GYGSC – Spring Regattas and Open Day

Our Friends at Gt Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club would like to invite you to a number of events this summer

Monday 27th May – Bank holiday open Day. – Start time 10:30
Come with or without your boat, and experience the joys of clean wind and open spaces, GYGSC – members will be available to offer an introduction to the Sea sailing experience.

Sunday 9th June Britannia Pier Race. – Start Time 10:30
We also have a Training Day on Saturday 8th June so why not stay for the whole weekend?

 Beach Regatta 2019

Thursday 20th June – Thursday Evening Regatta – Start time 7pm
This is likely to be 2/3 races over a shorter inshore course than Sundays and with usually lighter evening winds a great opportunity to race on the sea. The evening sailing tends to attract more single handers especially Lasers than the larger weekend courses.

Saturday 22nd June Beach Regatta. – Start time 13:00 Briefing 12:00

Sunday 23rd June Beach Regatta. – Start Time 10:30
This is our main open event of the year there will be 3 back to back races each day.
If guests would like to leave their boats on site for the Week this should not be a problem.

Sunday 4th August – Lowestoft passage Race. – Start time 10:30
The planned race is to Lowestoft and back depending on favourable conditions

Directions to GYGSC can be found at Location

Post Code  – NR31 6PL

Any Questions just email us –

Please feel free to display the attached poster wherever you can………..

Eels Foot race Sunday 12th May (not 5th).

Hi Folks
Please take note, the Club Series Eels Foot race is incorrect on the printed / published programme.It should be on Sunday 12th May (not 5th). It is correct on the duty list.
For those of you with double-handers, don’t forget our double-hander open on May 19th which also includes and Eels foot in the afternoon!
Can I also take this opportunity to ask race officer that if they work out the times for races on a separate scrap paper (this is fine by me) that they copy at least the finish times (ideally calculated times as well) onto the official sheet so that if anyone questions a result I have something to refer back to and not just the positions.


Try Sailing 27th April Postponed

The weather looks absolutely awful on Saturday. Too wet and too windy and not for beginners!.

So the Saturday event is postponed until 11th May, where we will ask everyone, volunteers and newbies alike, when to fit the missing day back in to the schedule.
I have spoken or left voicemails with everyone who has offered to help on Saturday but if any of you were intending to turn up on spec this is just advise you of the cancellation.

Try Sailing has been a great success for the club and it’s disappointing to have our first cancellation in however many years.
But hopefully we’re all OK for the 11th May.

Kind Regards

Pete and Rachel

Solo / Single-hander Open 2019 Report

A beautiful sunny morning greeted the competitors for Rollesby Broad’s Solo and Single-hander open meeting on Easter Sunday, only the wind direction was not ideal creating shifty conditions but it was at least strong enough to give a reasonable first beat all day.

The Solos completed four races; Mark Maskell (Blackwater) set off as he meant to continue by leading from the start with John Saddington (Rollesby) his closest pursuer at the first turn. The rest of the pack was very tight and there were regular changes for any boat jumping from 10th to fourth and just as quickly back again! Steve Bishop (Girton) was a little unlucky to be in the pack but once clear set off in pursuit of the leading twosome; eventually nailing the short beat at the farther end of the course to take a narrow win. Ian Ayres (Rollesby) recovered from being OCS to take third by overtaking Pete Matthews (WOBYC) a few meters from the finish..

Maskell won race two by a large margin after sailing away from the first mark on his own private puff! Bishop and Ayres slowed each other by arriving at the mark together but slowly cleared the rest with Saddington leading the pack home in fourth.

After lunch a slight change of course clearly suited Maskell as he won both races, in the third his long term closest challenger was Roger Wilson (Rollesby) before Bishop and Saddington came through on one of the long reaches.

The final race proved the closest. Maskell again looked clear with Ayres and Matthews in pursuit before Bishop spotted an in filling shift at the bottom of the beat on lap two and took several places, bringing through Terry Palmer (Upper Thames) with him. The leading pair pulled clear as the pack played snakes and ladders until the last lap when Maskell had just enough to hang on for the win. Matthews came from behind to gain an overlap on Ayres at the last mark and this time held on for third.

Six Streakers joined a mixed single-handed fleet and proved how keen they were by needing a general recall in race 1! Tamsin Highfield (Rollesby) had a good first beat but couldn’t live with the ultimate speed of visitors Veronica Falat (WOBYC) and Ian Bradley (Ouse Amateur). These two swapped places twice within the last 30 seconds of the race with Falat coming out on top.

Bradley had much less problem winning race 2 after picking the right side of the first beat with Falat and Mark Langston (Beccles Amateur) taking the minor places. Having decided their meeting would be only three races Falat set off with determination in race 3 but the shifty beats meant Bradley and Langston could never be written off until the last beat which Falat sailed almost straight up whilst they had to tack several times to reach the finish line.

Mike McNamara in his Harrier perhaps unsurprisingly won the mixed fleet, though he did have to come from behind after race 1. Steve Whitby in his MiniSail took second on count-back from Daniel Bull’s Laser.

Overall Results:


  1. 5779 – Mark Maskall (Blackwater); 3pts
  2. 5649 – Steve Bishop (Girton); 5
  3. 5232 – Ian Ayres (Rollesby Broad); 10
  4. 5443 – John Saddington (Rollesby Broad); 12
  5. 5001 – Peter Matthews (WOBYC); 13
  6. 5259 – Roger Wilson (Rollesby Broad); 16
  7. 4258 – Ian Hanson (Rollesby Broad); 17
  8. 5724 – Terry Palmer (Upper Thames); 22
  9. 5648 – Simon Strode (Rollesby Broad); 24
  10. 3941 – Steve Leigh (Rollesby Broad); 27
  11. 5496 – Ron Laurie (Harlow Blackwater) 30
  12. 4405 – Mike Horwitz (Rollesby Broad); 35
  13. 4864 – Chris Mann (Rollesby Broad); 37
  14. 4180 – Phil Alison (Rollesby Broad); 42


  1. 1972, Veronica Falat (WOBYC); 4 pts
  2. 2121, Ian Bradley (Ouse ASC); 5
  3. 1920, Mark Langston (Beccles ASC); 10
  4. 1568, J Blankley (Beccles ASC); 13
  5. 1490, Tamsin Highfield (RBSC); 14
  6. 1723, Ian Mansfield (Alton Water SC); 17

Mixed Fleet:

  1. Harrier 70, Mike McNamara; 3 pts
  2. MiniSail 4220, Steve Whitby; 7
  3. Laser 207011, Daniel Bull; 7
  4. Phantom 1212, Chris Toothill; 11
  5. Laser —-, Steve Vaughan; 13

Spring / Eels Foot Report

The Spring series at Rollesby started with the first “Eels Foot Race” of the year. Fourteen boat set out but, as the wind died after the start, the short beat across the Broad turned into a torturous affair. Mike McNamara in his Harrier with Ian and Sharon Ayres in their Leader came round the windward mark ahead of the rest. After a slow broad reach down the Broad the wind picked up and once through the cut, the fleet had a good sail in the bigger Broad. McNamara lead the fleet home. The Leader and the Hansons in their Wayfarer were not far behind having made good use of spinnakers. Handicap results gave the Ayres a win with McNamara second and Val and Chris Hanson third.
The second race with a figure of eight course saw a clear win for McNamara with Ian Hanson in a solo second and the Leader third.

Three Lasers and a Wayfarer stayed for the afternoon race. Keith Sykes
Laser took the win two second infront of Bob Sparrow and Steve in the Wayfarer.

Don’t forget its Mike Macs – Rules talk this Wednesday

To kick off the season, and at the request of several Wednesday Sailors, Mike McNamara has agreed to give a talk on the racing rules on the previous Wednesday evening i.e. 17thApril.

We would intend this kick off at 7 and Mike has promised to aim it at those who have done a little racing but would benefit from knowing more than just the port / starboard rule!

Learn to Sail Starts- April 27th.

Free lessons provided for new club members

Courses will run on Saturdays
April 27th
May 11th
May 25th
June 8th
From 10:00 to 16:00

Click on Leaflet Image for more details

Please pass on to any interested parties.  

The course will be run by club members in both members’ boats and our own club boats.

The course will be open to both youngsters and adults.

Sailing is perceived as being an expensive sport. Nothing could be further from the truth. You don’t even need to own a boat since we have a fleet of club boats available.  

For more information all Rachel or Pete on 01953 606334.

Spring Regatta

Rollesby held their Spring Regatta on Sunday. In the pouring rain, at the start of the morning, it did not feel like spring but eleven single handers turned out. As the rain stopped a fresh breeze developed from the north blowing down the Broad and the fleet was treated to some good sailing conditions.
In race one John Saddington in a solo and Matt Boreham in his laser got clear of the rest. Boreham crossed the line first but Saddington took the win on handicap with Steve Whitby in his mini sail second.
In race two Boreham gained a substantial lead on the first lap and was not to be caught. The solo of Ian Hanson made second with the mini sail third. With mixed results and a discard available the regatta win was up for grabs in the third race. With an increasing wind the lasers lead the way with a win by Boreham, the mini sail second. The results reconciled gave Boreham the
trophy with the mini sail second and Ian Hanson in the solo third.
Results Spring Regatta.

  1. Laser Matt Boreham
  2. Mini Sail Steve Whitby
  3. Solo Ian Hanson

FYI — Car Number Plate – AU14 HKN, Found on floor now in Club house

Wednesdays & Rule Talk

This year our personal start pursuit racing starts on 24th April it is intended that racing starts at 6.30 for a Mirror (rather than 7) to allow more sailing time before the breeze dies. If you arrive a bit late you may be able to request a small delay from our friendly race team!

To kick off the season, and at the request of several Wednesday Sailors, Mike McNamara has agreed to give a talk on the racing rules on the previous Wednesday evening i.e. 17thApril.

We would intend this kick off at 7 and Mike has promised to aim it at those who have done a little racing but would benefit from knowing more than just the port / starboard rule!

I intend to provide a baked potato meal around 6.45; if anyone wants to partake in this please let me know by Sunday 14thso I know roughly how many to bring!

01692 670547; or catch me at the club.