The BOC Martin Broom Memorial Trophy
- Written by John Oldham John Oldham
- Published: 19 January 2017 19 January 2017
- Created: 19 January 2017 19 January 2017
- Last Updated: 19 July 2019 19 July 2019
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Martin Broom MBE,(June 1934 – October 2013)
Martin Broom MBE was in charge of the boat-building company of C. J. Broom from 1964 until his retirement in November 2010. He oversaw the Company’s transition from wooden hull construction to the use of glass-reinforced plastic. This change enabled the development of the variety of successful aft-cabin designs which are now so familiar. It was his insight and enthusiasm that drove the development of the Company and resulted in the range of boats that we, as Club members, all enjoy today. He was also very active in supporting boating and the boating industry generally – as a member of the Broads Authority for 30 years, and as a leader with the British Marine Federation, (including a two-year term as chairman of the International Boat Shows, initially at London’s Olympia, and then at Earls Court ,before moving to ExCel). In 2004, Martin Broom gave his support for the foundation of the Club on the condition that it was to be a non-profit-making organisation.
Each year, the Club awards the Memorial trophy to mark the contribution that Martin made to the boating industry, and his role in the formation of the BOC. The award aims to encourage members to use and enjoy their Broom boats to the fullest possible extent. To ensure participation by as many members as possible, a wide range of types of entry is permitted. Winning entries are published on the public section of the BOC web-site.
Founder Chairman, David Broad holding the cup he
donated, to be awarded each year in honour of Martin Broom