Spring Edition of Sweeping Statements

There was certainly a touch of spring in the air today, and with Spring comes the next edition of Sweeping Statements, the Club’s very own magazine. Contributions from Members are always very welcome and if you’ve got a good Broom boat story to tell - maybe about your first sea cruise or your favourite destination or the latest mod or bit of kit you’ve fitted - why not tell the rest of us about it? Submission need to be with me by 31 March latest, so email me your story together with your hi-res pics and let me know if you need any assistance. My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Spring is in the air, the new cruising season is just ahead and we want your story!

A special date for your diary!

Thames Region hosts the 2019 AGM Weekend 18th – 20th October.

We have booked the De Vere Beaumont Hotel, Old Windsor SL4 2JJ for this event.

Situated in 42 acres of park land, the estate dates back to the 14th century and was originally known as “Remenham”, after the land owner Hugo de Remenham. Over time, the estate passed through various owners and was possibly best known as a Roman Catholic boarding college from 1861 to 1967. After the school’s closure, the buildings were used as a training centre until 2007 when they were acquired by the Principal Hotel Company who carried out an extensive refurbishment programme. Further investment was made in 2017 to create the estate buildings that guests use today.

As well as enjoying the hotel’s lounges and restaurant facilities, we will be holding our Gala Dinner in the stunning Chapel that dates back to 1870 with its fully restored stained-glass window. Throughout the weekend, guests will also have full use of the gym complex, including tennis and squash courts, and an indoor heated swimming pool.

The De Vere is ideally situated for a visit to Runnymede as well as to Windsor and Eton and we are planning to arrange a boat trip to and from the hotel into the town. For those wanting to travel further afield, Hampton Court Palace is approximately 17 miles away by car.

More details about the weekend will be published in the Spring edition of Sweeping Statements and on the BOC web-site. But in the meantime, please put the dates in your diary. We look forward to welcoming you to the Thames Region in 2019.

Martin Broom Trophy 2018

I am delighted to announce that the winner of the Trophy this year is Dr Bill Moses with an excellent document entitled
Martin Broom M.B.E.
Innovator and Pioneering entrepreneur.
June 1934 - October 2013
It has some really interesting information and some fascinating reproductions of Broom documentation over the years.
Our sincere congratulations go out to him for this achievements.

To view the winning entry click HERE

Frank Hawkins
Chairman of the Judging Committee


October, the leaves are changing colour and there’s a little dampness in the air. Bright sunny days no longer provide summer warmth but still allow standing on deck in ‘Ts’ and shorts whilst thoughts turn to snugging the boat for the winter ahead - and of course to that long considered article for Sweeping Statements....

Did you discover new cruising grounds in the lovely summer weather? Did you re-visit some old grounds and find them still as good to cruise around? Has some new bit of kit worked really well or have you overcome technical difficulties for some promised conversion or renovation?  Let the rest of us know! Help fellow members overcome technical problems by sharing your knowledge and experience or introduce members to your favourite areas or provide navigation tips on how to more easily and safely get there. Share your experiences with fellow members and strengthen the reasons for joining and remaining in the Club. You know it makes sense. 

The closing date for articles is October 31st, and they should be emailed to the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Don’t worry about underlining headings or using different colours or formats - a simple script, perhaps in Word is good, and high resolution photos to illustrate what you are writing about (maybe even including a photo of yourselves and your boat) sent separately will certainly enhance the subject and also let readers know who you are.  If you would like any advice on any aspect simply get in touch with me, I’ll be very pleased to help. And please remember - it’s easier than you may think. Good luck with it. David

Sweeping Statements - Spring 2018

Even if the ‘Beast from the East’ is keeping you cool, your thoughts, like mine, might be turning towards those looked-forward to warm summer days on board.  Why not start the season now by writing an article for your Club Magazine, Sweeping Statements?  The next issue will be out in the Spring, and now is the time to get your article written and sent to the editor before the cut-off date of 31st March.

Send it by e-mail, or as a pdf enclosure, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using plain text please, with no underlining or coloured text (it makes it easier to lay-out the mag) together with photographs. These should be of the highest resolution possible and include a photo of yourself and your boat, if you can. An article of 2-3 pages of A4 would be about the right length but don’t worry too much as I can help with editing and any other queries or concerns you may have. So, why not let us know of the wonderful cruise you’ve enjoyed in the past, or are planning for the future. Or maybe you’ve just changed boats, installed a major modification or new piece of kit or found the perfect mooring.  

It’s your magazine, and it’s your chance to tell the rest of the Club about your boating life. We’re all looking forward to hearing from you and may even learn from your experiences, or be encouraged to try that great cruising area too. Forget the Beast - get writing!

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