Newark BOC lunchMembers turned out in force last week for our Central and North East region get together at Newark Marina. We were royally entertained by James Wilkinson, who laid on a buffet of local speciality fayre and our sincere thanks go to him for being so hospitable. 

It was great to see nearly 40 members support the event, not only those based on the marina, but also some who had travelled quite a distance to attend what was our first local event since the formation of the BOC. It was lovely to be able to introduce members to others who were based in the same cruising area, or with ambitions to travel further afield, who could learn from the experiences of those who'd done it all before.

As well as providing an opportunity for members to meet and get to know one another, one of the objectives of the day was to try to find a regional coordinator for the Central region who will be able to carry on the good work and be a focal point for more events in the coming year. Although we had some interest we've not yet quite filled the position, so if anyone feels inspired to have a go then do get in touch. It doesn't need to be an onerous responsibility, and could involve for instance just organising an early season BBQ at Newark, or perhaps an out of season meal where members could discuss future cruising plans. As anyone who's been involved in organising these kind of events will tell you, once you put owners in a room together it's not difficult to get them talking, in fact it's impossible to get them to stop!

Speak to chairman Frank Hawkins or any of the committee for further information on getting involved.

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