Sailing holidays on the Broads have been a traditional part of British life since the turn of the century - and are still unique and unrivalled.

For decades, people young and old have learned to sail on these sheltered waters. Olympic yachtsman have earned their stripes in the many competitive sailing events and sailing enthusiasts come back year after year to enjoy this wonderful cruising ground. Even Admiral Horatio Nelson was taught to sail here as a boy, on Barton Broad, before joining the Royal Navy and going to sea at the age of 12.

The area that we know today as the "Norfolk Broads" consists of a collection of open areas of water and interconnecting rivers in the flat and low lying, mostly rural area east of Norwich and into North Suffolk. The three principal rivers are the Yare, Bure and Waveney, which flow into the sea at Great Yarmouth. There are numerous tributaries to these rivers, including the smaller rivers Ant, Chet, Thurne and Wensum.

The Broads themselves offer exceptionally beautiful sailing waters, with the open expanses of Horsey Mere, Barton Broad and Hickling Broad offering safe cruising grounds and with areas like Black Horse Broad and South Walsham Broad providing ideal nursery slopes for beginners and peaceful anchorages.

The Broads is Britain's largest, nationally protected wetland. Its rivers, broads, marshes and fens make it a unique area, rich in rare habitats, which support myriad plants and animals. The Broads has special status - it is one of the national and international family of National Parks - for its blend of wildlife, distinctive landscapes and buildings, and the opportunities for people to relax and enjoy themselves both on land and on many kilometres of lock-free navigable waterways.

Upton Yacht Station is situated in the heart of Broadland's best sailing area, a perfect location to set sail in any direction, along rivers with virtually no trees to restrict sailing breezes.

Here, for over 50 years, Eastwood Whelpton have operated a fine fleet of yachts, maintained and fitted to very high standards. Every customer receives personal attention and help, and advice is freely available.

More details about this special area can be obtained from the Broads Authority, who manage the area and The Broads Society, a voluntary body helping to secure the Broads as a unique and protected landscape in which leisure, tourism and the local economy can thrive in harmony with the natural environment.

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