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Frostbites at Whitlingham

Launched in 1933 and still thriving, the Norwich Frostbite Sailing Club is one of the longest-running winter sailing clubs in the UK.

Home movie 1954 2 mins Silent

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The Norfolk 14-foot One Design dinghy is a varnished mahogany, clinker built, Broads sailing dinghy with a gunter rig. The dinghies seen here were built by Herbert Wood of Potter Heigham and through diligent maintenance many are still in regular use today. These dinghies can be sailed single-handed but sail better with the weight of two crew - on calm days the technique of leaning the boat away from the wind captures what little breeze there is, as shown in the footage.

Whitlingham Broad, barely a mile to the east of Norwich city centre, offers numerous watersports for schools, community groups and other visitors. These range from canoeing and kayaking to paddle-boarding and windsurfing. Land-based pursuits include archery and team-building challenges. The area offers excellent walks for dogs and their owners, and is a popular wildlife haven being so close to urban Norwich.