Eastern Region member David Rogers (Broom 1070  ‘Eastern Dawn’) has been awarded a Chairman’s Letter of Commendation. 

David was put forward for the award by members Linda Varney and Keith Rowe, as a mark of appreciation for his contributions to the Forum. One of the major resources of the BOC is the technical expertise members share with each other and over the years, in fact since joining the Club in 2004, David has been a consistent contributor. With his wide knowledge of mechanical and electrical applications he has been able to offer advice and solutions to a range of problems posed by members, and his willingness to contribute on a consistent basis has been of great help to many and it demonstrates, and contributes to, the value that belonging to the Club provides. A letter of commendation, confirming the award, has been sent to David by Chairman Peter Bentley.


How's your winter been? How's your summer looking? How's that new bit of kit doing or even the new boat? The Spring edition of your Club magazine, Sweeping Statements is due for publication in April. All it lacks is that article telling us about a great cruise you did. You can guess what I mean. How about your boat name? We're running a series on boat names, and have already received some really good articles. So if you have an unusual boat name with a story behind it, why don't you let other club members know? The cut-off date is 31 March. Send your article by email, together with photographs in the highest resolution to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the cut-off date, and help keep your club magazine going. Have a great summer!



Chairman Peter Bentley is pleased to announce that the very first BOC Chairman’s Letter of Commendation has been awarded to Erna Makela, from the European Region.  Together with Torsten, and their dog Elli, Erna entertained members with her Face Book postings of the cruises they made through their Finnish cruising area, during the spring and summer of 2020.  Erna followed this up with an article in the Club magazine about cruising in Finland. The Committee considered this first award very well deserved.

This is the first award of a Letter of Commendation, but hopefully not the last. Members are welcome to nominate another member, and the procedure was circulated on both the Club website and Face Book page, earlier.



 The Committee recently held a meeting to identify ways of keeping the club active and interesting for members during the current restrictive lock-down period. One of the suggestions, which has been taken up for immediate implementation, is to offer a Chairman’s commendation to identify and thank any member who has done something of note or interest for the Club during this period.The award is aimed at stimulating club interest during the present restrained times, providing some good news and have immediate effect. It is not intended as a substitute for the Martin Broom Memorial Trophy, which will continue to be awarded annually to a deserving member. 

The award is effective immediately. Any member may propose a recipient, by sending their nomination to the Chairman. The proposal will then be circulated to the committee for its consideration. The Chairman will write a letter of commendation to successful nominees, send it to the recipient after previously informing them of the award, and then have the award publicised on the Club Website page, FaceBook Page and the subsequent issue of Sweeping Statements.  The Chairman is pleased to announce that the very first recipient was approved by the committee at the meeting, and an announcement will shortly be made.


Sweeping Statements is Out!

All members should have received their copy of the latest issue of Sweeping Statements now. It is sent by 2nd class post and was posted on Friday, 4th December. If you haven't received it, drop me an email with your address - it could be that we don't hold the latest address or correct address for you, although with the build up to Christmas it could be that the 2nd class post is taking a little longer and if you are in Europe it may take a little longer anyway. Enjoy the read and Merry Chfristmas!

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