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The yachtsman's corner contains latest news from the waterfront, links to websites that may be of interest and other information relevant to East Coast yachtsmen.

Britannia Instructor Makes the Azores

George Jepps is first under 27ft boat across the Jester Azores Challenge finish line.  Many of you I know have been taught by George while on a Britannia course and some of you were here to wave George off on his epic 1237 nautical mile journey to compete in the Jester Challenge Race and raise money for “Little Hearts Matter” charity.  George left Shotley Marina mid-May, travelling first to Plymouth where he left the UK on 31 May to single-handedly sail his 25-foot yacht "Culica" in the Jester Azores Challenge.  He arrived in the Azores (half way to America) on 14 June.

His adventure included the electrics failing four days out so he had to steer the boat by hand and navigate by stars for rest of the 8 days.  He also sailed through two gale-force storms.  George was the first yacht under 26 feet to arrive and the thirteenth boat over all. 

As well as competing in the challenge, George was also driven to support a special charity.  You may not know that his little grandson has severe heart problems and that's why George chose to raise money for a charity which supports the families of babies and children with major heart defects.  “Little Hearts Matter Charity” (Registration No 1058735) is a national charity offering support and information to anyone affected by the devastating diagnosis of a single ventricle heart condition, children born with half a working heart. It works to raise awareness of the needs of these children and their families.

Should you wish to make a contribution please visit:

All money raised goes directly to Little Hearts Matter and donating online is simple, fast and totally secure.  Also, as a UK taxpayer an extra 28% in tax will be added to your gift at no cost to you.


Britannia (East Coast) Powers Up

After many years as the East Coast's top RYA yacht training centre, Britannia are now RYA approved to offer level one and two, intermediate, advanced and safety boat training. Principal Paul Blackett said "all of our professional Powerboat Instructors are recruited for their personality as well as their teaching ability to create an environment where learning a serious subject is fun." This approach to learning gives customers real inner confidence to ensure that when crewing or skippering a powerful boat they know what to do and how to do it safely! All Britannia's courses run throughout the year. For more information go to the powerboat pages.

Action packed and thrilling Race Days

Britannia introduces action packed and thrilling race days. We offer you the opportunity to enjoy one of our flexible packages where individuals, groups of two or more people can enjoy the thrills and spills of top class racing on fully equipped yachts designed for speed. You will join the boat at one of our major race venues and have the choice of Offshore or Inshore races. Go to our racing page for more information.

Britannia Gift Vouchers

As a surprise for a friend or the one you love as a "day with a difference", we can arrange a course or a special day for any important occasion. Your event could range from a:-

  • days sail

  • surprise booking on one of our superb RYA courses

  • trip to the continent on one of our fully equipped yachts

  • fast rib expedition to Arthur Ransome Country

  • barbecue party on a secluded beach

  • tailor made day to your own special requirements utilising our superb function and boating facilities

Food Service Service On Line

To save time and cut out frustration on your charter, you can now order food on line from Tesco. Arrange to have it delivered to Britannia on your day of departure and we will store it  for you until you arrive.  Just think a glass of chilled beer or wine when you arrive, hassle free. The cost of this convenience service is £20 per delivery and should be requested when  you book your charter with us. Please note that Britannia is not responsible for any  failure or incident arising from any Tesco delivery.

Web Resources

To keep you informed, in touch, and assist you, Britannia have assembled in one area pages designed to give one click  access to some of the best resources used by Professional Skippers  and Yacht Managers :-


Live Weather here at the Marina

Inshore Forecast

Offshore Forecast

UK meteorological office inshore waters forecast and shipping forecast
BBC coastal forecast Wash to Harwich and Harwich to North Foreland

BBC Marine Weather

Free Weather Charts - Click Here

BBC Weather Centre

Met check



Harwich tides

Tide Information all areas



Wind Guru

Data Buoys


Navigation information

Harwich AIS Live

Chandlery and Brokerage
Mailspeed marine general chandlery
Suffolk Sailing supplier of life rafts and safety equipment
Foxes  yacht sales boat sales
Seamark Nunn good deals always on offer

Sail makers and repairers
Quantum Parker & Kay

Yacht and RIB dealers
Ribcraft powerboat manufacturers
Hanse yachts UK dealership

East Coast Marinas
Tide Mill yacht harbour (River Deben)

Woolverstone Marina (River Orwell)
Shotley marina (Britannia Sailing base on River Stour)
Bradwell marina (River Blackwater)

Harwich Haven Authority

Photo Gallery

If you've done a course with us recently then look here for photos from your trip.  If you would like a copy @ £20 each  then please call us