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The joint authors of

‘East Coast Pilot’,

pictured here at West Mersea.


From left to right:

Garth Cooper,

Dick Holness, and the

late Colin Jarman.


Garth Cooper: From learning to row on the Broads to sailing his current, beloved ‘Ngaire’, designed by Kim Holman, Garth has spent a lifetime sailing the East Coast and still finds new places to explore. After an apprenticeship at Whisstock’s boatyard in Woodbridge, Garth joined the BBC as a broadcast journalist, then became a yachting journalist and was Editor of the magazine ‘Anglia Afloat’ for a time.

Dick Holness: Dick began sailing at Herne Bay SC at the age of 12 and was soon bitten by the dinghy racing bug which occupied him for the next 40 years. He turned to cruising late in life and now has a 36’ shoal-draught Moody tucked away in a mud berth at Conyer. He started writing late in life, too, and was recruited by John Goode at ‘Sailing Today’ before being headhunted on to the ‘ECP’ project. He adores quiet muddy creeks and swatchways, and enjoys finding short cuts. His proper job was in IT so he ‘got lumbered’, as he puts it, with the ECP website.

Colin Jarman: ECP was Colin’s idea originally; he masterminded the first edition and worked as a third of the team on the second, third and fourth editions. Sadly he passed away in November 2016, but part of his legacy is ECP which will carry on into the future with new editions. A tribute to his life can be found here.



For the Northern half of the book, email Garth - Great Yarmouth to the Blackwater, chapters one to 11.

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  For the the Southern half, email Dick - from the Crouch to Ramsgate, chapters 12 to 19.

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