Archive for November, 2011

November 3, 2011

NSBA’s Broadland Youth Regatta contested by 101 young sailors

One hundred and one young sailors from seven member clubs competed this year’s Broadland Youth Regatta on Hickling Broad on September 3rd. The sun shone, the breeze was fresh, southerly and warm. Four races were sailed on a championship course.

With skill levels from near novice to Broadland elite – sailors up to 18 who have risen through RYA Zone Squads, Youth Class Open meetings and National Championships – competition was fierce but fair, umpired by International Sailing Judge Peter Fitt from West Mersea.

As well as racing for the honours in each of four Classes -Toppers, Optimists, Fast and Slow Handicap – six teams raced for honour of Top Club: The Centenary Salver going to Norfolk Broads Yacht Club, with the host Club Hickling Broad second and Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club third, Beccles Amateur Sailing Club fourth, Norfolk Punt Club fifth and Horning Sailing Club sixth.

The Fast Handicap start of 19 entries was won by Michael Cullum from the host’s HBSC sailing a Laser, Jamie freeman from WOBYC was second also in a Laser, and Toby Percival (HBSC) was 3rd sailing a Laser 4.7.

The Slow Handicap start of 19 entries was won by WOBYC’s George Catchpole sailing an RS Tera Pro, 2nd was the all girl team of Georgina Povall and Rebecca Sheldrake sailing one of HBSC’s Broads Authority sponsored RS Fevas and 3rd was James Dennis (HBSC) in another RS Tera Pro.

Out of the largest fleet of 38 Toppers, NBYC’s Emily King took top place, Hugh Braidwood (Beccles ASC) was 2nd and WOBYC’s Jemma Smalls was 3rd. Finally, in the 13 strong Optimist fleet, NBYC swept the field with 1st 2nd, 3rd 4th and 6th places, led by Billy “Whizz” Johnson, Mack Mackay and William Pank.

Popular recipient of the Lady Mayhew Trophy for Endeavour, to the sailor demonstrating great determination in adversity, perseverance and “true grit”, was young James How from BASC, who despite capsizing his Optimist Dinghy and filling up, righted and carried on, baling furiously while beating to the finishing line in race 3. In this his first year racing, James completed all four races.

A Crowded start line at the Broadland Youth Regatta

Waiting for the gun

The Whelpton Trophy, presented by Ann Whelpton in memory of late husband Tim, was awarded to top two handed dinghy pairing Georgina Povall and Rebecca Sheldrake from HBSC. The trophies were presented by Stephen Johnson, Chairman of the Broads Authority, who said he was delighted to take part in such a fabulous event show casing the best of Broadland youth and junior sailing. Mark Wells, Chairman of the NSBA, thanked HBSC Club Commodore Trish Hudson and her team for competently hosting this, the largest youth event in the region, and sponsors Boats ‘n Bits, MBS trophies and Samuels Shirts.
Broadland Youth Regatta fields fleet of 101 on breezy Hickling Broad

(Video supplied by Holly Hancock. Used with Permission)
November 3, 2011

The NSBA Inter-Club Championship: WOBYC Host and Win the Ramuz

The winning WOBYC team in the Ramuz Trophy, 2011

WOBYC Winners pass the Club House.

The NSBA InterClub Championship was sailed for the first time in Access 303 dinghies, with able bodied and disabled sailors competing on even terms. The event was hosted by WOBYC on Sunday 25th September with Waveney Sailability providing boats. 303s are designed for sailors with disabilities and have joystick rather than tiller control.

Ten clubs took part on a sunny afternoon with a reasonable breeze. The 303s were a challenge for some of the region’s top sailors.In the first heat WOBYC sailors Richard Smith and Bethany Freeman were first with Michael Cullum and Chris Barker representing HBSC second, and Beccles sailors Jonanthan and Edward Blankley taking the third position. Waveney Sailabilty representive Alan Harmer and Vic Pennell were a close fourth.

In Heat 2 Great Yarmouth & Gorleston sailors Phillip Highfield and Tamsin Butcher finished ahead of the fleet with Snowflakes sailors Richard Dugdale and James Patience in second and Tony and Oliver Knights, representing the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk YC, third.

The six teams battled it out in the final. WOBYC’s Richard & Bethany sailed clear to take first place ahead of Snowflakes and Beccles. The Ramuz Trophy was presented by RYA East Chairman Fiona Wylie and commemorative glasses were presented to all finalists.

November 3, 2011

Government Response to Consultation on Running of the Broads

Defra Consultation on the Governance Arrangements for the National Parks and the Broads

The outcome of the consultation was published in September. The Government does not propose any change in the size of the Broads Authority. This accords with NSBA’s representations to Defra.

Unfortunately, the Government has decided not to change the composition of the Authority, despite the NSBA’s submission that there should be some seats on the Authority reserved for representatives of tollpayers. At present there is no guarantee that a single tollpayer is a member of the Broads Authority. This seems indefensible when tollpayers contribute so much to the Authority’s budget. By 2014/15 tollpayers will provide 48% of the Authority’s income, the proportion of toll income being used to fund overhead costs rising from 21.5% to 43% in that time. NSBA will continue to press for tollpayer representation.

The Government has agreed with the Broads Authority’s wish to carry out a formal review of the Authority’s consultative structure, including the Navigation Committee. The NSBA regards the role of that Committee as of fundamental importance and would not wish to see it diluted in any way. NSBA will be active in seeking to ensure that this does not happen.