Dear Eastern Area Sailors You may have read in the recently delivered newsletter about problems at Hickling Broad Sailing Club with regards to problems with the Broad silting up and the potential loss of sailing at the Club. Needless to say this came as a huge shock to all 25 of the regular Solo fleet sailing at Hickling. I can categorically confirm that the Broad is not silting up and we are not going to lose competitive sailing! The club has been in existence for 70 years and intends to keep going for at least another 70. We get large turnouts for racing from our members mainly because Hickling is a great place to sail - largest of all the broads and surrounded by reed beds rather than trees, providing consistent winds. The club has had an issue with weed growth over the last few years and this had an impact on our Open meeting last year - currently the Broad is weed free and we have moved our Open forward this year to minimise any impact if the weed was to return. Work being done by the Broads Authority which commenced this winter(featured on a recent Countryfile episode) to rebuild a large reed beed and which includes pumping 10,000 cubic metres of mud from the broad to form the reed bed will further improve sailing at the club. We hope to welcome as many vsiting Solos as possible to our Open event on 1st June and ensure you that you will have an enjoyable and hopefully lively (if the wind obliges) sail at Hickling.
Regards Malcolm Mellor HBSC Sailing Sec & Solo 5405