Summer Social 13th July

Our Summer Social will be here before you know it. The date: Saturday 13th July. The plan is the same as last year for the BBQ, there are a few tweaks on the sailing , which programme now includes a Junior & Novice Regatta.

The programme is as follows:
16.30 WATSON CUP RACE (doubled handed boats, sailed by the helm on their own)
16.35 GREY CUP RACE (single handers)
18.00 BBQ (BBQ to be lit at 17.00)

There will be a charge for the BBQ, £6 Adults, £4 Children (12 and under). Also we are asking if every family unit could bring along a salad / side dish for sharing (please no meat products and if possible label for allergies and your name).
Note: Tea and Cake is for all members regardless if you are staying for the BBQ.

Approximately a month prior to the event you will be able to sign up via WebCollect, where you can indicate if you are coming to the BBQ and how many, what Salad / Side dish you will bring and if you are planning to camp overnight (tent or campervan).

We will also be looking for help, tidying up the site and grounds prior to the event, putting up gazebos, buntings and BBQs on the day and tiding up afterwards on the night. More on this closer to the time.
Meanwhile if any of you have a gazebo you can lend us please let me know. 

Please contact me if you have any questions.
All the best,
07941 430 697

Wed Report May 1st.

Race Report – Personal Handicap Pursuit – Wed 1st May 2024
The first of May came with some warmer weather at last. Thirteen boats went out to enjoy the race in a moderate North Breeze which held up all evening for the second week running.

Henrietta Highfield set of first, this week sailing a Topper. She held her lead for two laps before being overtaken by Mike McNamara and Ian Curtis in their Wayfarer who went on to win the race. Three generations of the Highfields were out with the senior, Stuart showing the way with a second place in his Laser. Chris Foster helming the wayfarer with Auriel claimed a third.

At the end of the race there was a close competition between the Streaker’s of
Roger Wilson and Phil Highfield.
With the number of boats racing the first and last three will all have changed
handicaps for next week.


Wed Eve Pursuit – Starts.

The popular Wednesday Evening Series starts on 24th April.

The pursuit race starts at 18.30 for a mirror dinghy on standard handicap. Start times for all dinghies will be based on the boat handicap adjusted with a personal handicap which can be changed over the series, depending on results. Everyone has a chance to win a race.

The series is an ideal opportunity for inexperienced sailors to try racing and sail a course. Slower sailors find their handicap adjusts so that they start early and can try to stay ahead of the fleet. For the more experienced racers it is good fun to start later and see if any boats can be passed. The race ends at 19.42 when positions are recorded and we often pack up the boats enjoying the sunset over the Broad.

More information can be found here…….

Solo Open – Sat 20th April

Eastern Area Solo Open Meeting

Saturday 20th April 2024

Organising Authority : Rollesby Broad Sailing Club (RBSC)

Event Location: Rollesby Broad Sailing Club, Burgh Wood Rd, Rollesby, Norfolk

Racing Schedule.

There will be a race briefing in front of the club house at 10.30 am. The first start with be scheduled to start no sooner than 10.45.

It’s planned to schedule 4 races . 2 races in the morning a 2 races after lunch.


Competitors may enter on the day by completing the entry form.  Entry Fee will be £5. Entry is encouraged in advance via the RBSC Website here…
We can accept cash payment only on the day.

A maximum of 30 entries will be accepted.

Full Notice of Race Here…….

Solos racing during the 2010 Open regata
Solos racing during the 2010 Open regata

A conversation with Mike McNamara

Friday the 26th of April – 7.00pm in the club house

The first half of the talk will be Autobiographical followed by questions from the floor

Tea and coffee available, bring your own alcohol, nibbles etc.

Entrance by ticket (£5.00 per head for the Museum of the Broads)

Book Here…….

Any questions

Frostbite Open Meeting Sun  4th Feb

Rollesby Broad Sailing Club

Frostbite Open Meeting

Sunday  4th February  2024

Competitors may enter on the day by completing the entry form.  Entry Fee for visitors will be £5.

Entry is encouraged in advance via the RBSC Website.

We can accept cash payment only on the day.

  • There will be a race briefing in front of the club house at 10.30 am. The first start with be scheduled to start no sooner than 10.45.
  • It’s planned to schedule 3 races. 2 races in the morning a 1 race after lunch.
  • Competitors may be split in two separate fleets, “Multi-Sail” and “Single-Sail”, each with separate starts depending on the number of entries and conditions on the day. Classes with 6 or more entries may be given their own start/prizes by prior arrangement with the race authority if appropriate.

All enquires can be made to or contact Roger Wilson on 01493 750434

Full NOR here………….

RBSC  Winter Social – Saturday 24th Feb

Filby Bridge Restaurant

This year it will be again  held at the Filby Bridge Restaurant on Saturday the 24th February  – 6:30 for 7:00

2 course dinner, plus tea or coffee,
Prize giving,
Quiz (for sailors and non-sailors)

Filby Bridge Restaurant – (Main Rd, Great Yarmouth NR29 3AA)

Directions can be found here.

Full details below on how to sign up, choose menu options and payment:

Main Course

Fried Fish & Chips
Grilled  Fish & Chips
Home-made Veg Lasagne
Honey Mustard Chicken
Steak & Ale Pie


Apple Crumble
Eton Mess
Home-made Sherry Trifle
Lemon Cheese Cake

Dinner Menu £26 per person (Including Gratuity)

This year we will be taking online bookings. If you log into your WebCollect account the event is on the left hand side of the home page.

Alternatively click on this link.

You will be able to book and make your menu choices here.

(Please note that where we do have missing membership information you will be required to complete this first. Where membership data is complete you will be taken straight to the menu choices)

“I have some great news for you all, I will be away for several weeks so
you won’t have me sending you any more emails or bugging you at the Club
to sign up for the Winter Social. But I do hope when I get back I will
see that as many of you as possible have signed up. Everyone enjoyed it
last year and I promise you will this. Thanks.”

If you have any questions please contact me and if you can’t reach me then contact Pete Smith (   or   01953 606334 ).

All the Best


07941 430 697



Seventeen boats turned out on a rare dry day for the annual Pursuit Race. The initial fresh S.W. wind veered during the morning to eventually become a light Westerly

There were two Fathers competing against their daughters in the fleet. Emily Pike in her Topper was the first to start whilst her Father Daren in his Phantom was the last.  Emily held the lead for two laps but was overtaken by some of the faster boats in the sheltered parts of the course on lap three. Daren worked his way up to a mid fleet position overtaking Emily during lap four.

Ellie Edwards started  second in her Splash. She held her place until lap four when she was passed by some of the faster boats. Dad Kevin and Sister Pipa started mid fleet  in their Enterprise but by lap four they had become the lead boat and went on to take the Bent Vase Trophy as this year’s winners.

The first three boats spent the race in close competition. Ian Ayres in the Solo was close on the Enterprise’s tail  and Dan Bull in the laser just behind.  The other front runner was Roger Wilson in his Solo who was fourth. Dave Houghton and John Symonds in the Wayfarer had to be satisfied with a fifth place having won this event for the previous three years.

Initial Spread Out Fleet

Leader Close Up

At the end of the race competitors and spectators enjoyed Angie’s mince pies and mulled wine.

Ten boats took part in the next All-commers race. The first beat was “hiked out” sailing but as the veering wing dropped sailing conditions down the Broad become difficult. Getting round the marks on the sheltered side of the broad was the key to the race. Ian Ayres in his solo took an early lead and was a long way ahead when the course was shortened after two laps. Ellie Edwards in the Splash was second and Dan Bull in his Laser third.

Full Results

Boxing Day 2023 Pursuit Race results.

  1. Enterprise – Kevin & Pipa Edwards
  2. Solo – Ian Ayres
  3. Laser – Daniel Bull
  4. Solo – Roger Wilson
  5. Wayfarer – Dave Houghton & John Symonds
  6. Wayfarer – Phil & Tamsin Highfield
  7. Splash – Ellie Edwards
  8. Harrier – Phil Alison
  9. Phantom – Daren Pike
  10. Laser – Howard Astley Jones
  11. Laser – Keith Sykes
  12. Laser – Stuart Highfield
  13. Topper – Emily Pike
  14. Wayfarer – Ian Curtis
  15. Solution – Richard Brown
  16. Wayfarer – Phil Harlow & Lorna
  17. Phantom – Clive Wells

Boxing Day All- commers race

  1. Solo – Ian Ayres
  2. Splash – Ellie Edwards
  3. Laser – Daniel Bull
  4. Wayfarer – Phil & Tamsin Highfield
  5. Solution – Richard Brown
  6. Enterprise Kevin & Pipa Edwards
  7. Laser – Keith Sykes
  8. Harrier – Phil Alison
  9. Solo – Mike Horwitz
  10. Solo – Kevin Postlethwaite
A few Pics from Pursuit Race

Xmas and New Year Sailing

Christmas & New Year Sailing.

Sunday 24th December – No Racing or Sailing

Tuesday 26th Boxing Day –
Pursuit, Watson Cup & Bottle Race
(See details below.)

Sunday 31st December – No Racing or Sailing

Monday 1st January
Our renowned – FREE – New Year’s Day Open Meeting, tell your friends! 




( Solo 10.43,Wayfarer 10.45 ) ( An oppi start is 10.17)

Click here for Full Start times list……








No afternoon races

Junior and Adult Novice Racing Regattas

Combined Report of Junior and Adult Novice Racing Regattas

Two sailing events were held on the 22nd of July and 23rd of September to promote racing to both juniors and adults in a beginner friendly way. Adults who considered themselves ‘novices’ at racing were encouraged to take part to enable them to build confidence and get some close races with others of similar abilities. Juniors competed to gain extra knowledge and have new experiences, with some starting their first ever proper race. There were three categories to enter based on age and experience criteria, Adults (self-explanatory!), Junior Gold (for sailors’ stage 2 and above) and Junior Silver (for ‘newer’ sailors aiming for stage 1).

Saturday 22nd of July 2023

The previous agreed date was postponed due to very high winds and a new date was set before the BBQ summer social which was planned later that afternoon. Due to this last minute cancellation and an unseasonably cold, wet and windy day, numbers were lower than expected. Despite this the sailors took on the tricky conditions, spurred on by the promise of prizes and of course the amazing BBQ after. Racing was extremely closely fought at the top end between both the junior and adult fleets, with lots of position swapping and nail biting finishes. It was two races to count from two so no slip-ups could be afforded if the competitors were aiming for a medal. The results are as follows below.


  1. Rhiannon (Splash) – 3 points
  2. Andy (Splash) – 4 points
  3. Gary (Laser) – 7 points
  4. Jane B and Jane M (Wanderer) – 8 points
  5. Chris and Angus (Heron) – 11 points

Junior Gold:

  1. Henrietta (Optimist) – 2 points
  2. Evie (Optimist) – 4 points
  3. Matthew (Topper) – 9 points
  4. Nicholas (Optimist) – 10 points
  5. Saturday 23rd September

Saturday 23rd of September 2023

With the end of the Friday evening junior celebrations the day before, spirits were high and the turnout was great with 19 boats taking to the water. The wind was a shifty and gusty westerly, with some sailors opting for reefs to manage these conditions and all dressing warmly for the cooler air. The day started off quite windy and cold, but by lunch time the sun made an appearance but took the wind away! Again there was very close racing to be had in all fleets but this time sailors were allowed to discard their worst result from the three races with countback being taken into consideration. The rescue boat crew worked hard, relaying information about shorten courses and giving the newest racers in the junior silver fleet some additional guidance and support to get around their course. Things went down to the wire in the final junior gold race, as first place could have gone to anyone and the positons at the top end were constantly changing. Everyone displayed great tactics and skill to navigate the headers, lifts and patchy wind often inadvertently ending up with two beats! Slower boats seemed to benefit as their ‘good’ handicaps worked out well in the hotly contested races where most boats finished close together. By the end of the last race the wind had dropped to almost nothing and some boats drifted round to the finish. The sailors had well-deserved prizes waiting for them and the results follow below with a more detailed breakdown available in the club house.


  1. John (Laser 13) – 2 points
  2. Suzanne (Topper) – 3 points
  3. Andy (Splash) – 5 points
  4. Ed (Laser) – 7 points
  5. Don (Solo) – 8 points
  6. Toni (Pico) – 10 points

Junior Gold:

  1. Henrietta (Optimist)  – 2 points
  2. Matthew (Topper) – 3 points
  3. Evie (Optimist) – 5 points
  4. Kerry (Topper) – 7 points
  5. James (Topper) – 11 points
  6. Adam (Pico) – 11 points
  7. Eleanor and Elsa (Wayfarer) – 12 points
  8. Nicholas (Optimist) – 14 points
  9. Una (Optimist) – 17 points

Junior Silver:

  1. Josef (Topper 4.2) – 2 points
  2. Bronwen (Optimist) – 4 points
  3. Jack (Topper 4.2) – 4 points
  4. Ketty (Optimist) – 7 points

A huge thank you is owed to our rescue boat crews, training team and the parents who all volunteered their time to help the event run smoothly. Another big thanks is given to all competitors who came out to support the club at these new events and showed such great determination and racing skills. A special mention also goes out to those juniors whose very first races were had as they all did amazing, taking to the race course in some challenging conditions and all completed at least once race. We look to run more events in the future so keep your eyes out! The team looks forward to seeing more of you out on the water racing on Sundays, doing the Wednesday Evenings Series next summer and the junior blocks in 2024, or just out for a casual sail next season when the weather returns. We hope you have enjoyed this season’s programme and will hopefully see you again sometime!