SOUTHERN RIVERS CRUISE

Saturday 29th June to Saturday 6th July 2024

 

Cruise Leaders: Jamie and Phill Bennet-Martin

 

The (almost) Summer Solstice Cruise

 

If a relaxed cruise heading to a number of the popular overnight stops on the southern waters, with pub options most nights, sounds like fun, then the Southern Rivers Cruise is for you! 

 

This year the route will again give participants a choice of two mooring locations most nights within the same area to choose from – this gives everyone a choice in case they have a favoured mooring spot in the area that the cruise has stopped and would prefer that location, but still keeps the crews included within the cruise planning without feeling isolated from the rest of the fleet.

 

In addition, following the tales from the adventurous crews who visited the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club following the SRC 2023, Jimmy James has kindly arranged to repeat this incredible experience for 2024! Therefore, for any crews that wish to experience this adventure you are welcome to join Jimmy at the end of the cruise and head through Mutford Locks and onto Lake Lothing heading out to sea, before turning into the RN&S Marina. Jimmy will be organising this additional leg of the cruise, so please contact him if you have any questions about the route - Contact Jimmy. The remainder of the fleet that isn’t heading to RN&S will return across Breydon on Saturday 6th July.

 

The route for 2024 is shown below, and you will see each night (except Wednesday) there are two mooring location choices (Option A & Option B) highlighted in different colours just for ease of reading the itinerary (the colours don’t mean anything). This means you just choose where you would like to moor from the two options each night and this gives you the freedom and flexibility to make a decision based on your own personal preference and any previous experiences down south. 

 

I have already block booked some moorings for the club so you do not need to contact the moorings to book your space – this is shown below for Langley Dyke and Beccles Yacht Station. Mooring fee’s for Langley Dyke will be £7.50/boat (subject to minimum 10 boats) as I have already pre-paid for all the moorings and so any surplus moorings fee’s paid will be donated to our charity. If there are less than 10 boats the fee will be slightly higher.

 

For any other pre-bookable moorings you will need to book your own mooring, and I have identified if there are any amenities available at the mooring location. In addition, where possible I have recommended a pub as an option for dinner, along with the contact details for you to book your own table at a time that suits you. 

I have also shown the Low Tide times for each day based on the starting location for that day (taken from the overnight mooring location the night before) for the more discerning and intrepid sailing crews amongst us!

 

I would strongly recommend booking tables and moorings as soon as possible, as experience from previous years is that venue space can be limited and therefore book well in advance to ensure you have a mooring and/or a table reserved.

 

Similar to last year, we will have an informal gathering on Sunday afternoon/evening on the bank at Rockland Short Dyke for us all to have a couple of drinks together. My surplus of flavoured gin has nearly gone now after 2 years of SRC G&T gatherings, so this year I will be hosting a Pimms party on the bank, in addition to a limited choice of G&T’s for anyone that doesn’t drink Pimms, in exchange for a small donation with the proceeds being donated to the club’s chosen charity. Crews mooring in Rockland St Mary Staithe are able walk around to Rockland Short Dyke, so everyone on the cruise should be able attend if they would like to participate.

 

On Wednesday night there will be a group meal night in Bear & Bells in Beccles for anyone that would like to join us – the venue has hosted us for the last two years and we have had a fantastic experience both times, so I recommend this for all.

 

Please feel free to make contact with the other members as you plan your route, especially if you are considering a BBQ by your boat or booking tables in pubs so that crews can eat at the same time. I will create a WhatsApp group so that we can keep each other updated on plans for meals and moorings, and in addition if you need the contact details of a boat give me a shout and I will pass your details over.

 

Please let me know if you would like to attend (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your boat name and a contact number for the WhatsApp group, and I will keep the website updated with the list of all the boats that are attending. 

 

The itinerary for 2024 is as below:

 

Day Saturday 29th June
Tide Times (BST) Yarmouth Yacht Station - Low Slack Water Passage Times  11:11
00:06 (Sun)
Mooring Option A Langley Dyke Mooring Option B  Loddon Staithe / Pyes Mill Loddon
Bookable Yes - via Skipper £7.50 (all moorings have been reserved for EACC - stern on and side available) Bookable No
Amenities  None Amenities Yes Electric, showers, toilets (staithe only)
Pub No Pub Yes The Swan
01508 528039
Sunset (BST) 21:17
 
Day Sunday 30th June
Low Water (BST) Loddon 01:36
13:45
Mooring Option A Rockland Short Dyke Mooring Option B Rockland St Mary Staithe
Bookable No Bookable No
Amenities No Amenities Yes Electric
Pub No (Group Pimms & G&T gathering) Pub Yes  The New Inn (Confirmed closed down)
01508 538211
 
Day Monday 1st July
Low Water (BST) Buckenham 02:39
14:54
Mooring Option A Surlingham Ferry Mooring Option B Coldham Hall Tavern
Bookable Yes 01508 538659 (mention EACC Sailing Club) Bookable Yes 01508 538366 (mention EACC Sailing Club)
Amenities Yes Electric Amenities Yes Electric
Pub Yes  Surlingham Ferry House Pub Yes  Coldham Hall Tavern
01508 538659 01508 538366
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Day Tuesday 2nd July
Low Water (BST) Brundall 04:12
16:33
Mooring Option A Herringfleet Mooring Option B Somerleyton
Bookable No Bookable No
Amenities None Amenities Yes Electric
Pub No Pub Yes The Dukes Head
01502 730281
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Day Wednesday 3rd July
Low Water (BST) St Olaves 03:43
16:07
Mooring Beccles Yacht Station      
Bookable Yes Yes via Skipper (stern on quay reserved for EACC)      
Amenities Yes Electric, showers, toilets      
Pub Yes  The Bear & Bells (table booked at 19:00 for EACC)      
Food will need to be pre-booked - menu TBC      
Inform Skipper to add your name to the list      
           
Day Thursday 4th July
Low Water (BST) Beccles 06:08
18:35
Mooring Option A Geldeston Locks Mooring Option B Geldeston Meadow
Bookable No Bookable No
Amenities None Amenities No
Pub Yes The Locks Inn Pub   The Wherry Inn
01508 830033 01508 518371
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Day Friday 5th July
Low Water (BST) Beccles 06:59
19:26
Mooring Option A Oulton Broad Yacht Station Mooring Option B Reedham Ferry Inn / Reedham Quay
Bookable Yes 01502 574946 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Bookable The Ship 01493 700287 / Lord Nelson 01493 700367
Amenities Yes Electric, showers, toilets Amenities Yes Electric, toilets (Quay only)
Pub   Pub Yes  Reedham Ferry Inn
01493 700429
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Day Saturday 6th July
Tide Times (BST) Yarmouth Yacht Station - Low Slack Water Passage Times 05:44
18:13
           
Day Saturday 6th July - Additional leg to RN&S Yacht Club
Tide Times (BST) Oulton Broad 07:44
20:13
Mooring Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club      
Bookable Yes Via Jimmy James      
Amenities Showers, toilets      
Dinner

RN&S Yacht Club
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Regrettably the list for boats to visit The RN&S yacht club
at the end of the SRC is now closed

     
     
           
Day Sunday 7th July
Tide Times (BST) Yarmouth Yacht Station - Low Slack Water Passage Times 06:27
18:56
Sunset (BST) 21:14

 

*Disclaimer: All of the above is correct to the best of my knowledge, please let me know if I have made an error and I will update the details.

 

Tide times above taken from www.norfolk-broads.org/tides/tide_report.asp and adjusted for BST

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Jamie  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  07973 689630)



Boats Currently Participating:

  1. Ranger 3   

   5. Moss Rose

   9. Windrift   13.  Sun Glory II*   17.  Bewitched*   21. Elizabeth*

  2. Pippinjack

   6. Kobweb   10. Evergreen*   14.  Snowbird   18.  Mischief   22.

  3. Lily*

   7. Moon Daisy*   11. May   15.  Starshell   19.  Hiawatha   23.

  4. Cara

   8. Rosie   12. Ceres*              16.  Sandpiper   20.  Moondream*               24.                    

* Those signed up to the additional excursion to the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club on Saturday 6th July.