Haven Ports Yacht Club


HPYC welcomes new members and visiting yachtsmen

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How it started

Although it operates independently, HPYC grew up with Suffolk Yacht Harbour and the two remain closely related. The harbour was the vision and creation of the late Michael Spear, its chairman (and  president of HPYC). A brief account of the harbour's history from its beginnings in 1967 may be found on the SYH website.

In 1975 SYH acquired the lightship LV87, retired from duty on the Mid-Barrow and Cromer stations, to become the clubhouse for the newly-formed HPYC. The lightship has been constantly adapted and improved, both by the voluntary efforts of enthusiastic members and immense support contributed by SYH, to make it the comfortable clubhouse that we now enjoy, with full bar and catering facilities and accommodation for large functions for both members and visiting clubs.

Facilities and amenities

The club is open throughout the year, apart from a brief closure for maintenance in January. In summer it is open every day, lunchtime and evening. In winter opening hours are reduced to lunchtimes from Tuesday to Sunday and Friday and Saturday evenings. Cooked food is available when the bar is open, with  emphasis on fresh and local produce. The offers everything from fine dining to wholesome refuelling for hungry crew  at reasonable cost.

Get full details of opening times.

What we do

The club is one of the most active and successful in the region, with a busy and varied social programme, and organised cruises to destinations near and far.

The racing programme extends from early spring to New Year's Day and offers events ranging from the gentle and gentlemanly (under local handicap)  to the downright competitive (under IRC), with several club boats each year flying the flag -and generally doing well - at Cowes or Cork or further afield.

We have a Squib (keelboat) fleet, Melges 24 (sports boat) one-design, not to mention a fair bit of offshore crewing in family cruisers and, of course, the occasional party.

There are also a few members who vanish into the blue for a few years and come back a year or two later with several thousand sea miles on the clock and some good tales to tell.


SYH is on the north bank of the Orwell, some three nautical miles upriver from the Port of Felixstowe (see Harwich Haven Authority's useful Yachting Guide, available at www.hha.co.uk.) If arriving by road head for  post code IP10 0LN. The clubhouse is moored within SYH, downriver from the offices and workshop.