WOBYC is one of the top racing clubs in Norfolk and Suffolk. The standard is high and the racing is competitive but it’s also great fun and suitable for everyone. We race throughout the year.
Broadland Youth Regatta 2017 – Saturday 2nd September
WOBYC is pleased to host the Broadland Youth Regatta again this year. An information booklet is being produced and will be available very soon. We are keen that as many teams and competitors take part as possible so please watch this space! The deadline for entries is Tuesday 29th August.
The entries will be divided into different fleets (probably 4 fleets, e.g. Fast Handicap, Topper, etc) depending on the entries received. Competitors will find out which fleet they are racing in after the entry deadline. Please make sure that sails have correct numbers on them, that the numbers are easy to read and that no two boats of the same class have the same number!
Each fleet will have 4 races. Registration will be from 8.30 am in the Boat Shed at the top of the slipway. The competitors’ briefing will be at 10.00 at the clubhouse and racing will take place from 10.45.
Summer Racing 2017
Our summer season is from early April to the end of October and consists mainly of afternoon racing on Saturdays (Programme A in the Racing Programme) and morning racing on Sundays (Programme B). Each day there is racing for dinghies and keelboats.
The dinghies race in Fast and Slow Handicap fleets. The Fast fleet is composed of a wide variety of boats with PY numbers lower than 1163. This includes Lasers, RS300s, Phantoms, Streakers, Solos, a Blaze, a Vareo, National 12, etc. The Slow fleet consists mostly of Toppers but can also include Laser 4.7s, Splashes, RS Teras, Optimists, etc These slow handicap boats tend to be sailed by junior members but juniors can race in the Fast Handicap races too if they have an appropriate boat and similarly they can sail in keelboat races too.
Our keelboat fleets are Waveneys, Squibs and Broads One Designs. On Saturdays the Waveneys have a class race while the Squibs and BODs race together in a ‘Mixed Keels’ race. Then they all race together in another ‘Mixed Keels’. On Sundays they have a class race each and then a ‘Mixed Keels’.
We will have a weekend regatta in early July (1st-2nd) which will have its own race programme.
Every summer our major event is Oulton Week. In 2017 this will be from Sunday 20th to Friday 25th August. It attracts boats from throughout the Broads area and from further afield. As well as our normal classes, there is racing for River Cruisers, Yare & Bure One Designs, Sailability Hansa (Access) dinghies, Norfolk Dinghies and Stars.
We also run open meetings for various classes during the summer. For dates, check out the Events Calendar.
Another feature of the summer at WOBYC is the racing on Wednesday Evenings. This year this will start on May 3rd. It is particularly well supported by keelboat sailors but dinghies (including juniors) can race too if they wish. The first keelboat race is at 6.30 pm, with a break for beer and a second race to follow at about 7.45. Dinghies can fit in around this schedule. Wednesday evenings are an excellent time to try racing if you haven’t done so before and also to meet a lot of the members.
The summer season traditionally starts with the Lady Mayhew Allcomers Race and finishes with the End of Season Regatta on the last Sunday in October.
From November through to the end of March we are in our winter programme which consists of Sunday morning racing. The Waveneys and Broads One Designs have a winter break but the Squib racing is very keenly contested. In 2015 we introduced a Squib Weekend regatta in March or April which gives 2 days of racing and attracts some top visitors.
The dinghy racing is also very competitive. Some dinghy sailors join us for the winter series because their summer clubs don’t offer racing all year round.
At the start of the winter season we host a joint open meeting for Optimists and Toppers and we’ll do the same again this time (Saturday Nov. 4th).
On Boxing Day we have our annual allcomers race for the Jonathan House Memorial Salver. This is always great fun and in recent years it’s been won by a variety of boats – Squibs, Topper, Optimist, National 12.