Norfolk Sailing Association
North West Norfolk Week started
from the idea of Oliver Atkins and Lionel Wilkinson, who suggested that the
coastal clubs between Brancaster and Kingís Lynn should pool their resources
and organise a regatta that involved all the clubs in the area. In the
post-war austerity of 1948/9 it was also conceived as an event which could
fit in with a family holiday in a very attractive and unspoiled area of the
country. This ethos still prevails at Norfolk Week - a competitive but fun
regatta had fleets of National 12s, International 14s and Fireflies, these
have changed over the years as sailing has evolved and fashions changed, the
intervening years seeing Enterprises, Fireballs and OKs coming to prominence
during the 1960ís. North West Norfolk Week was one of the first regattas,
with the support and encouragement of the Laser Association, to introduce
class racing for Lasers in the 1970ís. As dinghy classes have diversified
the handicap (PY) fleet was introduced and has become increasingly
prominent. The 1990ís have seen a consolidation into fleets of National 12s,
Lasers, Enterprises and fast and slow handicap boats, with additional fleets
for handicap entries with 5 or more in one class.
Hunstanton and Snettisham Beach SCís are situated in the Wash offering large
open sea courses. The Ouse Amateur Sailing Club in Kingís Lynn offers tidal
river racing with smaller waves and BIG tides. The largest coastal salt
marshes in the world stretch between Brancaster Staithe and Blakeney, carved
into which are various natural harbours and creeks. These provide a further
range of courses, some on the open sea, some in estuaries, some in both!
varied as the sailing are the facilities offered by the host clubs - egg and
bacon baps at Wells, waiter service at Brancaster Staithe, the Ouse ASC
clubhouse (literally) over the river in Kingís Lynn with its magnificent
breakfasts and real ales to name but a few. All entrants are honorary
members of all clubs for the week.
impossible to list all the aspects that give North West Norfolk Week the
character that it has. Suffice it to say that it produces an event unique in
the sailing calendar. One race per day, 9 in total, with 6 to count provides
a good balance between sailing and holiday, short tidal windows mean there
are no long postponements, so plenty of time for the family to spend on the
beaches. The racing is as competitive as any but the atmosphere friendly and
relaxed. The sailing is both interesting and challenging, the venue one of
the most beautiful areas of the country and the company good. Be warned
though - it is extremely addictive! Most people having been once will return
year after year, and, if you are a real glutton for punishment, Brancaster
Sailing Week often follows on from the North West Norfolk regatta.
trophies, weekly trophies, lady and junior helm prizes mean there is
something for all sailors in the week. If you usually only sail at your own
club why not take a chance, hitch up your boat and join one of the
friendliest events in the sailing calendar, starting at Hunstanton Sailing
Club finishing at Snettisham Beach Sailing Club.
Please see the programme details on the Application forms page Click
details call David Baddeley on 01945 780095 or email from the contact page!
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