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September 7, 2016

Dredging work at Whitlingham

We have received the following notification from the Broads Authority:

The Broads Authority is continuing dredging work on shallow areas of the River Yare near the east end of Whitlingham Great Broad.  We are currently dredging between Commissioners Cut 24hr mooring and Colman’s Dyke along the True Right Bank and will be progressing downstream (in the direction of Brundall).  Please see the attached drawing and note that river users should pass in the clear water to the side of the dredging rig (keeping the dredging rig on the right hand side when heading downstream.


Moving barges will keep as far to the right as water depth allows and will sound their horn if necessary to make their presence known.

Map of area: broads-authority-dredging-whitlingham

July 22, 2016

Ramuz Trophy 2016

The 2016 NBSA Inter-Club championship will be sailed at the Rollesby Broad Sailing Club on Saturday 10th September.  It is open to all organisations affiliated to the NSBA and will be sailed in Wayfarer dinghies provided by RBSC.

Organisations are invited to lodge their entry by 28th August 2016.  The Notice of Race and Entry Form can be downloaded here: 2016 RAMUZ Entry Notice of Race -Final

NSBA thanks the Alan Boswell Insurance Group for providing insurance at no cost for the boats used in this annual event. We have a special boat insurance scheme with Alan Boswell for our individual members (click here).

Alan Boswell Ins

Exclusive discount for NSBA individual members or free NSBA individual membership for non-members: Call 01603 649650, quote ref: nsba

July 20, 2016

Carbon Monoxide warning issued

The Boat Safety Scheme have issued warning on the dangers of Carbon Monoxide following the recent tragic accident on Wroxham Island on the River Bure.

Click to download the press release: BOAT SAFETY – RISKS OF CARBON MONOXIDE [6758]

April 29, 2016

NSBA response to Broads Plan and Broads Local Plan

The NSBA has produced the following responses to the consultation on both the Broads Plan and also the Broads Local Plan.

Broads Plan

Broads Local Plan

March 17, 2016

Broads boaters warned about running ink on tolls plaques

Broads boaters are being advised not to fix toll plaques on their vessels while the Broads Authority urgently investigates an issue with running ink.

A very small number of reports about ink running from the plaques when they get wet onto vessel hulls has come in and as soon as the Authority was aware of the issue it called an immediate meeting with its print supplier to try and find a solution.

The supplier, which the Authority has used for 20 years with no previous issues, is now testing the efficacy of various solutions for the plaques already sent out by the Authority, including additional waterproofing. It is also investigating the cause, believed to be related to the waterproofing additive in the ink, to avoid the same problem in future.

John Packman, Chief Executive of the Broads Authority, said: “We sincerely regret that this has been an issue for a small number of boaters and, until further notice while investigations are ongoing, are advising people not to fix their plaques to their vessels but to keep them on board ready in case they need to be produced.

“We will be writing to every boater who has already been sent a plaque to ensure they are aware of this advice and we will keep boaters updated on progress through our usual channels.”

March 16, 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter

The Spring 2016 newsletter can be downloaded from here: Spring Newsletter 2016

March 16, 2016

Want to join NSBA?

You can complete the form on the membership section or simply email your details to .  Julia can send you details of how to pay your subscription of £10 by Direct Debit. Alternatively you can make payment by on-line banking to our Barclays Bank account:  Sort code 20-99-21 Account number 60666610. Make sure we can identify the payment as yours!

Your membership is important to us – when campaigning, the more members we have, the louder our voice.

Thank you.

December 4, 2015

2015 AGM presentations

At the NSBA AGM on 30 November 2015, Broadsbeat were announced as the 2015 winners of the Martin Broom Memorial Trophy, presented for an outstanding contribution to Broads Boating.

2015 NSBA AGM Broads Beat Award

Jennifer Broom presenting the Martin Broom Memorial Trophy to the Broadsbeat team

A presentation was also made to Mike Evans, who stood down as NSBA President after many years service as chairman and president.


2015 NSBA AGM Mike Presentation

Incoming president Richard Card (left) with retiring president Mike Evans


Also acknowledged were Richard and Rachel Card, who stood down as Chairman and Greenbook organiser respectively.

2015 NSBA AGM R&R Card Award

Incoming Chairman Brian Wilkins with Rachel and Richard Card

November 12, 2015

Autumn Newsletter and AGM Notice

The Autumn 2015 newsletter is available to download here: Autumn Newsletter 2015

Also remember the AGM (as shown in the Green Book) is on Monday 30th November at 7:30 pm at The Salhouse Lodge.

July 21, 2015

Hoveton Great Broad – HLF funding update

HGB1The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded Natural England (NE) just under £2 million pounds for a project to improve water quality in Hoveton Great Broad (HGB) whose ecological condition has been neglected for over a century.

 The HLF grant was awarded despite the opposition of the NSBA and others. The detailed reasons for the NSBA’s opposition were communicated to the HLF and NE on a number of occasions, alas without success. NE told HLF that opposition to the project was on the part of ‘a small vocal minority’. As indicated in the NSBA Newsletter and elsewhere, the objections to the public funding of the HGB project via HLF funding have the following basis.

HGB was closed to public use in around 1890 by the landowner. Up till then it had been open to navigation. There remains a question mark over this action because the Broad was and remains tidal, a fact admitted by NE. Tidal waters should be open to navigation. This large expenditure of public money for private benefit resulted in calls for access to the Broad to be opened up. The only access which the project will provide will be a privately run, guided, commercial canoe trail along drainage dykes in the nearby marshes at limited times. The proposed trail will culminate in a short boardwalk and viewing platform on the bank of HGB. This falls far short of adequate public access by boat to HGB. The NSBA considers that the expenditure of just under £2 million of public money merits greater opportunity for the public to enjoy the benefits of their investment.

  An online petition has been started to urge the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to apply pressure to the HLF to require access as a precondition to funding:  Click here for the link