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SYH celebrates 50-year milestone

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From flooded farmland in 1967 to the east coast's largest privately-owned marina, Suffolk Yacht Harbour on the River Orwell has come a long way in 50 years.


SYH managing director Jonathan Dyke comments, "Since Suffolk Yacht Harbour was founded in 1967, the marina has grown from 12 acres and 40 berths to a 550-berth yachting hub receiving over 3,000 local and visiting yachtsmen every year."


In February 1967, Suffolk Yacht Harbour Limited was founded by a team of local businessmen.  Founding members Michael Spear, Charles Stennett and local boatbuilder Eric Wright were supported by Chris Jonas (chartered surveyor and engineer), Kim Holman (naval architect), John Adams (architect), and Geoff Hubbard (financial advisor).

SYH original marshland 1967

Original marshland in 1967

This team of men and their families started excavating half a million tons of mud and silt under their own labour, beginning a 50-year journey to create the harbour development as it is now.

Jonathan adds, "The site has changed significantly in 50 years and we have enjoyed several 'milestone moments' along the way; from presenter Griff Rhys Jones opening the Harbour Centre to appearing on BBC's Countryfile for our work with the local environment.

"Whether you are new to the marina, or if your family has been a berth-holder for generations, we invite everyone to share past stories and future plans."

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