In August 2016 it came as a bit of a shock to learn our beach landlord had decided to sell the northern part of Hickling Broad, which naturally raised concerns with us, our neighbours, and other water users too.

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust are soon to be our new landlords. Brendan Joyce, Chief Executive of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust says:

“Norfolk Wildlife Trust wants to work positively with everyone who uses Hickling Broad including the sailing, angling and windsurfing interests to ensure we can maintain and protect its internationally important wildlife. This is a real opportunity to work together in a sustainable way where everyone who has an interest in Hickling sees the wildlife as its most important asset and works with us to protect it for the future.”

Martin Harwood says “The committee are very excited with the prospect of working with Brendan and his colleagues at the Trust, and look forward to building a great relationship for the benefit of all those who share the water”.

If you would like to make a donation to the NWT appeal then please use the link below.

NWT fundraising donations page


18th February Meal and Mardle – Everyone thoroughly enjoyed a lovely evening with an amazing spread, and meeting other members. Feeling stuffed, and relaxed after one of our best socials ever.

Was just £7.50, at the Norwich Tennis and Squash Club.


fullsizerender-1The best turn out we have had for quite a while and reflects the extra activity at the Club this year: Introduction of  Training Courses, extremely popular come and try day, more new members, Quay side and Changing room maintenance, professional training course, renewal of RYA instructors, BBQ, Fun day, and of course the work to try to secure our Beach for future generations.

Good to see founder members, regulars, and new members there too.

Pic: August 2016, Professional windsurf training course.

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Lovely and Warm, with some very strong gusts, especially at the Southern buoy, resulted in some very challenging racing. Martin was given an unprecedented 3 minute handicap, for sailing his picnic table! Olympians galore…loads of gold, silver and bronze medals given away at the annual Fun Day.

Results. Tennis Relay: 1st (Philip and Neil), 2nd (Martin and JT), 3rd (Carl and Dave).

Slalom Ladies Gold (Wendy), Children Slalom Gold (Byony), Silver (William), Mens Gold (tied -Philip, Martin), Silver (tied Dave, Carl), Bronze (tied-Neil D, Neil W, Chris).




It isn’t often we have a world class windsurfing Pro at the Broad. Here are class 2016, looking confident and preparing for the 100th gybe/helli tack/fast tack of the day. We will definitely be inviting Simon Bornhoft back next year!