November 4, 2019

NSBA AGM 25 November 2019

Remember, remember the 25th of November – its the NSBA AGM
Monday 25th November 7.30 pm at The Holiday Inn, Ipswich Road, Norwich, NR4 6EP.  Full details in the newsletter here.

November 4, 2019

Autumn 2019 Newsletter

The autumn 2019 newsletter is available to download here.

September 4, 2019

NSBA Broadland Youth Regatta 2019 Results

Congratulations to all who took part in the event at Hickling Broad Sailing Club on 31 August, whether as sailor, organiser or supporter.

A full report will follow in due course, but in the meantime the results can be downloaded here..

August 5, 2019

HMRC consultation on diesel fuel used in pleasure craft

HMRC launches consultation on Implementation of the CJEU judgment on diesel fuel used in private pleasure craft

HM Revenue and Customs is inviting views on, and seeking information about, proposed changes to the rules for red diesel used in private pleasure craft as a result of the judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). This judgement ruled that the UK’s  taxation rules for diesel used in private pleasure craft contravened the Fuel Marker Directive and thus  private diesel powered pleasure craft will in future be required to use white diesel for propulsion.

HM Revenue and Customs’ 8-week consultation sets out the changes the government intends to make to bring the UK’s practice into line with the Directive and seeks evidence about the impact of the changes on users of diesel powered craft and their fuel suppliers.

The responses will be used to help determine whether a period will be required for suppliers and users of diesel fuel to adapt to using only white diesel for propulsion of private pleasure craft and, if needed, the length of any such period. Affected members are therefore encouraged to respond to the consultation which seems to be aimed more at individual owners than organisations representing them.

The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 9 September 2019.

Boaters should experience no change in respect of their use of red diesel both in the UK and overseas until the UK Government makes changes to existing legislation.

The consultation is available at:

July 23, 2019

Swing Bridges – update

We are advised that the current (24 July 2019) status is:

Reedham Bridge is unable to swing due to the heat.

Somerleyton Bridge is unable to swing due to the heat.

Mutford swing bridge is now operating again.

The first two bridges were both built in 1906 and are effectively at “end of life”. Network Rail have carried out engineering studies and consultations which recently concluded that replacement opening structures are the preferred long term maintenance option. However special funding is required, which Network Rail intend to apply for next March.

Last year we asked for evidence of the effect of bridge closures and ask that as many events are reported as possible.  In order to support the case for the special funding for replacement bridges, please can you advise any delays you have experienced waiting for the Reedham and Somerleyton swing bridges to open to the river. Did the delay cause you to miss appointments, miss events, miss the tide, or incur other costs? All events considered, with summer 2019 most relevant.  Please send details of any problems as set out below to

Your name  
Date of delay  
Details of delay  
Consequences of delay  

Thank you.

July 22, 2019

Ramuz Trophy – 28 September 2019

Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club is hosting this prestigious event on Saturday 28 September 2019. It will be sailed in Squib Class keel boats provided by the Club. This event is open to teams from any organisation or club affiliated to the NSBA. The Notice of Race and Entry Form will be available to download here and should be returned by post or email no later 20 September 2019. Entry fee per team of £25 can be made by BACS or cheque.

July 22, 2019

Broadland Youth Regatta 2019

Hickling Broad Sailing Club is hosting the BYR on Saturday 31 August 2019, at Hickling Broad. The regatta is open to any youth or junior member of an NSBA affiliated club or organisation, who is under 19 years of age on the day of the event. The regatta is free to enter. We will be using a new team scoring system this year, and Sailwave. Each team’s best scores will be used. The number of boats to be included in the teams score, X, will be decided after the entries are received, in the week before the event. Teams with more boats than X will have the less successful sailor’s results discarded, and teams with fewer than X boats will have all their results count. There are good reasons to send your largest team, in line with the ethos of the Youth Regatta! A full explanation will be given in the Sailing Instructions.
HSBC will be forwarding the Notice of Race and entry forms to your club secretary and they will also be available on All completed Entry Forms, should be emailed to by Friday 23 August please.
This year NSBA will be introducing free Cadet membership for all sailors participating in the Youth Regatta. More details to follow.

July 22, 2019

NSBA celebrates 125 years – 8 September 2019

We are celebrating 125 years of NSBA at Coldham Hall on Sunday 8th September 2019 from noon (the day after the Yare Navigation Race).  Serving “fizz and chips”.

Free to attend for NSBA individual members, £10 per head for non-members, but FREE if you join on the day.

rsvp: by September 4th.

March 28, 2019

Spring 2019 Newsletter

The spring 2019 newsletter is now available to download here: SpringNewsletter2019

December 18, 2018

Yacht pontoon – Lowestoft Trawl Dock

Please be aware of Notice to Mariners No. 37 2018:

Mariners and Port-Users are advised the waiting pontoon in the east end of the Trawl
Dock is out of action and cannot be used by any vessels until further notice.
Any yachts or small craft who require a berth to wait for a bridge opening are advised to
contact the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht club on VHF Ch. 80 or by phone on 01502
A further notice will be produced when the pontoon can be used again.
Harbour Master
18rd December 2018