East Coast


Aldeburgh Small Boat Event, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019 to Sunday, September 15, 2019
Restored Aldeburgh Beach Boat on display
©Aldeburgh Beach Boats Appeal

A date for your diary! A Small Boat Event close to the quaint seaside town of Aldeburgh.

Suitability: This will be the first time we have visited the Alde/Ore in small boats.  It is ideal for small open dinghy type boats with centreplates or lifting keels and shallow draft. The sailing will take place in shallow water some of the time.   Not suitable for keel boats drawing over 450mm 18”. The tide does run quite strongly and an outboard as a back up is recommended also a anchor.

Launching / Recovery: Boats can be launched and trailers stored at Slaughden Sailing Cub free of charge.  Boats can normally be launched around 4 hours before high water.  Vehicles are not allowed on the slip so boats must be recoverable by people-power.

Mooring: Boats can be anchored off overnight but space is available in the Club's compound to bring them ashore if preferred.

Parking / Accommodation: There is space for those coming with tents /campervans to park for the weekend in the back of the Aldeburgh Boat Yard (Demon Yachts). There is also space for cars and trailers at Slaughden Sailing Club.  There are public toilets 100 yds from the Boatyard and at Slaughden Sailing Club but we may not have 24hr access to showers or toilets.  There are proper campsites in the wider area if you prefer to camp with better facilities.

Programme: On the Saturday after launching at around 11.00 we plan to sail in company to Iken taking with us a picnic lunch. If we make good progress we may be able to continue up to Snape but this will be dependent on the weather and tide state.  We can sail back to Slaughden with the tide and beach the boats around 3:00-4:00. This gives us some time to wander into Aldeburgh which will be a lot more civilised than in mid summer.  There are many places to eat in Aldeburgh - it is famous for its fish and chips, but there are pubs, cafes and hotels offering a wide range of food.  There is also a Co-op on the main high street, and a larger Co-op and Tesco on the main road into Aldeburgh.

Sunday will be more leisurely – a quiet sail and a picnic going down river towards Orford - this will be against the tide and may be a bit slow. Back to the club by high water – boats out and head for home.

Please note that the planned programme is subject to change depending on the weather!

Safety: There is no safety boat specifically for this event. We will cruise together keeping a watchful eye out for our group. Outboards are recommended and a good anchor.


A fee of £5 per boat will be charged, please either pay by BACS to the EC OGA account or cash on the day.

Please fill in our online entry form so that we know how many are planning to come.

Pete Thomas
Organiser phone: 
01473 832808
Organiser email: 
Suitable for small/open/trailerable boats