Saturday, 30th November proved to be a propitious day for this second BOC Central & N.E. Region gathering at Newark Marina showrooms. Fair weather made travelling easy and enabled those attending to take advantage of the opportunity to view some of the Broom boats on the marina’s waterside moorings, and to look round the new Broom 370 specially opened up for members.

Over twenty Broom owners were greeted on arrival by BOC Chairman, Gill Oldham, accompanied by six other committee and ex-committee members.


Once all had assembled, Gill formally welcomed the group, introduced the other committee members present and explained their various roles. She pointed out that Frank Hawkins, recently-elected Vice-Chairman and Regional Development Officer, had a key role in helping those areas without co-ordinators or Regional Representatives (such as the Central and N.E. Region), develop a regular programme of events. Frank described his role in more detail and said that he was keen to support any local members willing to help organise future events. This would be an essential step in the development of the Region, and volunteers would be most welcome!

Gill went on to thank James Wilkinson of Newark Marina on behalf of all those present. Not only had he funded all the food and drink for the event – he and his colleagues from the marina also stood ready to prepare and serve the assembled company! The Club was most grateful for his generous support and the time and effort that he had put in to ensuring the success of this gathering.

Following these introductions, David Haugh, BOC Magazine Editor and Rest-of-the-World Co-ordinator, gave a very well-received, illustrated account of some of his continental cruising experiences.

His blend of practical advice and humorous anecdotes generated much interest, so much so, that several members said they would consider cruising further afield in the coming seasons!

A hearty lunch then followed, with more opportunities for an exchange of cruising experiences amongst those present. It was late-afternoon before the last guests wended their way home.

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