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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.

June 1, 2022

ABP NTM – Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 4 June 2022

May 18, 2022

Parade of Boating for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration – Friday 3rd June at WOBYC

May 16, 2022

Boating News – Navigation restriction due to flood bank maintenance works on the Upper River Waveney

The Broads Authority have given notice that the Environment Agency will be undertaking flood bank maintenance works, from 23 May until 22 July 2022. The site stretches along the upstream end of the River Waveney, from Dunburgh grid ref TM402912 to Geldeston Dyke grid ref TM392911 (shown in red on the plan extract).

The maintenance works on the water will involve the use of floating pontoons and small works vessels. Note: during the above period navigation will remain open, but vessels must exercise great care whilst proceeding past the vicinity of the works.

Please ensure that the area is taken into consideration for passage planning and when navigating in this area.

For more information and to view a map of the site please visit:

May 13, 2022

Notice: Neatishead Staithe 24h Moorings, 19-May-22

The Broads Authority have given notice that they will be undertaking site investigation works on the quay heading at the Neatishead Staithe 24 hour moorings.

The works will involve the use of a cable percussive drilling rig, which will provide valuable design information for a future piling project.

The mooring will remain open during the works, however please note that pedestrian movement around the quay heading may be temporarily restricted and regulated in the vicinity of the works on Thursday 19 May 2022 from 08.30 to 16.00 hours.

For more information and a map please see:

May 6, 2022

Updated – Mutford Lock road bridge is now able to open

Update to earlier post:

Urgent Boating News – Mutford Lock road bridge unable to open

The BA have been informed by Oulton Broad Yacht Station (OBYS) that due to a mechanical fault, Mutford Lock road bridge is currently unable to open.

Engineers from Suffolk Highways are working to resolve the issue as a matter of urgency, however due to the work involved it will not be possible for the bridge to open this weekend.

We will share further updates from OBYS next week to announce when the bridge is operational again.

Please note that transit through Mutford Lock continues to be possible between the hours of 8am to 6pm, however vessels will need to be able to fit under the road bridge at low water to pass through.

Contact OBYS on 01502 574946 if you require further information.

April 1, 2022

Spring Newsletter

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