East Coast


Swallows & Amazons 2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018
Summer reefed at Swallows and Amazons 2017
©Pete Sweeney

Organised by the East Coast OGA, kindly hosted by Walton & Frinton Yacht Club, you’ll be sailing in the setting of Arthur Ransome’s Secret Waters

Please download the entry form below and send in your entry now!

Bookings are now closed for the supper, but you should be able to get bar meals or fish and chips from town.

Below is the planned schedule of events for the weekend. As is often the case at Walton on the Naze, the tidal predictions that are published can be affected by weather and air pressure and with this being such a "creeky" location these factors sometimes cause a change of 15-30 minutes or a few inches of difference here and there. We will try our hardest to stick to this schedule as much as possible but please be prepared to launch a little earlier or later if required. Likewise, if the tide stops boats from getting out into the Walton Channel in good time then we may delay the start very slightly, you will be made aware if this is the case.

In any case, keep a watch out for the signals from the committee boat and your officer of the day, Ed Roberts.

Later on the Saturday afternoon there is an opportunity to "develop" your photography skills during a one hour masterclass with Clive Robertson. This is a basic introduction to the manual operation of a Digital SLR camera. If you have access to any camera at all, whether it be manual or not, please bring it along if you would like to learn a little more about how to get the most out of this. In relation to this, the Pin Mill Studio currently has an exhibition of Arthur Ransome's photography work on display which is a little further up the coast on the River Orwell.

We suggest you take a packed lunch of some kind on the water as the tide allows for around a lunchtime sail on both days this year. Breakfast will be available in the club.


1700 - Fen Land open to tents


Breakfast in the club available for campers. Please confirm numbers Friday evening.
1000 Race Registration
1030 Briefing
Launch as soon as the tide allows (Approx 1100 onwards but may be sooner / later).
1230 Race Start
1600 Introduction to Manual Photography - Masterclass
1800 Prize giving

Sunday: breakfast in the club available for campers, please confirm numbers Saturday morning

1030 Briefing
Launch as soon as the tide allows (Approx 1130 onwards but may be sooner / later)
Cruise in company to planned location
1520 High Tide

Walton and Frinton Club will be pleased to do breakfasts for anybody camping for Saturday morning and Sunday morning, numbers to be confirmed by Friday night and Saturday race start.

Take a look at the gallery of photos from 2015 or the reports from the 2017 event to see what could be in store!

Why not have a go at our Secret Water puzzle, in preparation for your "passage plan"?

preview35 pieceSecret Water

Walton & Frinton Yacht Club
Walton & Frinton Yacht Club,
Clive Robertson
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