March 15th 2020 will see the second We Do Mean To Go To Sea conference hosted by the Woolverstone Project in association with the Cruising Association supported by Fox’s Marina and Boatyard and the Royal Harwich Yacht Club. The Cruising Conference will be a one day celebration of cruising hosted at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, Suffolk. During the day there will be keynote speeches from prominent sailors, workshops run by experts in their field (individuals and marine companies), demonstrations and exhibitions. This innovative new event will inspire you to get more from your cruising and by attending you will be giving disabled people the opportunity to enjoy getting afloat, as all profits raised from the Cruising Conference will go directly to the Woolverstone Project to provide sailing sessions for the disabled.

We will be updating the website over the coming months, so keep an eye on it and we will publish updates as they become available.


The Cruising Conference is an innovative new event for cruising sailors taking place at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook in Suffolk. The conference will be a one day event and will include stimulating keynote lectures, practical workshops on a wide range of issues related to cruising including weather, sail trim, advice on different cruising destinations as well help and support from experts in the field. Just choose the four workshops which appeal to you the most when you book. Follow the links below for further details of all the sessions:

All profits from the event will go to support the work of the Woolverstone Project who offer sailing for the disabled.

How does it work?

We Do Mean To Go To Sea is an exciting new format for a sailing event. The conference takes place over a day and during the day, there will be a series of keynote lectures and various workshops.

As you can see from our workshops list, there is a huge range of workshops. When you book you can choose the three workshops that interest you the most, along with a couple of reserves. The earlier you book, the more likely we are to be able to give you your first choice of workshops.

Why not come with a partner or family member and you can then do eight workshops between you? A joint ticket is better value, so it is worth booking early and for two.

Sponsored by Fox’s Marina and Boatyard

Fox’s Marina & Boatyard is located on the River Orwell in Ipswich and has extensive boat handling, storage and refit and repair facilities. The Fox’s team is a great mix of cruising and racing sailors complemented by time-served engineers and craftsmen and offer a comprehensive range of in-house services including: composite repairs and modification; gelcoat repairs and polishing; spray paint application and finishing; traditional timber repairs; joinery and teak deck work; electronic installation and fault finding; marine engineering; stainless fabrication; standing and running rigging; spar supply and maintenance; commercial and workboat services and race preparation and support. Fox’s on site marine store, Fox’s Chandlery, is the largest facility of its kind on the east coast, if not the UK. An official service partner to the Oyster World Rally, Fox’s has decades of experience in fitting out and rigging quality yachts for long-distance, bluewater cruising and is perfectly equipped to provide all their customers with a first class service, from casual berthing to complete refits.