Eastern Region

Eastern Region

Eastern Region

As an introduction, we are Paul and Thandi Bates. We are grateful for the opportunity to co-ordinate the Eastern Region following Peter Ward stepping down at the end of 2023.

We have been boating as a family since 2015, although Paul has never been far from the water! We live in Surrey with our two boys Ben (12) and Josh (10) and our furry boy, Bailey. We joined the BOC in 2019 in the Thames Region when we decided to join the wonderful world of Broom Boats with the purchase of “Kandalashka” (Broom 42cl). After three years on the Thames, locking in and out more times than we could count, we trucked Kandalashka up to Brundall for major repairs and a refit.

We are currently completing the purchase of a Broom 50, so the New Year will bring a new boat. Initially we planned to do a single season on the Broads, but the community we met coupled with the spectacular boating environment prompted us to remain in Brundall. We now regularly make the journey to Norfolk to enjoy weekends and holidays on the boat. 

We have absolutely loved the community and social scene on the Southern Broads and feel grateful to have made some great friends who have been so warm and welcoming. It is comforting to know there is always someone to turn to for advice or help. We hope to meet more of you over the coming months and years and encourage you to get involved in our Eastern Region community. 2024 promises to be a blast!

Coordinator: Paul and Thandi Bates

Mobile: 07930 919171

Broom 42cl Kandalashka

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