Club Junior and Novice Start Racing Regatta

🌟The planned date is Saturday 23rd September and hopefully the weather will be better this time around! The overall plan and pre-event information is basically the same as last time but notable changes are 3 planned races (rather than 2) and if anyone has already paid for club boats their fee will roll over.

💫A polite reminder for members to please read the full information before signing up. You can WhatsApp me if you have questions but I am at the club Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as well.

✏️I have not deleted any sign ups so members can use the digital form in the document again to add/remove “comments” which I will then update as I get an email when ever someone suggests a change. If you are on mobile, you can click on the 3 dots and switch to ‘print layout’ to make it easier to read and ‘suggest changes’ but on a desktop mode I believe you just click and type in the box you want to make a comment on.

📝Paper copies and the cash tub will be in the club house from this Friday evening for people to sign up with and I will of course be checking those weekly on Sundays! Looking forward to having a great turn out again.

⛵There will hopefully be a mass email coming round soon so those who are not in the WhatsApp group can get the document as well, but please share this link with other members who may be interested. I will also produce a ‘report’ of the combined events (Saturday 22nd of July and this upcoming regatta) that could hopefully be posted on the website but that will all be in due course!

Here is the link for the updated document for our upcoming RBSC Junior and Novice Start Racing Regatta.

Xmas and New Year Sailing

Christmas & New Year Sailing.

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

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

Please Note – Sunday 25th December – No Racing or Sailing




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

Click here for Full Start times list……







NB No catering this year so bring your own refreshments.
No afternoon races

Club Open Day -April 23rd

Rollesby Broad Sailing Club

50th Anniversary.

RYA Recognised Training Establishment

Both adult and junior sailing courses available to members throughout the year.

Sat 23rd April
10:00 am  – 2:00 pm 

Ever fancied trying dinghy sailing?

Thinking about restarting sailing or possibly joining a club?

Come along to Rollesby Broad’s Open Day

It’s a great opportunity to meet the friendly club members and see our facilities

Club members will be available to take visitors out in a variety of boats

or just to give advice about the sport

 Ange has very kindly said that she will provide savory and sweet snacks throughout the day (Not to be missed)

RBSC Sepia

Or simply enjoy a few hours at our lovely broad! 

 For directions and more club information please visit:

Rollesby Broad – the only 52 weeks a year sailing club in the Norfolk Broads!

Please feel free to display this poster RBSC Open Day 2022

New Year’s Day Open 2022 Report

A perfect wind direction and mild temperature saw a great turnout, including 5 visitors, set out on the first 1 km beat along the entire length of Rollesby Broad for this year’s New Years Day Open. With a good breeze blowing there were capsizes and anyone who could break clear of the main fleet traffic and find some clear air was likely to prosper, the usual ‘stay away from the banks’ strategy on the return run only seemed to pay for spinnaker boats rather than the single-handers who were significantly split in downwind tactics.

Race Start

Rather unsurprisingly it was Daren Pike in his Phantom who led round race 1; perhaps inspired by the challenge of lapping daughter Emily in her Topper; he managed it comfortably in race 1 only by a few seconds in race 2. His closest challenger on the water was Daniel Bull in his Laser, revelling in the strong conditions Bull took both the first two races on handicap and hence the meeting! Behind these front two the racing was extremely close with only one point overall separating third from seventh.

Dave Houghton & Jon Symonds struggled to get their Wayfarer to the front of the fleet upwind, but once they raised their spinnaker they were able to make up their handicap with Richard Bailey & Ian Curtis also enjoying the kite flying on the long run. Roger Wilson and Ian Ayres led the nine strong Solo fleet, swapping wins in the morning, but unable to escape far enough from Ellie Edwards in her Splash who enjoyed her morning with two fourth place on handicap.

After a capsize and a DNF in race 1 slightly more space (13 starters) and a change of course for the afternoon clearly suited Howard Astley-Jones in his Vareo as he record a win to snatch third place overall on a tie break with Pike and Edwards, coming ashore the sailors had no idea of the overall minor places; Bailey and Wilson were also tied just one point from third.

Prize Winners.

Overall Results

1. Daniel Bull (Laser) – 2 pts
2. Dave Houghton & Jon Symonds (Wayfarer) – 5
3.Howard Astley-Jones (Vareo) – 8
4. Daren Pike (Phantom) – 8
5. Ellie Edwards (Splash) – 8
6. Richard Bailey & Ian Curtis (Wayfarer) – 9
7. Roger Wilson (Solo) – 9

Full Results can be found here…..

Boxing Day Race Report

A damp overcast day may have been off putting but members did turn up. 14 boats challenged for the Annual Pursuit Race Trophy. The light east wind gave a reasonable beat from marks 5 to 6. The variable wind over the rest of the course lead to much place changing and the successful sailors were those in the
“right place.”
Ellie Edwards in her splash was the first boat to start and maintained a good lead for four laps. Dave Houghton and John Symonds in their Wayfarer together with Roger Wilson in his Solo closed the gap on the last lap and after a telling beat came round the top mark just behind the Splash. As the race timed out
on the reach Ellie became sandwiched with the Wayfarer just in front and the Solo behind. Dave and John were the defending trophy holders and able to reclaim the “Bent Vase”

Pursuit Race

Angie and Keith provided the mince pies and mulled wine to warm everyone up.

With the weather turning wetter only five single handers sailed the next race. This was won by Ellie with Howard Astley Jones second in his Vareo. A consolation prize for Howard who was very late at the start line in the pursuit.


  1. Wayfarer Dave Houghton and John Symonds
  2. Splash Ellie Edwards
  3. Solo Roger Wilson
  4. Laser Chris Foster
  5. Laser Daniel Bull
  6. Laser Keith Sykes
  7. Solo Kevin Edwards
  8. Streaker Phil Highfield
  9. Solo Matt Boreham
  10. Solo Kevin Postlethwaite
  11. Laser Stuart Highfield
    12 Wayfarer Ian Curtis
    13 Solo Phil Alison
  12. Vareo Howard Astley Jones

  13. Splash Ellie Edwards
  14. Vareo Howard Astley Jones
  15. Solo Roger Wilson
  16. Streaker Phil Highfield
  17. Laser Keith Sykes.

Xmas and New Year Sailing

Christmas & New Year Sailing 21/22

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

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

Sunday 2nd January
No Racing or Sailing


Sailing Programme For 26th December 2021

10.15 Course Set For Pursuit Race

10.20 Ten Minute Warning

10.30 Race Start For Base Boat -Mirror
Other Boats Follow Based On Py No
(Eg  Solo 10.43 – Wayfarer 10.45 )
Please Note – Any Oppies start at 10:17!!!!

Please see here for full list of Class start times.

11.42 Race Finish

11.45 Refreshments – MINCE PIES & MULLED WINE – Club Treat !

Presentation Of “Bent Vase” To Pursuit Race Winner

12.10 Ten Minute Warning

12.20 Watson Cup Race

This Is For Double Handed Boats Sailed By The Helm Only

12.25 Allcomers Single Handed Race For Bottle Of Wine

13.15. Refreshments – SNACKS & DRINKS

13.30 Presentation Of Cup And Race Prizes

No Afternoon Races


Sailing Restart

According to Government / RYA guidelines sailing clubs can reopen from the 29th March. In practice that means we can sail any day of the week from 1st April and the first day racing will be 4th April. The risk assessment taking into account the latest guidelines has been updated by Ken Johnston and is attached to this email. In short; The Rule of 6 and 2m social distancing still apply. The Club house and changing rooms will be closed, toilets open.

Please read the RA here for full details before you arrive at the Club, thanks.


According to Government guidelines we will be able to serve food outside from the 12th April. Therefore the plan is to bring Angie back and her excellent food on the 18th April. There will be full details on how we plan to go about this, closer to the date.

Duty Rota

In order to run races we all need to take our turn doing a duty either in the race box or in the safety boat. So please get in touch with Clive Girling (, with a date.

To see what dates are available refer to the Duty Rota list on our web page:

Learn to Sail with us 2020.

The general committee, myself and the club safety officer have discussed the matter and considering the serious situation with the coronavirus

Try Sailing events are postponed.

Free lessons provided for new club members

Courses will run on Saturdays

April 18th
April 25th
May 9th
May 16th
From 10:00 to 16:00

Click On image for 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.

Christmas and New Year Sailing

Christmas & New Year Sailing 2019/20

For a Change there is no interruption to our usual program over the festive season, so

NO Sailing on Boxing Day this year.

however there are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water (properly equipped of course!)

Sunday 22nd Normal Club Racing 

Sunday 29th Pursuit Race  (10:30 start for Mirrors) 

followed by the Watson Cup – double handed boats sailed single handed,

and a bottle race for normal single handed fleet if demand.

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

3 races, 2 to count.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Nicks Clipper RTW Challenge

Hi All
I am about to embarque on a major new challenge for the next year,starting today 1st September from Tower Bridge London I will be circumnavigating the world as part of the crew on a 70ft ocean racing yacht in the ‘Clipper Round the World Challenge’. The race & my progress can be followed by going to and selecting the races viewer.
A part of that challenge is to raise funds for Unicef, one of the boat sponsors. So to help achieve my goal of raising £500 towards a boat total of £33000. I will put in the sea miles if you can spare a little of your hard earned cash for a good cause. You can make a contribution via the JustGiving page.
I am funding the trip myself and any contribution you might make will all go to UNICEF

Some facts

  • No of boats in race fleet: 11
  • Our boat: CV20 ‘Imagine Your Korea’
  • Distance traveled: 41165nm
  • Oceans: 6
  • Days of racing: 228
  • Legs: 8
  • Races: 15
  • Ports visited: 16

best regards & wish me luck!!

Nick Whittle