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

Summer sailing – the story so far!

Rollesby sailors have been out and about around the area and beyond with several more trips planned for the rest of the summer!
Congratulations to Mike Mc and Simon on winning the Wayfarer UK Nationals (and Internationals) in Ireland.

Sailing is continuing throughout the summer at Rollesby, and what little weed growth we had seems to have receded (as is usual by now).

Roger W has been practising hard for the Solo Nationals next week.
He wrapped up both Whit series, John S finished second in the main morning series with Chris M and Heather pipping Dave and Diane G to third place, and the wine, by one point! 

The summer regatta was sailed on a warm light wind day and Roger won overall (but not all the races) Dan B beat Dan H to second place on countback.

Can we remind anyone using a club boat that there is a nominal fee (for maintenance!) that should be paid to a committee member (John S is best if he is there). Also we need the record book (under the results noticeboard)to be filled out so we can monitor their use and more significantly know about any breakages – we are aware these happen, but can’t fix anything we don’t know about!

We also need a volunteer (actually two!) to represent the club at the interclub Ramuz trophy event – this year to be on Sat 28th Sept at WOBYC in Squibs – please let Ian A know – or phone him by end of August if you are interested.

Enjoy the rest of the summer on the water.


Moth trapping

Hi All, Norfolk Wildlife Trust are doing a moth trapping activity in the woods by the Sailing Club on Saturday 3rd August from 8pm.

Eilish will take a couple of bat detectors. If any members are interested and would like to come along they would be very welcome.

Unless they want to see the trap in daylight I would suggest coming along after 9pm (and bring a torch).

Many thanks


Warden – Trinity Broads

Raffle for a Great Cause

Hi All,

Daniel has organised a Raffle in aid of Heart2Heart a great charity that instals public use Defibrillators in Norfolk in Suffolk, one of which saved Richard Brown’s life back in 2018, so why not buy a ticket or 5.

Tickets are £1.00 each with all proceeds going to Heart2Heart Norfolk.  If people would like to donate could they please remember to leave their name on the JustGiving page (Click Here) so I can then private message them with their raffle ticket numbers.  

Prizes include:-
£100.00 cash, multiple tickets to Pleasurewood Hills, Pleasure Beach, Model Village, Sea Life Centres, Hippodrome Circus, Time & Tide (and lots of other local museums), ‘Bar 1’ buffet for up to 50 people, bottles of wine, candles, beauty products, large cuddly toy and more……..

The raffle will be drawn at the Heart2Heart charity shop on Bells Rd on the 10th of August (tickets also available from the shop).

Many Thanks


Leader / Multi-Sail Open

20 Sailors (40% of whom were women) took part in Rollesby Broad’s Leader /Multisail Open Meeting on Sunday 19th May. A good northerly breeze blowing straight down the broad meant a long beat could be set, with the run being significant tactically as wind shifts came into play downwind more than normal.

In the Leaders Ian & Sharon Ayres started the first race poorly but port-tacked back under the fleet to lead at the first mark. Mike and Val Sherwen were in close pursuit, but the Ayres spinnaker pulled them well clear downwind. On the second lap the wind dropped slightly bringing the Sherwens back into contention as the wind shifted and filled in from behind.

The Ayres held on and these two boats finished well clear of Mike & Sally Newlove who took third by a whisker from Chris & Jane Wharmby.

Starting race two more strongly it looked like an easy win for the Ayres, but again the variable wind brought the rest of the fleet back to them on the long run down the broad.

The Wharmby’s briefly pulled through into second, but the Sherwens seemed to have an edge over them upwind and though the gaps closed and spread the order remained unchanged for the second and third laps.

The afternoon saw one of Rollesby’s Eel’s Foot races; starting with a mile long run and with sufficient wind to sail (with spinnaker full) though the cut into Ormesby Little Broad. The Ayres had a short but reasonable lead at the downwind cafe mark. However leading up a beat on a broad is never totally secure and as they converged from different directions at the windward pub mark, both Sherwens and the Wharmbys moved to the front. Flying the spinnaker on the next reach took the Ayres back to the front and they picked the right side of the beat second time round. Unusually there was still sufficient wind to beat back through cut and the Ayres pulled well clear here with the Sherwens in second. At this point, third looked like going to the Newloves, but the Wharmbys were not done and managed to pull through on the very last tack, after beating the full kilometre length of the broad on the way home. 

A fleet composed largely of Wayfarers made up the mixed fleet. Pete & Rachel Smith were on form and showed the fleet how to sail with excellent upwind performances and some sensible covering on the runs. Bob Sparrow & Steve Gibbons looked like leading home the rest whilst Auriel Gibson & Lindsey Nettleton couldn’t quite hang on to them despite being brave enough to try their spinnaker! However Jon Burnell & Malcolm Page in their Stratos were able to use their extra sail area downwind to steal second place from the Wayfarers.

Race 2 resorted more to form with the Smiths first and Sparrow second.

Only three ;but those who had been closest to each other all morning; Wayfarers ventured out for the Eel’s Foot Race. Daniel Harvey & Andy Smith had a good first run staying in touch with the others and then read the shifts in Ormesby Little Broad well to push Sparrow all the way round. Eventually however they just ran out of pure speed on the long beat back and had to settle for second behind Sparrow & Gibbons.

Overall Results:


1. Ian & Sharon Ayres (Rollesby) – 2 pts
2. Mike & Val Sherwen (Felixstowe Ferry ) – 4
3. Chris & Jane Wharmby (Milton Keynes) – 6
4. Mike & Sally Newlove (Reading) – 7
5. Dave & Anne Lomas (Reading) – 10

Multi-Sail Fleet:

1. Pete & Rachel Smith – Wayfarer – 2 pts
2. Bob Sparrow & Steve Gibbons – Wayfarer – 3
3. Auriel Gibson & Lindsey Nettleton – Wayfarer – 6
4. Daniel Harvey & Andy Smith – Wayfarer – 6
5. Jon Burnell & Malcolm Page – Stratos – 7

Charity Bike Ride

To support Heart2Heart a great charity that has now installed over 100 publicly accessible defibrillators, one of which was on hand when Richard really needed it last year Richard has organised a charity bike ride.

It’s a 60 mile ride around Norfolk on Sunday June the 9th.  Club members involved that I know of are Richard, Tamsin, Vince and myself along with around 20 others from GYGSC and friends/colleagues of Richard. 

I have attached a link to the Anglia News feature that was on TV last week about Heart2Heart Norfolk and also a link to a Just Giving page.

All money received will be split between Heart2Heart Norfolk and the British Heart Foundation.

Anglia News feature

Daniels Just Giving page

Richards Just Giving page

Or Just grab Tamsin or Vince

Kind regards, Daniel

Pick your duty date

The July to December 2019 Duties List has been posted on the Results Board and will be there until 22nd June (see attached). I suggest you get in early to sign up for the date which suits you best. If you can’t make it to the Club house then please send me an email ( with your 1st, 2nd and even 3rd choice of duty and duty date and I will fill in your name. As before the Duties List in the Club House takes precedent over emails.

Picking your own date makes it better for yourselves and easier for me to complete the list. So please come along to the Club house and pick a date or send me an email with your preferences.

Best regards,

Mike Horwitz

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………..