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Sugar factory visit is a sweet treat for BOC members

Eastern Region members will no longer look at a bag of sugar in quite the same way after a fascinating BOC visit to the Cantley sugar factory. Nineteen members were granted privileged access to British Sugar's processing plant on the banks of the River Yare which is not normally accessible to the public. The factory is a majestic landmark for boaters especially in "cooking" mode, when the huge plume of steam is visible on both the Southern and Northern rivers.

The group (pictured) donned hard hats, hi-viz jackets and safety glasses to see how the rather unpromising dirty and knobbly sugar beet from local Norfolk fields is washed, chipped, turned into a sugar solution and finally dried, to produce the sweet stuff we all know and love. Our thanks go to our charming host Steve Lynn, the factory manager, for his highly entertaining and informative talk. The evening ended with a delicious supper at the Cantley Cock pub.


Eastern Region Visit to Cantley Sugar Factory

On the evening of the 15th October 19 members had a guided tour and presentation by the factory manager. This facility is a landmark which is visible throughout Broadland especially when it is cooking and a plume of steam can be seen for miles. Most boaters have sailed past it wondering what goes on inside and now we know. The sugar beet all comes from within a 24 mile radius and at its peak 500 lorries a day arrive, transport by rail or river being no longer feasible. By products include animal feed and soil for gardens. Normaly it is not open to the public but Jane Neale of Isabella somehow managed to pull some strings and get us in there. My thanks to her for organising it and an excellent meal in a local pub afterwards. Three boats moored nearby-Yorkshire Belle II, Isabella and Gentle One. The rest came by car.




Eastern Region's Summer Cruise No. 1

This revolved around a visit and overnight stay at the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club on 26th July. Seven boats participated at various stages-Yorkshire Belle II which we only took over the day before, Lady Carolyn, Lady Martina, Isabella with the Marjon crew aboard, Salamander, Gentle One and Go Discover, the new Broom 430 with Dan and Chris on board with their wives.

Read more and view the photo gallery: Eastern Region's Summer Cruise No. 1

Eastern Region Activities

The BBQ at Heron's Marsh, Coldham Hall took place on Midsummer's Night and very enjoyable it was. Six boats were there-Yorkshire Belle, Camelot a visitor from Kent, Isabella, Lady Carolyn, Marjon and Lady Alison-15 people plus friends of the host. The highlights of the evening were a tour of the host Chris Corden's Sujiroto, a wooden Broom 45, together with a demonstration of the tango on the aft deck by David and Kathleen and later Disco Dave belting out music across the marshes. Many thanks to Chris for allowing us the use of his splendid riverside property. We will be there again. Next get together is the Raft up at Ranworth 5th July.



Eastern Region Cruise to Southwold mid August

Robert Middleton has kindly agreed to organise a cruise to Southwold leaving Berney Arms early Saturday 16th August and setting off back midday Sunday 17th. Robert has put a lot of detailed work into this including tide and bridge information, facilities at Southwold and passage planning, as well as a comprehensive booking form which details experience and equipment requirements. If you are interested in joining us please contact Robert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

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