The first event of the year is the winter walk. Not on the water, you understand, but towards a welcoming hostelry chosen for its good lunches. A week or two later comes the Club Quiz. A social event that helps us to keep our club subs as low as they are. And it is always well supported! Winter working parties at this time make sure that when sailing starts everything is ready. So, the first quarter of the year has gone by without any sailing but a varied and fun social programme. April sailing is mornings only. The summer sailing programme starts in May. Thursday evening BBQs also start in May, the Club provides the fire, you cook your own food.
The year’s sailing highlights include the Rockland Race. You pick your own route round the Broad making it a good test of navigation skills. Three races, held during the year, make up the Cantley Series. Your best two results to count. The Annual Regatta is in June.
One of the more challenging events is the Reedham Race. Turned into another Social Occasion by the, usually long enough, stop for lunch. The fastest return passage to the club is believed to be about 45 minutes. Beat that if you can. A number of Open Events and National Championships have also been held at Buckenham for a wide range of dinghy types – Norfolk, Javelin, Enterprise, Leader and Phantom to name but a few.
The biggest and best test of sailing skills is the Triple B. A race from Buckenham to Breydon and Back, hence its title. This is open to Production Cruisers, fast dinghies and half deckers: all those that do not qualify for the Yare Navigation Race. The proceeds from entry fees and sponsorship are donated by Buckenham Sailing Club to the Waveney Stardust. The charity that gets so many of the disabled on to the water to enjoy the Broads. All of which leads us to the club’s annual Invitation Day. Held on the first Saturday in August, club members entertain disabled groups, often as many as a hundred people come along to enjoy an afternoon’s boating followed by afternoon tea at the clubhouse. All provided by the members.
Summer sailing ends mid October and the winter series begins. The major prize is the magnificent Tangier Trophy, with awards for class races. The season ends with the Christmas Pudding Race and Punch Party. And then we are back to the Winter Walk again. All of which contributes to making Buckenham the friendly, family club it is, enjoying the finest river sailing situation on the Norfolk Broads. Come and make the most of it.