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Broad Horizons 2017 (AYRS Sailing Meeting)

19 May - 21 May

Broad Horizons 2017 sailing meeting

All AYRS members and friends welcome.
19th – 21st May 2017
Barton Turf Adventure Centre Sailing Base
Staithe Road, Barton Turf, Norfolk NR12 8AZ, UK
(OS Map Ref TG356225 )

 Provisional Programme

Friday: Site open for arrivals, eat in the pub or wherever
Saturday: launch, sail. In the evening, if you want to eat out we suggest the White Horse in Neatishead.
Sunday: more sailing, recover boats in the late afternoon, go home.
Barton Turf Adventure Centre (BTAC) is a 7-acre campsite and sailing school originally established for Hertfordshire schools’ use. Now managed by Sheila & Simon Fishwick, it is open to everybody, but especially schools and youth groups, who are accommodated in tents and have access to a range of adventurous (chiefly watersports) and environmental activities using Barton Broad and the 14-acre private nature reserve. The Centre has its own slipway into an arm of Barton Broad, and can launch and recover boats of up to about 6m in length, 2m beam, 0.5m draught (keels up). Wider boats will have to be manhandled over the side of the quay, or launched through Cox’s Boatyard (for a fee). Boats may be moored overnight.

Barton Broad is the second largest of the Norfolk Broads and arguably the best for sailing. It has been subject to substantial improvement project recently undertaken by the Broads Authority aimed at restoring the silting broad to clear water. The project on the whole has been a success and Barton Broad is once again a real boating paradise. The Broad is home to numerous wildlife, including many species of birds, fish and even otters who have returned to the Broad. The edges of the Broad are all nature reserve, and much of them are fenced off to provide fishfree areas where microlife can breed without being eaten. The Broad lies across the River Ant, and there is a certain amount of pleasureboat traffic moving through it. This should not be a problem in April. The Broad is about 2m deep at most. Power boats are subject to a 5mph speed limit.

BTAC will provide a rescue boat, and will, if necessary, tow boats between the slipway and the open broad.

Contacts: Bookings: Sheila & Simon Fishwick
Tel: 01727 862268/0775 105 7568, email:admin@btac-services.co.uk
BTAC Sailing Base: 01692 536 411
Advance booking strongly advised

Directions: From Norwich, take the A1151 through Wroxham and Hoveton.
About 2 miles after leaving Hoveton, turn right onto an unclassified road signposted Neatishead and Barton Turf.
Go through Neatishead (beware: blind double bends!) over the bridge and take the first turning right, signed Barton Turf.
On reaching Barton Turf, fork right beside the green (Hall Rd), signposted “Staithe”, and continue straight on down Staithe Road.
The Barton Turf Adventure Centre Sailing Base is on the left, behind a pair of double farm gates, about 75yds past Bittern Crescent.

Costs: Camping in your own tent – £5.50 a head a night, campervans – £16.50 a night
Bed in a BTAC tent + breakfast (booking ESSENTIAL) – £16.50 a night
Food: Breakfast and lunch – £11.00 a head a day, or bring your own (kitchen available)
Evening meal – £12.50 (booking essential), or bring your own, or eat out.
Launching includes Broads Authority Licence Fee – Sailboats £5.00 a day if you book in advance,
small powerboats £15.50 – 25.00 (5mph speed limit!)
NB BTAC will provide a rescue boat and crew


19 May
21 May
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Simon & Sheila Fishwick


Barton Turf Adventure Centre
Staithe Road
NORWICH, NR12 8AZ United Kingdom
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01692 536411