Hickling Windsurfing Club have enjoyed a fantastic 2018 season, in which the Club has gone from strength to strength, not only significantly increasing membership, but seeing a successful open day leading to very popular training courses and a number of new instructors trained.

At the start of the 2018 season, Hickling Windsurfing Club set itself some ambitious goals, wanting to increase membership, turn a high percentage of those attending the Club’s annual Push the Boat Out day into members, and train a number of new Club volunteer instructors. Several months on and the Club has achieved all this and much more.

Based from a secluded beach on the banks of Hickling Broad in Norfolk, Hickling Windsurfing Club is a real hidden gem. Equipment is available for beginners to loan, and activity at the Club varies from training courses to family fun days and race events. Their year began by becoming an RYA Recognised Training Centre, and the training of eight new instructors to provide club support. This was followed by an extremely successful open day as part of ‘Push the Boat Out’, where some 77% of attendees of the 50 taster sessions (33 individuals) went on to join the Club. The Club put significant effort this year into a Beginner Support Programme, which would provide new members with all they needed to become active members of Hickling Windsurfing Club. This included beginner courses, Sailing Saturdays (in the form of supported sailing every Saturday in July & August), through to more advanced training where needed, resulting in 22 beginners being trained.

Throughout the season activity has continued to increase, and the Club has forged strong links with both the local Sailing Club, running courses for both adults and children, and the wider community – with the volunteer-run Club having a strong social family aspect.

Martin Harwood, Chairman of the Club said "The Hickling Windsurfing Club membership has increased by 10% in a year and this is due to volunteers working extra hard to provide more training and support for those learning to windsurf. It’s been a real team effort with the Royal Yachting Association funding and training 8 new instructors, and working closely with the Hickling Broad Sailing Club and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust too. Hickling is one of the UK’s best windsurfing venues in the UK, and with great facilities and training support, with 147 memberships it’s believed to be the largest windsurfing Club in the whole of the UK.”

Robbie Bell, Regional Development Officer added: “It’s been fantastic to see the development of Hickling Windsurfing Club over the past few years and the progress they have made. I look forward to hearing of their continued successes in the future”.

To find out more about the Club visit: http://www.hicklingbroad.co.uk/

If you’d like to find out more about how to get out on the water and start your sailing adventure visit http://www.rya.org.uk/go/startboating