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September 10, 2022

Death of HM Queen Elizabeth II

On behalf of the individual members of the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association and its affiliated clubs and organisations, we express our deepest sorrow at the passing of Her Majesty who served with outstanding devotion to duty throughout her long reign. She was a steadying hand on the tiller and an exemplar to us all. We are truly grateful for her remarkable service. May she rest in peace.  We offer our condolences to the whole Royal Family at this time.

Richard Card, President, NSBA

Ben Falat, Chairman, NSBA

September 5, 2022

Update on Water Plant Cutting

We have received a notification from the Broads Authority that the water plant harvester is returning to the Upper Thurne this week.

For more information on this please visit

September 5, 2022

NSBA’s 28th Broadland Youth Regatta – Saturday 3rd September 2022 at WOBYC

NSBA’s 28th Broadland Youth Regatta was last weekend…54 junior sailors competed in a memorable day of racing at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club on Saturday 3rd September ⛵️

Read more about it here:

August 25, 2022

Haven Bridge programme update from Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council update on Haven Bridge

“The major mechanical and electrical upgrade of the 92-year-old Haven Bridge is continuing with installation of the control system and associated cabling work currently underway. Until this essential project is complete the bridge will not be able to lift for river traffic, however the road over the bridge remains open to vehicles and pedestrians as normal.

So that we can safely deliver and off-load materials and components it has been necessary on occasions to close a traffic lane during off-peak hours. Further off-peak lane closures are anticipated on the following dates:

  • 22 – 23 August
  • 30 August – 2 September
  • 5 – 6 September
  • 12 – 16 September

The duration of the lane closures will be kept to a minimum in view of the heavy volume of traffic during the summer holiday season. The lane closures will only be implemented when a delivery is expected and will be removed as soon as possible after the delivery has been made.

We, along with our contractors, had been aiming to return the bridge to normal operation in the summer but further delays have occurred. These have been due to a continuation of the material supply problems experience earlier in the contract, the need to carry out works near UK Power Network high voltage cables, and most recently the lack of availability of the specialists who are required to commission the bridge due to commitments on other contracts. We now expect the work to be completed, the control system commissioned, operators trained, and the bridge returned to normal operation by the end of November.

The commissioning phase of the works will involve testing of the control system including carrying out several full and partial bridge lifts. This will require several overnight road closures which will take place from 8pm to 6am on various nights between 31 October and 13 November.

We have been liaising closely with National Highways to ensure that our schemes at Haven Bridge and the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing are co-ordinated with their scheme at Breydon Bridge on the A47. The commissioning phase for Haven Bridge has been scheduled taking into account the programme of road closures required for Breydon Bridge as it is essential that Haven Bridge and Breydon Bridge are not closed at the same time.

We are very aware of the disruption which is being caused to mariners by Haven Bridge being out of operation for a prolonged period and are working closely with the whole supply chain to bring the bridge back into normal operation as soon as possible.

This comprehensive upgrade is expected to resolve many of the issues caused by the lifting bridge’s ageing equipment. The upgrade will improve reliability for residents and businesses in and around Great Yarmouth.

A separate project to replace large parts of the timber deck of the bridge which would have required 7 weeks of overnight closures has been postponed, but minor work to replace some timbers will go ahead and require 5 overnight closures, which will take place between 13 October and 28 October. Signs advertising these closures will be erected at the bridge.”

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Thursday 25 August 2022

August 24, 2022

Navigation Closure on Oulton Broad (Mutford Lock) Lowestoft – Friday 26 August 2022

The Broads Authority have given notice that due to emergency maintenance works Mutford Lock system will be restricted in its opening times with delays expected. The Lock will also be closed from 08:00 Friday 26 August until 17:00. Please contact Oulton Broad Yacht Station on 01502 574946 for further details.

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Signage will be in place to warn of closure. Vessels should ensure that the new position is taken into consideration for passage planning.

Please contact the Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1RY Tel (01603) 610734 if additional information is required.

August 24, 2022

Powerboat Racing – Change of Time – 29.08.22

We have been informed that the Powerboat Racing on Oulton Broad as part of the Gala Day on 29 August 2022 will run from 16:00hrs rather than the previously published 12 noon.

August 12, 2022

Broadland Youth Regatta & Ramuz Trophy 2022

NSBA Annual Competitions and Awards for Affiliated Clubs

Broadland Youth Regatta

Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club is hosting the BYR on Saturday 3 September 2022, on Oulton 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. There is no minimum number for sailors required to represent an affiliated Club but at least three entrants are required from Clubs competing for the Centenary Salver. WOBYC will be forwarding the Notice of Race and entry forms to your club secretary and they will also be available soon on All completed Entry Forms should be returned by email to or post to Kyle Beamish (WOBYC Sailing Secretary), 8 Planters Grove, NR33 9QL, to arrive by Wednesday 31 August, please.

The NSBA Inter-Club Championship for the Ramuz Trophy

Beccles Amateur Sailing Club is hosting this prestigious event on Sunday 11 September 2022. It will be sailed in Norfolk One Designs 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 from and should be returned by post or email no later than Wednesday 31 August 2022. Entry fee per team of £30 can be made by BACS or cheque.

August 1, 2022

Upper Thurne Water Plant Cutting

The Broads Authority have advised that the water plant harvester will be cutting in the Upper Thurne from today (1st August 2022) for approximately 2 weeks; starting on Hickling Broad.

July 28, 2022

Blue-green algae reported

Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) has recently been reported and verified to be present at South Walsham Broad and Barton Broad.

Please ensure that you stay out of the water and keep children and dogs under control in the area.

Remain vigilant for signs of blue-green algae in other locations across the Broads as it is highly likely that there will be additional blooms in the area.

Blooms of blue green algae can threaten public health as well as the health of dogs, cattle, fish and other wildlife. It poses a particular risk to dogs and it can be fatal in some circumstances.

Use the ‘Bloomin Algae’ app to report sightings and see if there have been any algal blooms recorded in your area.

Image alt text: Photograph showing the ‘pea-soup’ green appearance of a blue-green algae bloom

June 15, 2022

Urgent boating news – Potential for strike action to disrupt Broads navigation

The Broads Authority have been informed by Network Rail that potential disruption to the Broads navigation is possible if the planned RMT Union (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) strikes go ahead on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June 2022.

The bridges will be affected as follows:

Somerleyton Swing Bridge – Open to navigation throughout

Reedham Swing Bridge and Oulton Broad Swing Bridge – Bridges will not be available for swings between the following times and will be left in the closed to navigation position:

  • From 06:00am Tuesday 21 June until 07:00am Wednesday 22 June
  • From 06:00am Thursday 23 June until 07:00am Friday 24 June
  • From 06:00am Saturday 25 June until 07:00am Sunday 26 June

This is based on the assumption that all bridge operators will be withdrawing labour on these dates. There is a possibility that some staff may attend duty but at this point Network Rail cannot confirm if this will be the case.

We will share any updates given by Network Rail as these dates approach.