International Rally 2018

Event Details

The 24th INTERNATIONAL WAYFARER RALLY based at Clippesby Hall, Norfolk

Date: 7th -13th Sept. 2018

Accommodation available: Bungalows; Flats; Chalets; RUV’s; Camping.

Evening entertainment based around the marquee at Clippesby exclusively for use by participants of the International Rally, as well other nearby venues – all the following is included in the overall cost, (except trip to Woodforde’s Brewery).

Hog Roast: (1st evening) Enjoy a professionally prepared evening hog roast BBQ with vegetarian options also available.

Broads Authority: A ranger will give an introductory talk about the history of the Broads and its current National Park status, with the Authority being responsible for the important recreational and commercial boating activity along the 200 miles of waterway, as well as the conservation of some of the rarest plants and animals in the UK.

Sea Shanty Group: Be entertained whilst enjoying a pint from the adjacent bar by a local popular sea shanty group – no doubt to be joined later by the talented musicians amongst the Wayfarer gathering.

Morris Dancer Group: A unique and quintessentially English spectacle for our overseas visitors, watch the enthusiastic amateur group perform before (voluntarily!) joining in the spirit of the occasion to have a try at it yourself.

Michael McNamara: Michael will give a talk on how to set up your Wayfarer to get the best out of it for cruising, using a Wayfarer laid on its side either in or beside the marquee (depending on weather). Come armed with a notebook or video camera to remember the many tips he will offer!

Michael McNamara: Make an evening visit to Michael’s nearby sail loft at Catfield for a talk and demo on sailmaking and what to look for when buying new or used sails.

Woodforde’s Brewery: Make a weekday evening visit to the nearby brewery at Woodbastwick and learn more about the art of brewing ale, as well as enjoying the sampling session at the end – non drivers only I’m afraid!

Highlight of event !!

Grand final meal: (last evening) for whole group at a specially hired local venue, with transport provided to and from the venue by one of London’s most well known sights, a red Routemaster bus. (More details on venue to follow).


Cruises starting each day from Thurne, with an individual choice of visiting the following sites of interest:

South Walsham:

– visit Fairhaven Woodlands and Water Garden, which has 3 miles of scenic Broad walks through an area of ancient woodland containing some of Britain’s oldest trees, and which provides an ideal environment for wildlife to thrive.

– stop off at the Ship Inn for a choice of locally brewed ales and an excellent lunchtime meal.


– use the boardwalk to trek through natural woodland and reed bed habitats to the floating Broads Wildlife Centre with its panoramic vista across the water. Take a 45 minute guided trip around the Broad on ‘Damselfly’ to learn more about the unique flora and fauna of the Broad.

– visit the impressive 14th/15th century church with its unique features of The Antiphoner, a beautiful illuminated service book written in Medieval Latin, and a painted medieval screen portraying the apostles and popular saints of the 15th century. Climb the church tower with its 89 steps, 2 ladders and a trap door, to reveal wonderful views of the River Bure and five of the Broads.’s-Church Ranworth/details/?dms=3&venue=0721336

– call in at the Ranworth Maltsters, which is just across the road from the Broad with its very tastefully fitted out bar and dining area and serving fine local ale and a good choice of lunches.

Salhouse Broad:

– sail to one of the more peaceful and tranquil of the Broads, as it tends to get visited less often by the holiday traffic. It is privately owned, rather than managed by the Broads Authority, but still open to the general public. Enjoy a scenic (15 min) walk to the nearby village of Woodbastwick.

– call in at Woodforde’s Brewery, Norfolk’s largest suppliers of beer to pubs in the area and beyond, to check out their range of local ales and decide whether you would like to book a weekend or evening guided tour and sampling session.

– stop at the adjacent Fur and Feather to enjoy a choice of beers from the Woodforde’s brewery as well as a fine lunchtime meal.


– a picturesque Broadland village with many fine houses along the river, as well as shops, pubs, restaurants, tea rooms and a fine church, well worth the mile long walk along the country lanes.

– call in at the New Inn ( which overlooks the river, or walk a little further to the Swan Inn ( for a welcome pint of locally brewed ale.

– visit the RAF Radar Museum (a 20 min walk from Horning) which provides a unique window into the history of radar and remains exactly how it was used during World War 2 and the Cold War afterwards. ‘A fascinating place and more than equal in interest to the NASA space museum in Florida’ – Ansis Rozkalns –


– a bustling town with a unique bridge and many shops, places to eat, boatyards and an excellent chandlery (Norfolk Marine) selling every possible item relating to boating. Home to the local department store of Roys of Wroxham.

– enjoy a ride on the Bure Valley Railway, a narrow gauge steam train making a scenic 45 min trip along the Bure Valley to Alysham. Stop for a 45 min coffee/sightseeing break in Alysham before catching the train back to Wroxham.

– visit Miniature Worlds, the UK’s largest indoor modelling attraction, with a huge variety of exhibits from large model railway layouts to the intricate detail of small dolls houses.

Ludham Bridge:

– call in at the Wayfarer Cafe, overlooking the river by the bridge and providing refreshments and full meals throughout the day. Also has an adjacent gift shop for anyone in need of some retail therapy!

– visit the How Hill Trust, with its wildlife walking trail on a circular route through the estate’s marshes and woodlands. The Toad Hole Cottage museum gives a glimpse of life in Victorian times and there is also a delightful secret garden and tearoom to drop in on. Take a guided 50 min. trip on the Electric Eel boat to be shown flora and fauna otherwise missed.


– visit Hunters Yard to watch traditional boatbuilding skills. Check out – and possibly decide to hire for a day – one of the old Norfolk Wherries, the traditional shallow draft workhorses of the Norfolk Broads in the last century. (Also available for hire if a traditional Norfolk Broads boat appeals, are the local half-deckers, or white boats as they are also known, from Martham Boatyard – south of Horsey).

– walk to the nearby High Street of this attractive village and visit the Kings Arms for a welcome pint and/or lunch time meal.

Potter Heigham (Repps with Bastwick):

– visit the Wind Energy Museum with its range of windmills and water pumps from around the world. Snacks and refreshments are also available.

Potter Heigham:

– get ready to lower your mast to pass under the infamous Potter Heigham bridge. (Hire cruisers are not allowed to pass through without a pilot aboard)!


– sail to the largest of the Norfolk Broads and an important area for birdlife. There are walking trails around the Broad and a guided boat trip to explore otherwise hidden areas of this year round haven for wildlife.

– moor up adjacent to the Pleasure Boat Inn and call in to enjoy a lunch time pint and/or meal.


– cruise to the nearest point of the Norfolk Broads to the coast. Moor up at Horsey Mere with the adjacent magnificent windmill pump, and walk the half a mile to the Nelsons Head for a refreshing pint before a final trek of less than mile to an unspoilt, windswept Norfolk coastline with the a good possibility of sighting grey seals.


– take a day out from sailing to explore the historic walled city of Norwich (with parts of the wall still remaining). Sightseeing and places of interest:

Norwich Cathedral: the majestic spire dominates the Norwich skyline and its inspiring architecture and features make for a fascinating visit.

Norwich castle, museum and art gallery: home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history and packed with treasures to inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages.

Norwich market: a colourful selection of outlets in the centre of Norwich situated just below the impressive City Hall building.

City sightseeing tour: hop on an open topped London Routemaster bus to be given a guided tour of the city.

Basic cost for event of £85 per person includes:

  • Broads licence and launching fee at Thurne for all Wayfarers.
  • Laminated Map of Northern Broads (for each boat).
  • Hire of a large marquee at Clippesby for the duration of the event
    – with an adjacent bar for convivial evening get-togethers.
  • A hog roast BBQ with a vegetarian option and sweet course to finish.
  • A final, 3 course evening meal at a specially hired venue with bar.
  • Transport to and from above venue by London Routemaster bus.
  • A Sea Shanty group providing some lively evening entertainment.
  • A Morris Dancing group providing an evening of music and entertainment.
  • A short introductory talk on the Broads by a ranger from the Broads Authority.
  • A talk by Michael McNamara on setting up your Wayfarer for cruising.
  • A visit to McNamara’s sail loft for a talk on sails and sailmaking.
  • WIC event fee (to help establish a reserve to fund future WIC events).

Accommodation prices for week – prices per person:

  • Grass pitch for tent for up to 2 persons* £60
  • Hardstanding RUV pitch for up to 2 persons* £75
  • Room with bunk beds and shared bathroom in shared accommodation £130
  • Double or twin bedded room with shared bathroom in shared accommodation £150
  • Double or twin bedded room with en suite facilities in shared accommodation £170 (Above en suite rooms now fully booked)
  • Individual apartments with double or twin bedded room and en suite facilities £220 (Above individual apartments now fully booked)

All subject to availability

* Includes use of all washroom facilities at Clippesby, with electrical hook-up available on hardstanding pitches (charged extra).

Where else but on a Wayfarer event would you be able to enjoy a week’s fully organised sailing holiday in great convivial company, for a basic price of between £145 (camping) and £305 (individual apartment with en suite facilities)?

For booking form please e-mail Ralph Roberts: [email protected]