FELIXSTOWE - Suffolk

Panoramic View of Felixstowe
180º panoramic shot of Felixstowe (NE End)

Felixstowe is one of the few coastal locations in the East Anglian region that is still sailed on a regular basis (during the summer months at least). If there is decent wind, there will usually be someone there after work or during the weekend, but rarely during the day. 5 sailors is a lot here!

UPDATE: Most people now sail from Cliffland Car Park, next to the golf course. See HERE for details.

Map overlooking the sailing area, and local information

OS Map with Aerial Photo

Flat Water: <F3 YES
Wind Chop: >F3 YES
Waves: Sometimes
Beach: Shingle / Sand
Wind Direction : NE-SW W-N

Car parking : YES (Free/20p)
Toilets : YES
Café : Several

Nearest Windsurf Shop : unknown

Wind information from Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club
Tide information can be found here.

Felixstowe is located on the East Coast of Suffolk, approximately 9 miles SE of Ipswich. Approach on the A14, and at the first roundabout go Right for the SW launch site, or straight ahead for the NE launch site, and follow to the sea.

There are three distinct launch sites at Felixstowe. The one to choose depends on the wind direction, but in general the NE-most site (known locally as "The Fludges") is the most popular. Park on the roadside (free) near the toilet block. The SW-most site is the next most popular. Park in the car-park (20p per hour until 6pm) near the old theatre. Note that you cannot drive from the centre site to the Fludges site without driving slightly inland.

There can be a very nasty side-shore rip at the Fludges site, caused by water entering or exiting the River Deben. Be very wary of this, as it often means rigging at least 1m larger sail than you think to counteract the lack of apparent wind. Beginners should use the SW-most site instead!

Launching areas are shown by the red arrows. Aerial Photos & Maps from Multimap and GetMapping

The photos below should give an idea of the range of conditions found at this location. The larger images have a description of the conditions at the time the shot was taken. If you've got any good photos that you'd like to see here then email the site and I'll add them on if possible.

Typical Sailing Conditions

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