COASTERS RALLY Burnham-on-Crouch Cruising
13 - 14 Oct 18 AGM West Mersea Cruising
23 Nov 18 'Rifles' Lunch Victory Services Club Social

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 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