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As it's coming up to that time again, that Time again  I thought I had better put out our annual plea and warning of chaos, to those not involved.
This is mostly a repeat of last years plea for those who have not experienced the Chaos.....

I'll be motoring around the regatta as usual, trying to rescue boats (more often than not, non competitors).

Anyway here we go HORNING SAILNG CLUB REGATTA 2017:default_sailing:

We DO NOT wish to impede your enjoyment of the Broads, so here's a few clues as to what's going on and hopefully some helpful advice..

There will, if previous years are anything to go by, be up to 150 competitors, this could include up to 50 or 60 children, some of which are on their first regatta and will be in the smallest boats.

Please do not,  berate small children who get in the way,
:default_norty: when we have asked you to stay close to the bank, many of the smaller children are beginners and may make mistakes at their first regatta.

This years Regatta
:default_sailing:starts on Saturday 29th July 2017 which will be in the afternoon on Black Horse Broad, so there will be a fleet of boats sailing up there around 1 till 2PM and returning around 4pm depending on wind etc.

On Sunday the 30st of July, we will sail up to the broad at around 9  till 10 AM returning for lunch about 12 and back to the broad before 2pm
So if you are timid about being around sailing boats those are the times to avoid, you are welcome to come and watch the sailing on the Broad, we ASK that you keep to the edges as it's safer for you not to have up to 100 boats sailing all around you!.

And now the real Chaos,
From Monday the 31st of July until and including Friday the 4th of August, we will be sailing from Horning Sailing Club up as far as Dydlers Mill for the majority of boats, but the big cruisers, will, if the wind is right, go as far as Woodcutters dyke.( the end of the long straight to the Mill)

The First race starts at 09:30 at the club house and the last race each day will finish at anything up till 18:00.
For the timid ones who wish to pass through with no sailing boats around, then you would need to go through outside of those hours, though there is a lull between 1 and 2 pm when the majority stop for lunch. That is the numbers will drop from around 100+ to about 20 boats.

There about 5 or 6  Race starts at five minute intervals, if you see a large group of up to 20 boats milling around at the start line outside the club we ask that you hold on till it goes, and then slip through before the next start. Each race lasts about an hour so there are lulls in traffic

:River PoliceALL COMPETITORS ARE TOLD THAT IF A NON-COMPETITOR IS ON THE BANK, THEY ARE TO TREAT THAT BOAT AS THE BANK AND TURN WAY. Swearing by competitors to anyone is ungentlemanly / womanly conduct and will cause disqualification from that race.:River Police

Now by being on the Bank We mean within 6ft of the Bank. Why 6ft? Well about that is about the width of most sailing boats and therefore you won't get sailing boats down both sides of you. We'd prefer it if you were a bit closer maybe 3 or 4ft of the bank as it makes it more definite there is not room between the bank and you.

Please remember sailing craft have a 3ft keel hanging down below, and we sail within a few inches  of the bank from the club to the Mill and it's rare there is a problem with draft.

Now we are used to sailing on the broads, sailing within a couple of inches of each other is not unusual. So if a boat come what seems to be very close to you,
They are sailing their pride and joy, that's their hard earned money, that is expensive to repair and they can't compete for the trophy if their boat is broken. Unless there is some mistake (very rare) you will not be hit, they can turn on a sixpence.  This does not mean you may not have to slow down or stop, IF there is open water in front of you, they will use it..

It is a common mistake of those new to the broads, that they move in to the bank correctly when they see a sailing boat, which when  it gets close they move in more, so the sailing boat uses more river, and repeat,,,,, Don't do it, once you are less than 6ft preferably 3 or 4ft from the bank that is all we ask.

:default_icon_wave: that if you are going through the regatta,  go slowly and keep to the bank, if there is a gap in front of you keep motoring slowly. If not please slow or stop till the obstruction has cleared, always pass behind sailing boat just after it has just tacked away from your bank.
If they Are running away from you just follow until they turn at their next buoy, if they are running towards you, please slow and when they get to you they will move over, eventually (they can't go through you!).

:default_sailing:P:default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing:   Please enjoy your view of the chaos, it's all part of the broads:default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing:
Smile  Smile  Smile

Thank You for your Assistance.....

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Yes,     it's been running for at least  109 years.  You Need Hitler or the Kaiser to stop it...

It's been running since before there was a Horning  Sailing club,  there is video of a Horning regatta of 1908, and there is Photographs of racing there in 1895...

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1 hour ago, grendel said:

oh no! not again!

Yes but at least Port & Starboard's father won't be hogging the silverware this year. We could do with Tedder back he would sort those boose cruisers out.

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Just a little nudge to keep this in vision for anyone who's missed it.

You can drop in (By land) to see what we do, from 31st July to 4th August, during our  regatta week. We have our own car Park which is free but it will be crowded and our moorings even more crowded, hence no non competing visitors during racing time by boat please.

You might find yourself ignored at first, as there are a lot of unknown faces arriving for the event, everyone will be sorting out their racing and officialdom will be very busy with the racing, if have any questions just ask someone.

Then you will be made welcome.

The tea bar will be open about 08:30 to 16:00, tea and coffee is an extortionate amount of about 60p a cup. Sometimes there is cake!!!



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On 7/10/2017 at 2:07 PM, TheQ said:

It's been running since before there was a Horning  Sailing club,

On the base of the Diamond Jubilee Gold Cup (that's Victoria's jubilee) is inscribed the names of all the yacht clubs which combined to form the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club on Wroxham broad. I can't remember them all but one of them was the Horning Town Sailing Club.

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You are correct, all the clubs on the Broads combined in 1938 to form NBYC. Within a year almost all the clubs reformed at their original homes. It is something of a sore point NBYC kept all the trophies from the original clubs...


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I view of another thread (i'm only just catching up I've spent many hours on motorways over the last few days)

Here, bumped back to the top, is the Advice given for Motor boats trying to get through the Horning Regatta which starts Saturday!!!!

Oh it's Wroxham week this week, they request you keep to the edges if they are out racing. but be prepared to stop if a vast hoard starts charging down their start line towards you as you cross it.

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Morning Awl, My final Bump for this year as it all starts tomorrow.

I'll be out in on a :default_stinky: watching out for all those in :default_sailing:

Sorry for causing any chaos to you if you pass us during the week. Here's your view of the rive Monday to Friday .:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing:.:default_sailing::default_sailing::default_sailing:

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