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April 4, 2020

Suspension of Haven Bridge openings – Covid-19

MARINERS ARE HEREBY ADVISED that we have suspended Haven Bridge openings to non- essential passage, with immediate effect. This decision has been taken in the interest of safeguarding our employees, by limiting their exposure to others and maintaining social distancing, where practically possible.

Access to commercial vessel traffic for “key worker” status businesses and pilot boats, life boats and similar will be permitted, where possible. Leisure crafts will unfortunately be denied passage as they are considered non-essential. It is our plan to resume normal service when Government advice suggests it is safe to do so.

On behalf of Harbour Master 02/04/2020

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 sits in the Spring-2020 Newsletter,  and  the results can be downloaded here..

August 5, 2019

HMRC consultation on diesel fuel used in pleasure craft – [Closed 09-Sep-2019]

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

HM Revenue and Customs was 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 set 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 have been 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 were therefore encouraged to respond to the consultation which seemed to be aimed more at individual owners than organisations representing them.

The consultation closed 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: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/implementation-of-the-court-of-justice-of-the-european-union-cjeu-judgment-on-diesel-fuel-used-in-private-pleasure-craft.

July 23, 2019

Swing Bridges – update

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 intended to apply for but the prognosis of success was so poor that NWR have reverted to a maintenance programme;  this will run through the next three winters 2020/23.

Last year we asked for evidence of the effect of bridge closures and asked that as many events are reported as possible.  In order to support the case for the special funding for replacement bridges;  responses were not usefully forthcoming.

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.  Please send details of any problems as set out below to swingbridges@thegreenbook.org.uk

Your name  
Date of delay  
Time  
Location  
Vessel  
Details of delay  
Consequences of delay  

Thank you.

July 22, 2019

Broadland Youth Regatta 2019

 Hickling Broad Sailing Club hosted the BYR on Saturday 31 August 2019, at Hickling Broad.

This annual 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 used a new team scoring system this year, and Sailwave. Each team’s best scores were used. The number of boats to be included in the teams score, X, to be decided after the entries were received, in the week before the event. Teams with more boats than X had the less successful sailor’s results discarded, and teams with fewer than X boats had all their results count. There were good reasons for clubs sending their largest team, in line with the ethos of the Youth Regatta! A full explanation was given in the Sailing Instructions.
HSBC forwarded the Notice of Race and entry forms to member-club secretaries and they remain available for Reference on www.hicklingbroad.com.
This year NSBA introduced free Cadet membership for all sailors participating in the Youth Regatta. If as a participant you missed out on this please contact the NSBA Secretary.

July 22, 2019

NSBA celebrates 125 years – 8 September 2019

We  celebrated 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 joined on the day.

: julia.bower1@btinternet.com

March 28, 2019

Spring 2019 Newsletter

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

December 18, 2018

DEFRA Landscapes Review (Glover) – NSBA response

Photo by Sue Hines

The Government has asked for an independent review of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). As a member of the National Parks family, the Broads are included in this review.  Details of the review can be found at: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/land-use/landscapes-review-call-for-evidence/

The NSBA are concerned about the possible impact of the review on navigation rights and have made their response as an organisation – details here.

 

November 10, 2018

Autumn Newsletter and AGM notice

The autumn 2018 newsletter is now available to download here: Autumn_Newsletter_2018

Contents include:

  • Notice for the NSBA AGM to be held on 26 November 2018, 7.30 pm at The Best Western George Hotel, Newmarket Road, Norwich,
  • Tolls – proposals for 2019/20
  • Carbon Monoxide alarms
  • Broadland Youth Regatta report
  • Tree and Scrub clearance
  • Ramuz inter-club championship report
  • Dredging update
  • Planning consultations
  • Swing Bridges at Reedham and Somerleyton
  • GDPR