The Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club was founded in 1946 when the two clubs which existed before the war combined. The club has always been based on the present site (in Nicholas Everitt Park). The clubhouse was built in 1966 and replaced the earlier small, thatched roofed building. The present building includes changing rooms, canteen, bar with lounge that overlooks the broad, and the race control room.
A recent programme of refurbishment has resulted in many improvements, which include heating for use in the winter season and floating pontoons, replacing the older wooden jetties. The clubhouse is shared with the Lowestoft & Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club who use it for running their powerboat racing on Thursday evenings during the summer months. The University of East Anglia have a group membership and Sailability (disabled) have use of the Club one day per week. For those who wish to learn the basic and intermediate skills of sailing the Suffolk Watersports Centre is near by and holds courses throughout the summer months for all age groups.
The main activity of the club is Yacht Racing, which takes place throughout the year, with a summer series from April to October and a winter series from November to March. The highlight of the year is Oulton Broad Regatta Week, which is held towards the end of August and attracts helmsmen from several neighbouring clubs as well as from farther afield. During the summer racing is held every Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings from May to August.
Both class and handicap racing is provided. The classes adopted by the club cover a wide variety of craft, both dinghies and keelboats. The dinghies are the Optimist and Topper for juniors; RS 400 and the single-handed Laser. The keelboats are the traditional Broads and Waveney One Designs and the modern National Squib. Racing for each of these classes are included in all programmes, and there is tuition for juniors wishing to learn to sail or race.
The safety of all competitors are given a high priority and two fast rescue boats are provided. In addition to club racing, the club also hosts Open Championships. All members are expected to assist with the running of racing and a Line Duty Rosta is issued each season. As well as the clubhouse, there is a large dinghy park and a covered boat shed available for maintenance and for a limited amount of winter storage and an electrically operated crane for lifting out of keelboats. The use of these facilities bears a small extra fee, which is not included in the club subscription.
The affairs of the club are managed by a ten strong General Committee plus the Club Officers, the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Hon. General Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Membership Secretary, Hon. Sailing Secretary and House Secretary.
On the social side, apart from the obvious attractions of the bar that is open on race days, there is an Annual Dinner and Dance in November and a Fitting out Supper in the spring. Presentation of the many cups and trophies which are competed for during the summer and winter series are made at these events.
Various classes of membership are available. These are Ordinary Membership, Family Membership which can include husband, wife and all children under 18, Safety boat crew and Junior Membership for the under 18s. Subscriptions, details of which will be found on the Membership Application Form, become due on application and thereafter on April 1st each year.