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Wednesday 16/6/2021.............IOM at Oulton Broad

After a couple of weeks of no sailing at Filby due to weed, it was decided that we would look a tad further afield to find some water to sail on. With the help of Richard we where able to use the water in front of the WOBYC on Oulton Broad and what a great morning we had. Good wind, good water, good company and great sailing. What more could one ask for O yes no weed. 12 races that where sailed resulted in 4 different boats winning at least one race a piece and at the end of the day the top four places where separated by just 5 points.

And the winner on the day without a first place to his name was Mr Consistant Raymond with 8 2nd places in his score. 2nd came Nigel with Richard 3rd and Mike fourth........


16/6/21 Suffolk Punch
SailSailorClubDesignRankTotR 1R 2R 3R 4R 5R 6R 7R 8R 9R 10R 11R 12
29Raymond CrispBroadsBritpop/V9123432222222254
53Nigel FeatherstoneBroadsIn Transition224111314141777
8Richard DellBroadsMX 16325244133533115
31Mike HowardBroadsItaliko427323441414333
61Flora DellArrival543665555355442
88Gareth FeatherstoneBroadsCORBIE648556666666521
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Such a grand time was had by all it was decided by those present we would return next Wednesday the 23rd once again for a 10 am start. So if you fancy a weed free sail do join us next week. Once again my thanks go to Richard for arranging the day, his daughter for rescuing my boat and WOBYC member Andy for his support, just maybe a new convert from RC Laser to IOM'S.

Nigel PS weed still bad at Filby a further water inspection will be a week Sunday 26th.


All club sailing at Filby has been cancelled until at least Wednesday 30th June due to the current weed situation. I will do a further pitch inspection over the weekend of the 26th and 27th and report back. In the meantime the IOM's will be sailing next Wednesday the 23rd of June at WOBYC on Oulton Broad starting at 10am. Please make it if you can, plenty of open water to sail on and best of all no weed to contend with. Nigel


Wednesday 9/6/2021....................RM, Porter Cup Round 3



Sunday 6/6/2021................IOM, Barry Gailer Trophy round 7



Wednesday 2/6/2021........IOM, Old Codgers Trophy round 7



Sunday 30/5/2021..................IOM, Barry Gailer Trophy

Six skippers took to the water in a light breeze from a northerly direction. During the course of the days sailing the wind could not make its mind up which direction it wanted to come from and continually shifted between the northeast to north-west which made for some interesting sailing conditions for the skippers. We also encounter the weed problem but that thanks to Micheal's carefully course setting managed to keep us out of the worst of it but a weed check was still needed at the end of race. In the end eight races where sailed, we had 3 different race winners on the day but once the scores had been calculated Derek with 3 wins came first, John 2nd with 2 wins and Nigel 3rd also picking up 2 first places...... CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

My thanks go to Micheal for his duties to day as well as mark laying and recovery.

This Wednesday sees the last chance for the IOM skippers to take to the water for a few weeks due to the weed in round 7 of The Old Codgers Trophy. I will be sending out the June edition of Mainsheet early next week which will outline our sailing programe for June........ Nigel


Wednesday 26/5/2021...............RM, Porter Cup..

Cancelled due to lack of support


Sunday 23/5/2021...........6M, Shearwater Cup



Wednesday 19/5/2021......IOM, Old Codgers Trophy

Well what can I say, we had a small amount of wind at times and at other times none at all. As for the wind direction I think at some point or another we had it from about ever direction possible. To say a frustrating mornings sailing to say the least. On the plus side it was warm and stayed dry despite the rumble of thunder going on all around us.

Don't know how but with the aid of eight marks( and at some time or other during the course of the mornings sailing we used them all) Vinnie managed to lay a course that for most of the time gave us a good track to sail on. 7 skippers took to the water, coffee break was called after just 2 races in the hope that the wind might settle down a bit which unfortunately it did not play ball.

At this point in the proceedings John H called it a day, Nigel had battery problems during race 3 so this left just five boats on the water for the rest of the morning. In the end 5 races where completed, with Derek taking the top spot, Vinnie taking 2nd and Richard finishing in third, his first podiumn place since joining us at the start of the year. .................................CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

Their will be no sailing at Filby this Sunday but the clubs 6M fleet will be racing for The Shearwater Trophy over at Norwich.

Next Wednesday sees the turn of the RM'S in round 2 of the Porter Cup.

Also today we started to see weed appearing for the first time this year. A decision will be made following next Wednesday racing as to bringing forward the Whitbread Trophy. More on this next week. Also both Gareth and myself are away next week so no more updates now until Friday 28th at the earliest.

Regards Nigel


Sunday 16/5/2021........IOM, Barry Gailer Trophy

Eight skippers arrived at the lakeside but due to a technical problem Tony was unable to make the start line so in the end only 7 boats took to the water.

With a forecast of rain to come in before lunch time everybody was keen to get racing underway sharp to time. With a light wind coming from the west we managed 3 races before the coffee break which resulted in 3 different winners. It looked like that we might be in for a close series. After coffee things took a downward turn, firstly during race five we had a very heavy showers which then killed what wind we had and also played havoc with it's direction.Lucky the shower was only a sharpe one and the rest of the days preceding were sailed in warm sunshine be it in a dieing wind which could not make its mind up in what direction it wanted to come from.

These conditions did not seem to worry Vinnie as much as the rest of the fleet who then went on to win 4 of the 5 races held after the break. At close of play, Vinnie finished in first place (5 race wins), with Eric 2nd (2 race wins) and Nigel 3rd...............................CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

My thanks once again go to Vinnie for setting an excellent racetrack, John Carment for doing a fine job as race officer and also collecting the marks at the end.

This Wednesday the 19th sees the IOM's on the water for round 7 of The Old Codgers Trophy and also the reopening of the on site restaurant subject to the normal social distancing rules.

There will be no sailing next Sunday the 23rd at Filbybut the 6M will be taking part in The Shearwater Trophy at Norwich. Regards, Nigel


Wednesday 12/5/2021.......IOM, Old Codgers Trophy

The eight skippers sailing arrived once again to a warmish morning with a light southeastly breeze.

Is this the start of summer I ask myself.

Once again Vinnie was able to set a course the gave us a windward start followed by a triangle and a sausage . Unfortunately as the morning progressed the wind started to play silly buggers by shifting around all over the place. The course was reset during the coffee break but the wind had not read today's script and continued to swing this way and that. Finally after 8 races a halt was called to today's racing which left Matthew in first place , 2nd just one point behind was Mel and in 3rd was Vinnie just a further point back.

Good to see such tight racing at the top of the leader board................CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

My thanks go once again to Vinnie for not only setting the course twice but for also chasing marks around the broad that for one reason or another did not want to say where laid.

Also thanks go to Barrie for collecting the bouys at close of play.

This Sunday sees the IOM fleet take to the water again in round 5 of the Barry Gailer Trophy............. Nigel

Sunday 9/5/2021........RM, Lady Jane Trophy

What a difference 24 hours can make.

This morning the 6 skippers taking to the water were welcomed lakeside to a dry WARM morning with the wind from a southwesterly direction towards the top end of A rig.

With this in mind 5 skippers went for the A rig but Mike decided to sail using his B rig. Vinnie set the course that gave a windward start followed by 2 good reaches. Unfortunately as we all know with the wind coming from behind the control area we need to get some flat patches on the track and today was no exception. Unfortunately after 3 races our numbers where reduced to 5 when John H suffered rudder problems and had to sit out the rest of the days racing. After 12 races Vinnie came out on top with 10 first places, Nigel taken 2nd overall with the 2 other wins and Michael sailing on the B rig picking up the final podium position.

My thanks go to Vinnie for setting the course, Mike for collecting the marks at the end of racing, All in all a good morning sailing.IT WAS WARM!!!!!!!!!! CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

Finally, many thanks to John H for fixing the outboard and also for donating the parts to complete the job.

The week ahead sees the 6M take to the water for 3 pm at Norwich, followed by the IOM's on Wednesday for round 5 of the Old Codgers Trophy. Next Sunday again sees the IOM'S back on the water for round 5 of the Barry Gailer Trophy with John Carment duty race officer. .....Nigel


Wednesday 5/5/2021.....IOM, Old Codger Trophy

Four skippers took to the water and were welcomed by a cold, brisk wind from the West on a sunny morning.

The wind conditions were the top end of the ‘A’ Rig. Our thanks go Vinnie who laid a superb course enabling sailing to participate at the South End of the Broad eliminating perpetual  rounding of the marks.


I was a most enjoyable morning’s sailing and thanks go Richard for collecting the buoys at the closure of the event.  

Kind Regards.... Raymond



Sunday 2/5/2021.........IOM , Barry Gailer Trophy

Well skippers we had waited a while for the weather to improve and this morning it started to move in the right direction .

As the 8 competing skippers rigged their boats in preparation for a good mornings sailing, Raymond, as race officer ably assisted by Vinnie, set about setting the course. Raymond from the shore and Vinnie in the boat.

With the initial wind coming from a westerly direction. Racing got under way just after 10 but by the end of the 2nd race the wind had shifted to a more northerly direction so early coffee break was called so the course could be changed. Most of today's racing was sailed in about a 8 mph breeze with a few tricky wind shifts. Points to note from today's sailing, Nigel actual managed all races without a problem, Vinnie has also been spending to much time sorting out Nigels servos that his boat has now caught the bug.

In the end nine races sailed with Eric picking up 5 firsts thus winning on the day. Vinnie despite his problems still managed 2nd overall with John third and Nigel 4th. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

My thanks go to Raymond as RO, Vinnie for setting the course and John for retrieving the marks at the end of the days sailing.

Dates for your diaries: Weds 5th IOM round 5 Old Codgers Trophy , Sunday 9th RM round 1 Lady Jane Trophy. Also neither Gareth or myself will be with you on Wednesday so we hope you have a great day and I have asked Raymond to feed the days results back to me.

Regards Nigel

PS morale of the story today, if you want to go fast call in for breakfast at a well known fast food establishment before reaching the club.( OK,OK,OK,.....OK! So I did have a breakfast burger from Maki D's. It slowed me down. The extra weight affected my normally razor sharp responses.)







Race Officer




Barry Gailer Trophy Round 4

Raymond Crisp




Old Codgers Trophy Round 4





Lady Jane Trophy Round 1





Old Codgers Trophy Round 5





Barry Gailer Trophy Round 5

John Carment




Old Codgers Trophy Round 6





Shearwater Trophy @ Norwich

No racing at Filby




Porter Cup Round 2





Barry Gailer Trophy Round 6

Michael Howard


CLICK HERE FOR SHEARWATER TROPHY NOR......If in doubt contact Vinnie ...for Shearwater Trophy details or Click here to go straight to MYA entry page


Wednesday 28/4/2021........IOM, Old Codgers Trophy

Today's sailing was again based on the No 2 rig with the wind again coming from a northerly direction with a tad bit of East in it as well. (In fact NNE..? )

This slight change of direction allowed our course master Vinnie to lay a track that would give us a beat to the finish line this week. Nine boats rigged and with Nigel acting as race officer racing started just after 10am.

Three races where sailed before coffee was taken with Vinnie winning 2 and Matthew the other. Unfortunately we lost Tony after the first race in which he finished 2nd who was then joined by Vinnie with servo problems in race 4. This left just 7 skippers to complete in a further 7 races after the break. Matthew carried on from where he left off in race 3 by winning a further 4 races. The other 3 races where won by, Mel, Derek and the final race of the day won by Raymond. In the end 10 races sailed in total, 5 different race winners but once the scores where added up, Matthew took the honours on the day with Derek 2nd and Mel third.



Thanks go to Vinnie for laying the course and Matthew for collecting the marks at close of play.

This Sunday sees round 4 of the Barry Gailer Trophy for IOM's with Raymond as the race officer of the day.

Nigel.. PS once again another good turn out, will the month of May see us get 10 plus on the water at any one time.


Sunday 25/4/2021......6M Little Audrey Trophy

Once again the competitors where greeted by a chilly strongish breeze from a northerly direction.

As nine skippers prepare for the battle ahead, Vinnie was able to set a course that would actually gives us a beat up to the finish line instead of the running finishes we have been getting used to of late.

The nine skippers where joined lakeside by Tony and Geoff with his better half for a short while. It was good to see (no pun intended) Geoff lakeside and I am sure you will join in with me wishing him all the best for his forthcoming cataract operations and look forward to him joining us lakeside soon.

Now to the matter in hand, the sailing, once again Nigel had boat problems which stopped him from sailing which unfortunately for the other skippers lead to him doing race officer duties for the day. So it was 8 skippers who eventually took to the water for the start of proceedings. The first 3 races before the coffee break saw 3 different winners in Mel, Eric and Michael. A further 5 races followed the coffee break, with John Hatton picking up 4 wins with Mel winning the final race of the day.

So at the end of the days racing, John H took first placed with 9 points, and with Mel and Eric both tied on 15 points, 2nd place went to Mel on count back with Eric third. All in all an intresting mornings sailing with a strange chop on the water which at times when the wind dropped saw a fair amount of boats bobing around going nowhere. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

This coming week ahead sees the 6M class return to Norwich on Tuesday for a 3 pm start .

A return to Filby on Wednesday for round 3 of The Old Codgers Trophy for IOM'S.

Nigel PS reminder for all the 6M skippers that our open for The Shearwater Trophy will for this year be sailed at Norwich on Sunday 23rd May. There will be no club sailing that day at Filby.


Wednesday 21/4/2021....Old Codgers Trophy

Once again the skippers attending where greeted by a breezy northerly wind.

Whilst Vinnie set today's course the skippers rigged their boats mostly with the number 2 rigs except for Matthew who not seeing the forecast had only brought his top set. After what seemed like weeks Nigel with a lot of help from Vinnie and others was also able to get his new boat "Lochdown" on the water.

Eight skippers started the days racing being joined by a ninth after coffee break be it for a short while before suffering gear failure. Coffee was taken after 4 races with Mel picking up 3 first places and Nigel the other. After coffee we lost 2 boats from the days proceedings, one with a broken shroud and Matthew decided that if he continued to race he would damage the boat so also called it a day. After coffee a further 6 races where sailed with Mel picking up another 3 firsts to Nigels 2.

The one other race was won by Tony in the only race he completed before gear failure.

At the end of the mornings sailing, Mel took overall honours with Nigel second, Derek third and Raymond 4th.


My thanks go to Vinnie for doing race officer, Derek for collecting the marks at the end of the days racing.

Sunday the 25th sees the 6M class take to the water for round 1 of The Little Audrey Trophy. Coffee and tee will be available on site..........................All the best, Nigel

AND DON'T FORGET TUESDAY AT NORWICH !! IT'S 6m again at 3pm til 5pm...see you there.


Sunday 18/4/2021.......IOM Barry Gailer Trophy

This morning the skippers where greeted with a chilly start to the day and by a northerly breeze at about 10 mph. Whilst the nine skippers rigged the course was set by today's Race Officer Mel who set a triangle course with a sausage and a downwind finish.

Unfortunately by the time of the first start we lost Tony due to rigging failure thus reducing the fleet for the rest of the day to eight. Today also saw the first outing of the year for the 2 John's, Carment and Hanton.

Four races where sailed before we stopped for our coffee break with John H and Vinnie each winning 2 races. A further 8 races where sailed after the break with John H winning a further 5 races with Eric picking up the other three.

Following on from yesterday's racing at Norwich Vinnie confirmed that a visit to Spec Savers was needed sooner rather than later.

Once the scores where added up, John H took first place overall, Eric 2nd, Vinnie 3rd and Nigel sailing Gareths boat ( his still not ready ) in 4th place. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

Thanks go to Mel for not only for his race officer duties but also for both setting the course and collecting the marks at the end.

This Wednesday sees once again the IOM class back on the water and Sunday the 25th. the first outing this year for the 6M.

Regards, Nigel


Wednesday 14/4/21....... RM Porter Cup

This morning was the first time this year for the Marblehead's for round 1 in the Porter Cup.

The 4 skippers taking part where joined during the course of the morning by a further club members keen to see these boats on the water.

With the wind coming from a northerly direction again Vinnie set the course of a triangle and a sausage. As the skippers rigged so the wind increased and it was decided that one and all should change down which delayed the start somewhat.

Coffee was taken after 2 races followed by a further 7 giving 9 races in total. At the end of the day Vinnie took a clean sweep with 9 first places. The racing between the other 3 skippers was a lot more competive with Derek 2nd, Mike 3rd and Nigel 4th. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

My thanks go to Vinnie for course setting, Barry for doing the scoring and last but not least Derek for recovering the marks at the end.

This Sunday sees the IOM's back on the water for round 3 of The Barry Gailer Trophy with Mel as race officer. Also teas and coffee's will be available on site. Please bring the right monies...... Nigel


Sunday 11/4/2021...Barry Gailer Trophy

One R/O 8 skippers and 2 non sailing bods where greeted lakeside by a strong northerly bitter wind, at 9.45 am about 7-12 mph gusting 15++ mph with Eric's anemometer ( should use one more often? ).

Whilst Neil as R/O set the course the eight skippers the the number 2 rigs was the choice of the day. (Its really good to see Neil again after so long.)

In total 12 races where completed with only 5 Boats going the distance. At the end of proceedings Eric took first place overall with Mel second and Derek third. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

My thanks go to Neil for his duty today and to the others that helped both ends of racing with marks etc.

Can I remind you that sailing for the week ahead is as follows:

Tuesday 13th 6 meters at Norwich with a 4pm start,

Wednesday 14th RM at Filby with the normal start of 10 am,

Sunday 17th is IOM with Mel as R/O again at Filby 10 am.

For those 6 meters skippers that can please support the Tuesday evening sailing at Norwich.

Also we had more presentations for last year, 2020......



Barry Gailer Trophy ( Tankard) IOM first series 2020......Won by Neil






Little Audrey Trophy - 6 meters 2nd series 2020.....

Also won by NEIL ! 



Well done to Neil !


Wednesday 7/4/2021..Old Codgers Trophy

What a difference a week makes. This week your correspondent woke to snow on the ground. On reaching the lake we were greeted by a cold wind from the west at about 12 to 14 mph.

Today was to see Nigels new boat hit the water for the first time only to suffer rudder servo failure just after the start of the first race thus leaving 8 boats to complete in the rest of the days racing.

Due to the winds we had a number of retirements in the early races with various problems. A coffee break was called after 3 races when most of the fleet bar Vinnie and Matthew decided to change down to the number 2 rigs.

After a poor start to the mornings proceedings Vinnie went on to win the last 6 races to take the honours on the day. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

Sunday the 11th sees the IOM taking to the water for heat 2 of the Barry Gailer Trophy.

Please note that the following Wednesday the 14th will be the turn of the Marblehead's to take to the water for their first outing of the year. AND !!!!....there is an evening Six Metre sail at Norwich next week . All invited ! I believe it is next Tuesday 4pm, but confirm with Vinnie please.


Sunday 4/4/2021 .. Barry Gailer Trophy

A beautiful day for the first of our competitive races.

A steady..ish westerley enabled us to race without too many lulls. Vinnie started disastrously with a 2nd place in the first race but held it all together and inspite Mel chasing him hard in the first five races and Eric keeping him honest in the last three, his luck held out and he scraped through winning four of the eight races to count.Well done Vinnie! CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

Also,on this day, our revered Secretay in chief presented some of last years trophys that had remained unpresented due to "that virus that shall not be named" . The presentation physically being delegated to Michael. Probably due to fear of the afor mentioned virus ( or Vinnie ). Anyway.....Michael obviously enjoyed himself.




2020 JUBILLEE PLATE goes to ..... VINNIE










2020 OLD CODGERS TROPHY goes to.......MEL





And finally, the 2020 VICK BUCK TROPHY goes to ........ VINNIE





Well done all !!


Thursday 1st April 2021... First outing report written by Nigel Featherstone, our secretary et al, who has worked so hard this year to support our club.THE BROADS RADIO YACHT CLUB.................Thanks Nigel

Hi All,

At long last the club returned to active sailing for the first time this year on Wednesday.

It was decided that the first day would be a series of shake down races to check what was working and wot was not before going into the more serious racing series as from Sunday 4th April.

Wednesday morning saw 9 club members ( one boat less at the time) plus Raymond's guest for the day Richard Dell. Welcome Richard and I hope you had an enjoyable morning's sailing. On arrival lakeside the sailors were greeted by a light variable wind from the north and a pleasant warm day for the time of the year.

As the nine skippers rigged their boat NIgel went about setting the course before returning to shore to be replaced by Vinnie who then went out and set a proper course.

Nigel and Gareth decided that as they had only one boat between them they would take it in turns as race offices so proceedings got under way be it a little latter that planned due to course adjustments with Nigel as R/O. All skippers seemed keen to get out of the blocks in the first race unfortunately Vinnie was a little too keen to get racing again and was called over at the start. Matthew went on to win race one. Normal service was resumed in the next 3 races with Vinnie taking line honours in each. By this time Richard was starting to get the hang of this RC sailing lark and started to show his metal when it came to starts often getting the better of the more experienced skippers before falling back through the fleet as he tried to get to grips of not actually being onboard the boat and the lake's strange wind holes.

Race 5 threw up a surprise (?) race winner in Raymond who in the previous 4 races had been struggling towards the back of the fleet ( Raymondo's youthfull exuberance coming to the for!.. more like ). Races 6 & 7 saw Matthew taking 2 bullets with Vinnie struggling at the back of the fleet thus making racing for the top position overall very tight. Race 8 brought another first for Vinnie and with Matthew recording a DNF, all rested on the last race for the honour of winning the "Rusty Fingers" Trophy.

So race 9 proved that lightning can strike twice in the same spot with Raymounfd taking line honours for the second time on the day, with Vinnie finishing 2nd and with Matthew mid fleet. So when the scores were calculated Vinnie emerged as the winner on the day with Matthew 2nd and Derek Jones 3rd.

All in all, a good day and start to the 2021 sailing season. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

This Sunday sees round 1 of the "Barry Gailer Trophy", first start scheduled for 10am.

Regards, Nigel







Race Officer




“Rusty Fingers”





Barry Gailer Trophy Round 1

Nigel Featherstone




Old Codgers Trophy Round 1





Barry Gailer Trophy Round 2

Neil Cousins




Porter Cup Round 1





Barry Gailer Trophy Round 3

Mel Catchpole




Old Codgers Trophy Round 2





Little Audrey Trophy Rnd 1





Old Codgers Trophy Round 3


Think that’s about all for now and let’s look forward to fair winds and good sailing for the forthcoming sailing year.




 Picture of my part finished Scottish new boat ... "IOM Lochdown"

All the best, Nigel

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Top tips from Brad G with comliments from Duncan at NMYC . Click on the link below.


MARCH 2021

Hi Skippers,

Welcome to the latest edition of Mainsheet. Hope you have all been keeping busy and well. I have just had my first vaccination well ahead of time so I hope that many of you will also have had yours by now.

Following on from my communication as regards to the post of temporary commodore to which I only received one reply it would seem to make sense to leave this post vacant until we can call a proper EGM to select a new commodore. The first likely date for this will be hopefully early July.

As regards to the latest Covid-19 announcement re the road map out of restrictions, I am delighted to see a route that should allow us to return to the water by the end of March. At present I await conformation from the MYA as regards to actual dates but suffice to say, once I have conformation, I will advise you all accordingly.

Before we can get back on the water, there are a few things that need attention lakeside before we return and I wish to thank Vinnie for volunteering to take on these jobs for us. I am sure if he requires any help he will only need to ask nearer the time and people will come forward.

I have now drafted a sailing Schedule with a start date from the 31st March. The schedule will be a little different as from previous years but hopefully restrictions permitting all club trophies will be raced for, be it some on a reduced number of rounds plus, I have added a third series to the IOM Wednesday calendar. As for the 6Meters I intend to run the "Whitbread Trophy Series" as a block of 6 race days both on Wednesdays and Sundays during the period set aside for the weedy season, conditions allowing. These dates could be subject to change due to as and when the weed arrives. Also, I have moved the venue for the 6M "Shearwater Trophy" on the 9th May across to Norwich, as we will still not have any facilities available to us at Filby. Please support this club event, even though it is being sailed at Norwich. No club racing will be held that day at Filby.

Last but not least we held a short club Zoom meeting on Wednesday 24th which was attended by 6 members and the general feeling of those who took part was that we should arrange one more before we return to the water. So, with this in mind I will arrange the second BRYC Zoom meeting for Wednesday 17th March again at 10am. Please let me know if you wish to attend.

That's about it for now but hope to be able to circulate the clubs sailing schedule to you all sometime early in March. In the meantime, with the return to water looking likely soon, maybe now is the time to dig your boats out and check all is working and not leave it to the last moment.



Firstly, I would like to start this latest offering by saying that I hope you and yours are all keeping well in these difficult times. By now I am sure that some of you have had your vaccinations and hopefully a few more of us should receive ours by the end of February.

Unfortunately, not much to say this time round as we entered 2021 under a tier 4 lockdown which was then quickly replaced by a total lockdown on the 5th January which put a kibosh on any hope of sailing during the early part of the year.

After a very wet Christmas period we did manage to get a small work party of Mike, Vinnie, Derek, Gareth and myself down to the club on the Wednesday between Christmas and the New Year to lift the club boat ashore. Thanks team, because if we had left it any longer the boat would have filled up with rain water. A cover has now been purchased which hopefully should reduce the amount of rain water that gets into the boat when left standing for any length of time and will be fitted once the boat can be refloated. It may need some adjustment but I am sure that will not be a problem.

Following a discussion between ourselves and our friends at Norwich we have decided to switch venues for this year 6M Shearwater Trophy away from Filby to Norwich for 2021. The date chosen is Sunday the 9th May. The reasoning for the switch was twofold, firstly with COVID-19 the chances of the restaurant at Filby being fully operational by then is low and secondly with Norwich holding the 6M nationals later on in the year it would give potential competitors from outside the area coming to the Nationals a chance to sail on the waters prior to the Nationals and also giving the Norwich race team a practice event as regards to 6M.

As regards to commencement of sailing for this year, there is not much that can be done until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and we see what is left of the year before compiling a race calendar of sorts.

So as arms are duly vaccinated, our lives are newly injected with a fresh sense of optimism for a sunlit spring with plenty of sailing opportunities ahead....................................( beautifully expressed )



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