21 February update – Boris’s aims for ending lockdown

We are awaiting further details and confirmation of when we are allowed to open the club again. There are some high level aims to open sports Clubs from 29 March but that is someway off, and it’s subject to a number of factors including vaccination progress, virus transmission rates etc. We, like you, are chomping at the bit to go windsurfing asap, and will update as soon as there is something concrete to report.

5 January 2021 – Lockdown No.3, & notice of Zoom Quiz meeting on 11 Jan.

Here we go again…we are required to close by law. Along with other Sports venues the Club is closed until at least mid February. 🙁 Stay safe.

26 December – Tier 4 (Stay at Home)

Local exercise is allowed, however the government definition of local is: – “If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live” for further details checkout this link. Members need to consider their particular circumstances to decide if their travel to the Club is appropriate, and legal at the moment.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home#travel

Covid 19 –  Special Tier 4 precautions (The brief version 5.0)

1.   ‘Check in’, via the App or in the log book

2.   Do not use the changing rooms for changing or showering.

3.   The toilets and washbasins can be used. One person at a time!

4.   No gatherings of more than 2

5.   Keep at least 2m apart.

6.   The beach, changing rooms and barrier must be locked by the last person leaving – without FAIL.

7.   Bring your own wipes, sanitiser, towels, and soap 

8.   Clean down first aid kits, radios, after use.

9.   The Club boat may only be used in cases of a serious emergency, should a competent boat driver be present.  

           In the case of a risk to life, dial 999.

10.  Club beginner kit should be cleaned with disinfectant/ soap and water/ or your own sanitiser before use.

11.  Please take your rubbish home with you.

12.  Clearly display your car park Sticker.

13.  Stay local– do not travel long distances to use our facilities.

As always, if anyone has any questions, suggestions or provide feedback then please email martinhwc@btinternet.com, or editorhwc@gmail.com. The committee will review the situation regularly and modify the precautions appropriately.

Note for fb users: Full details and updates are also be published on the “Hickling Windsurfing Club Members” only fb page. Please search fb, go to that page and request access.

The Committee will keep abreast of the evolving Government and RYA advice, and we will keep our risk assessment constantly under review. We will revise and re-issue our advice as appropriate. 

All events and training are cancelled until it’s safe to do so. 1:1 buddy sessions may be possible subject to instructors willing to do so.

If you have any questions or if any of this advice is unclear, please let us know. Contact any of the usual email addresses: martinhwc@btinternet.com, editorhwc@gmail.com, or memberships@hicklingbroad.co.uk

The committee

Whats on in 2020 – this is what we aimed to do for members … the first two events were very successful. Strong winds and mild temperatures have resulted in lots of windsurfing in January and February. Long may it continue.

7 March Work Party, getting the Club ship shape for the season.
14&15 March National RYA Youth training squad – its going to be v. busy that weekend.

The Club program is on hold until further notice –
9 May Race Day 1.
16 May Come and Try Day, for those thinking of having a go and joining.
6&7 June Beginner Course 1 (2 Day)
13&14 June Beginner Course 2 (2 Day)
4 July Intermediate Course (1 Day)
11 July Intermediate Course (1 Day)
18 July Race Day2
July/August Saturday Sailing Clinics
August Simon Bornhoft TBC
September Advanced Instructor Training TBC
12 Sept Race Day 3


9 Nov AGM: deadline to respond to the 2020 ‘mail’ AGM process.

** We will monitor government advice and update accordingly.

The premier windsurfing location on the Norfolk Broads, East Anglia, UK, and believed to be the largest windsurfing Club in the UK. A beautiful relatively safe location, close to the North Sea coast, great winds, beginner loan equipment, excellent facilities, and a warm welcome. We are also an RYA training Centre, and currently have 15 qualified instructors. *** Training services, and events currently suspended, with special measures in place due to Covid-19.

The sport of Windsurfing is great for personal fitness, and sailing along under your own power is the ultimate thrill. We can arrange buddying, and training courses new members to help get the most from the club. Our training courses tend to follow our ‘come and try’ day in May. ***

If you are interested in joining then e-mail memberships@hicklingbroad.co.uk. There’s also further information on joining here. New memberships are only currently open to those who can already windsurf, as we it’s not currently safe to offer training due to Cover-19.

If you are interested to get windsurfing on the beautiful Hickling Broad then this is the day for you!! Joiners will be offered preferential rates on a 2 day beginner training course, and buddying while at the Club. T&Cs apply, and subject to availability. If you just want to come and look, have a coffee, and say hi, then that’s fine too.