Covid update 13th September 2020

You will be only too aware that the change in COVID-19 regulations in force from Monday 14th September have implications for all of us at NBYC.

Contact Tracing
We are now legally obliged to maintain contact details of everyone who attends the club so we can share these details should a positive case of Covid be linked to NBYC. We will retain these records for a minimum of 21 days.

On arrival at the club during hours of opening, you MUST report to the office to record your contact details on the Contact Tracing Log. It is essential that everyone complies with this request.

“Rule of 6”
The law now requires that groups should be no greater than 6 people (in England that Includes children).
It is important that you only socialise within your group, and do not mix with another individual or group. We appreciate this will be difficult however that is the legal requirement and failure to abide by the regulation will threaten the reputation of NBYC.

I do understand that this will be contrary to the normal social, some may say table-hopping, nature of your time spent at NBYC but nonetheless it is important that we follow this instruction.

Comments received from some members previously have called into question the guidelines but whatever personal view may be held we are confined by the law. Club officers have been tasked with reminding members who appear to be mixing with other groups of this requirement.  I would ask that you understand that they are speaking to you for your own safety, the safety of others and the reputation of the club.

These changes are being implemented to ensure we comply with the new legislation. Please help us by following them as, ultimately, failure to do so would leave us with no option other than to close the bar and catering facility at NBYC.

Thank you again for your continued support and understanding.

Change in Covid Regulations announced 08-09-2020.

Tuesday’s (08-09-2020) announcement that further social distancing regulations are due to be enforced from this Monday reminds us that things are still far from normal. We await full details and will obviously advise you of how this affects us at NBYC as soon as possible but in the meantime we can confirm that until Monday things are still very much ‘as you were’.

Saturday morning training continues this weekend, as does the Sunday sailing programme:

10:00 to 12:30 – Dinghy Racing
12:30 to 14:00 – River Cruiser Racing
14:00 to 16:00 – Keelboat Racing

The bar and galley will be open as usual on Sunday.

Stage 2 – Return to Racing

Guidance for Members for Stage 2 of Return to Racing

Following guidance from the RYA and the Government NBYC is starting informal racing on Sundays.

The Programme starting on the 12th of July will be as follows:
10:00 to 12:30 – Dinghy Racing
12:30 to 14:00 – River Cruiser Racing
14:00 to 16:00 – Keelboat Racing

The races will follow a similar format to Wednesday night racing i.e. will continue through these times on a back to back basis. Due to limitations, there will be no written results at this stage.

There will be supplementary Sailing Instructions which will be in force for the duration of stage 2.

These will include (with details to follow):

  • Personal Flotation Devices are to be worn by all competitors at all times.
  • Any capsize automatically cause retirement from the race.
  • Flags will not be in use, only sound signals.
  • The starting sequence will now be 5 minute and 2-minute warning with accompanying announcements.
  • The starting pole will no longer be in use.
  • We have introduced a maximum wind strength above which racing will not go ahead.

These changes have been put in place for the protection of those participating and for the race team.

All other club COVID guidelines remain in force and must be observed at all times.

NBYC Update 10-07-2020

I’m very pleased to let you know that from this Sunday (July 12th), we shall be introducing informal racing back to NBYC.

This is another move in the right direction for NBYC, but as I’m sure you understand, comes with certain restrictions. I ask you to work with us and be understanding of the decisions we have to make in relation to this.

But we can start racing again so let us be positive about that!

At the same time, we can slowly and cautiously begin to welcome training events back to NBYC by way of a reduced programme.

As we continue our journey through this pandemic, we should perhaps take time to appreciate how lucky we are to have this long awaited opportunity to return to the surroundings at NBYC. We should also think of those whose lives have been so affected by Covid-19.

Many have sadly lost friends and relatives. We applaud and thank the doctors, nurses and support staff who have worked tirelessly and selflessly for these last few months – some of those we’re proud to know as members of NBYC. And without the battalion of shop workers, delivery drivers and other many other key service workers who continued to work during lockdown, our lives would have been much tougher.

The Flag Officers and Committee members have been working extremely hard behind the scenes, ably supported by Peter McGeown our Club Manager, to ensure we were ready to reopen/restart club life when it became possible to do so. I would personally like to take this opportunity to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of them for all their efforts.

We’re not through this yet by any means and the threat of a second spike hangs over us. But if we continue to follow the guidance issued by the government, are sensible and show some good old common sense, we will hopefully keep moving in the right direction!

The RYA guidance is “to be cautious and considerate” – that’s a good place to start.

Best wishes

Paul Youngs

NBYC Update 02-07-2020

Following the government’s announcement easing restrictions for pubs and hotels, our committees, with guidance from the RYA, have been discussing what this means for us at NBYC.

I’m pleased to announce that from this Sunday and every Sunday thereafter we will be serving tea, coffee and drinks from the bar though our recently installed bar hatch overlooking the south lawn.

This early step will hopefully soon lead to us being allowed to serve food from The Galley.
But for this to happen we need your continued cooperation:

• Having collected your purchase from the external bar hatch, please move away from the clubhouse.
• No more than 30 people should gather on the veranda and immediate areas at any one time.
• At this time the bar and main dining room will remain closed.
• Picnic tables/benches should not be moved from their present positions.
• Please follow the one-way system that is in place for entry and exit to the toilets.
• Please make use of the sanitiser stations situated around the clubhouse.
• We would ask you to consider wearing face coverings when entering the building.

Many of you have been taking advantage of the good weather and sailing on the broad.

Unfortunately, at this time on advice from the RYA and as agreed by the Racing Group, we are unable to introduce any form of organised sailing. We will continue to monitor this closely and will let you know as soon as this changes.

Please can I repeat the earlier message that no course markers should be moved by any member.

At this point I would just like to thank Geoff and Heather Evans who have been doing an enormous amount of work interpreting the legislation, discussing with the RYA, and advising our best course of action.

I know many of you will question how it is possible to do ‘this and that’ but unable to do ‘the other’ – but we are not alone. Other clubs are in a similar position, and in opening our ‘hatch bar’ we are going further than most.

I also need to remind you that due to the restrictions associated with social distancing we are presently restricting entry to NBYC to members only.

Thank you for your continued support and I’m only sorry that the reopening of the bar coincides with a weekend that promises to be too windy to sail, but we will be serving so should you pop down to the club we will be ready to serve you.

Best wishes


Paul Youngs

NBYC Update 20-05-2020

Wroxham Week
It is with huge regret that we have to advise you that Wroxham Week 2020 is cancelled. The Management Committee unanimously decided on Monday to make this difficult decision to ensure members could adjust their plans in good time. We understand this is the first time the regatta has been cancelled since WWII  but it was considered that the limitations on social gatherings, and the risk to volunteers, members and staff was such that it would have been impossible to provide anything resembling a regatta.
But Wroxham Week will return next year, and I’m beginning to think that 2021 is going to be a fun packed year!

In the meantime the best I can offer you is a dose of nostalgia with some Anglia TV News footage from July 1960 –;
When our weekend bosun Ben Maples, left us in March Steve Wright, our full time bosun offered to further reduce his hours to allow us to recruit a new full time bosun. We were delighted to welcome Steve Smith as he joined us at the beginning of April from Plantscape, our grounds maintenance contractors . This has also allowed us to bring grounds maintenance back in-house – helping reduce costs. Steve’s working days are Wednesday to Sunday during the season, but he will not be involved in Safety Boat or Flag Pulling so volunteers will be required.
Having been at the Club for 15 years Steve Wright has unrivalled knowledge of our buildings and  site, and we will still be able to benefit from his expertise when we need it in the future.
We also reviewed our catering requirements and concluded that in the present circumstances the position of Catering Manager was redundant. We have therefore agreed redundancy terms with Jonathon Caswell. Jonathon is very understanding of our position and wishes the Club well for the future as he has enjoyed his 5 years with us.
I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Jonathon, Steve and Ben, all best wishes for the future.
While our Club Manager Peter works remotely at this time, Claire, Emily and Jason remain furloughed.

These are unprecedented times indeed and without doubt the NBYC of 2021 will bear little resemblance to that of 2019. But I’m sure we will come back stronger, leaner – and probably more appreciative of what we have at NBYC.
But for now and the remainder of 2020, we should be sensible, remain optimistic, but also be realistic in our expectations of what NBYC can offer at this time.

Stay safe!

Paul Youngs



NBYC Update

Following the PM’s address on Sunday evening, we have now received clarification from the Broads Authority that private boats can now use the broads and rivers. Owners may also visit their boats for leisure or to do maintenance but are not allowed to stay overnight away from their usual residence (so day trips only).

Here’s the full update: ).

We have discussed over recent weeks how we should look to reintroduce sailing at NBYC and have decided to implement the following 3 stage plan. This plan has no timeline and will follow guidance as it is issued by the government, the Broads Authority and the RYA.

Stage 1. NBYC will be open for Recreational sailing. This will allow members to sail on the broad, but there will be no organised racing at this time. In effect, the club is closed, but you may access the grounds and broad at your own risk.
Please also note that you are only permitted to sail with people who live in the same household as yourself.

Stage 2. Will see us offer on a Sunday, fixed form racing by request from a fleet – a course designed around fixed buoys with minimal race staff. (more details will follow prior to stage 2 being implemented)

Stage 3. We will offer a reduced timetable – E.G. dinghies am, keelboats pm, same course and race staff system as for stage 2.

I must impress upon you the continued risk to health of the COVID-19 pandemic and remind you that Social Distancing must be maintained at all times. So as not to encourage groups forming, the clubhouse, catering facilities and office will remain shut until further notice, but the toilets will remain accessible.

I would encourage you to wear facemasks, particularly where it is difficult to socially distance, and when entering the toilets. Please also consider other members, when using jetties/narrow walkways, by making use of passing places and/or waiting for them to exit the walkway.

I urge you to be sensible, optimistic but realistic in our expectations of what NBYC can offer at this time.

Stay safe!

Paul Youngs

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