CRUISING

Yacht Captain: Lynda Skelton.  yachtcaptain@ffsc.co.uk.  07881 813599

WELCOME TO FFSC 2020 CRUISING PROGRAMME



If you have not joined us before, we are a very friendly group with a wide range of yachting and motor boating experience, very happy to welcome newcomers and offer support to get you involved.  

For each cruise, I ask for expressions of interest, then once I know which boats are likely to be on the cruise I book the named marina or moorings for the club well in advance, and also book dining at a nearby sailing club or restaurant for the first night at least.

From you, I will need numbers of crew, boat name and other boat details, as well as likely time of arrival, and menu choices in advance as far as possible. We often start off by sailing in company to our initial destination so that we can assist eachother at that critical time of arrival at pontoons or moorings, but you are under no obligation to be part of the group if you prefer to do your own thing. 

You are welcome to join any cruise or evening dining by any means of transport.


NB: Wednesday evenings at FFSC throughout the year are popular with yachties and motor boaters, impromptu cruises are sometimes planned here as well as many useful conversations are had!

Come along to join us, have a drink or meal. If it is your first visit, do identify yourself to our bar staff who will introduce you to us.


Please note that dates below are provisional dates and arrangements so far. These may be subject to change if numbers/weather/tides mean adjustments are needed nearer the time. 





Saturday March 14th 2020

Social and planning evening at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club for everyone interested in cruising: no boat needed! 

Come along, have a drink and a meal, menu will be available in advance, and meet other club members with similar interests.



Saturday April 25th to Sunday April 26th 

First cruise: to Woodbridge Tidemill Marina.

An initial opportunity to get on the water if possible, give your boat a trial run and to blow away the winter cobwebs.

Venue for dinner to be decided: suggestions welcome.



Friday May 8th to Monday May 10th

Cruise to Walton and Frinton Yacht Club, or to Titchmarsh Marina if preferred. May 9th move on to Shotley Marina, home on 10th May. 

It’s a good Spring tide on 8th May with plenty of water for access to W&FYC. We hope to dine at W&FYC, with good food and a nice atmosphere: walking distance from Titchmarsh, though a taxi or lift  back is ideal when dark.

Friday May 22nd to Sunday May 24th

Cruise to Orford, May 22nd on to Aldeburgh if possible or local cruising for 23rd, home on 24th.

This is an interesting and pleasant trip, with moorings available at Orford with access to the village by dinghy, and moorings at Aldeburgh. There are several possible pubs for dining at Orford, and at Aldeburgh, fish and chips is almost compulsory! Dinghy required.


For those at home for the bank holiday; Friday May 22nd and/or Saturday 23rd May

Invitation weekend for visiting yachtsmen to FFSC. 

Tides are right to invite visiting yachtsmen to our club, with a fish supper scheduled for Friday night and dining available for Saturday evening. 


Monday 22nd June for up to 2 weeks: 

South coast and/or France cruise, depending on wind/weather conditions and interests of cruisers.

Flexibility will be essential. First stop will be Ramsgate on or about 22nd June, then cruise could continue via Dover across English Channel towards Boulogne then along French coast, or route along the English south coast. Other options might be to head back via Queenborough/Chatham, or continue into London.


Sunday or Monday July 19th/20th for around a week: 

Possibility of separate London cruise to St Katherines dock via overnight mooring at Queenborough if not added onto south coast cruise. 

Alternative short cruise to be arranged for those interested. Possible destinations might be Brightlingsea, Titchmarsh and/or Walton backwaters, Southwold and Lowestoft. 


Friday August 21st to Sunday 23rd or Monday 24th 

Bank holiday weekend, Ipswich Maritime Festival Cruise. 

This is the biggest social cruise of the season. Berths already provisionally reserved in Ipswich Haven Marina, dinner at the Last Anchor Restaurant on Saturday 22nd August also planned.


Early September: Blackwater  to Heybridge cruise 

Possibility of short or longer cruise depending on time available, weather, taking in any of Brightlingsea, West Mersea, Tollesbury, Bradwell with Heybridge Basin as ultimate destination.

Heybridge Basin near Maldon, is a favourite of ours: berthing is beyond the lock in the fresh water canal, several pubs and cafes nearby, pleasant walks, and supermarkets a bus or dinghy ride away! 


Detailed information for each cruise will go out via email to everyone who has signed up via membership forms as interested in yacht or motorboat cruising. This will also be available on the club Cruising noticeboard.

If you would like to contact me for more information, please call or text me on 07881 813599 or email me on lynjskelton@hotmail.com

Lynda Skelton

FFSC Yacht Captain 

January 2020