Sweeping Statements Winter Edition

Winter is coming, and so is the next issue of Sweeping Statements! But, it's not too late to submit your contribution. If you have an article in mind now is the time to get writing, gather those photos and, when finished, email it to me, in Word format at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The cut-off date is 31 October, so if you had a fantastic cruising season and would like to share it with fellow members, or fitted a great new piece of kit or are working on refurbishing an old classic why don't you let us all know bout it? Perhaps you got into some difficulties or made an error in navigation or experienced some other event and now have lessons to share, that you learned from your mistakes. It could be a valuable lesson for someone getting into similar difficulties in the future. Help make the next issue bright, informative and entertaining. The magazine depends on you, the members. So don't delay, start writing today!

Planning for the 2021 AGM

Planning for the 2021 AGM business meeting (by Zoom)

As we approach the end of the club year the committee is preparing for the AGM. As has been previously explained, due to financial risks, we will not be holding the usual weekend event, including a ‘face to face’ AGM.

Since many valuable lessons were learnt during the Q&A session held earlier this year, we are planning to hold the AGM on Zoom on the 17th October, although the final decision will be taken at the committee meeting on the 11th September. Full details of the arrangements will be included in the notice of the AGM which will be sent out soon thereafter.

So, put this date in your diaries and we hope to see as many of you as possible on the day. Meanwhile enjoy your boating during the rest of the season.

Peter Bentley, Chairman


BOC member Tony Riley, owner of Broom 35 Sedan ‘Legacy’, has been awarded the Chairman’s Letter of Commendation.

Nominated by former Thames Region Coordinator Andrew Cotter, and supported by James Gerring, Chris Knight and Mike Fowler, Tony was put forward for the award for his tireless work on behalf of boaters on the River Thames, which particularly benefits members in the Thames and South East Regions of the Club. Additionally, Tony’s efforts to ensure that the pleasure boater’s voice is heard when the Environment Agency and Port of London Authority are considering new rules and legislation which effects all boaters, benefits members visiting the Thames from other regions too. The full text of the Commendation is reproduced below:

Broom Owners Club - Chairman’s Letter of Commendation - TONY RILEY, Chairman, Association of Thames Yacht Clubs (ATYC)

Tony Riley has been awarded the Chairman’s Letter of Commendation.  Tony, owner of Broom 35 Sedan ‘Legacy’, has been a member of the BOC for a number of years, and is moored in the Thames Region. Tony is a keen boater and has spent many years cruising on the Thames. For the past two years he has been Acting Chairman then Chairman of the Association of Thames Yacht Clubs, which represents boat clubs along the whole of the Thames, from the highest reaches all the way to the Thames estuary, and it is for the tireless work that Tony puts in on behalf of all Thames boaters, that he was  nominated for the award.

In his role as Chairman of the ATYC, Tony liaises with the Environment Agency (EA) on non-tidal Thames issues, and with the Port of London Authority (PLA) for all issues affecting leisure boaters on the tidal Thames. Lately this has meant presenting a boater’s voice to the relevant authorities responsible for Hammersmith Bridge, the closure of which has effectively cut off passage from the non-tidal Thames to London and beyond and prevents visitors from visiting the reaches above the bridge. He has also spent a good deal of time negotiating with the EA on locks and mooring problems, particularly the recent introduction of a car park company to oversee short-stay moorings and the problems this has caused. Tony is the first port of call for leisure boaters experiencing problems using the river, and also for the PLA and EA when they want to discuss leisure boating matters. In these issues he always puts the interests of the leisure boater first and ensures that their voice is taken into account as rules and regulations are newly imposed or existing ones are changed. He has gained a significant and trusting relationship with the EA.

Tony works tireless for boaters on the Thames, which is of benefit to members of the BOC in both the Thames and the SE Regions and of course visiting BOC members and as a member of the BOC he shows the Club in a good light in the boating community. For this, and his successful efforts to have the sometimes heavy hand of the EA and the PLA eased to allow the interests of boaters to be included, and for generally taking the argument for better amenities for leisure boaters forward, Tony has been awarded the BOC Chairman’s Letter of Commendation.





For many years, when Brooms were still building boats, Clements Engineering were  the preferred propellor supplier. They cast propellors for specific build numbers, and over the years have maintained a record of the specification for individual boats. Additionally, they manufacture propellors for clients world-wide, and have a significant expertise in propellor design and construction.

Clements had offered a discount to BOC members but discontinued this as they want to support Broom dealers and not under-cut them. They do want to maintain ties with the BOC however, and are proposing to write an article for Sweeping Statements, based on the types of queries members may have about propellors, and about common propellor problems, and pay for this article to be printed in the Club magazine.

The article will depend on you asking the questions, so if you have any queries about pitch and thrust, or cavitation and trailing edges or the best type of propellor for your hull shape, then let me know. I will gather them together for Clements Engineering to provide the answers.

A closing date of 31 August, 2021, will allow plenty of time to get your questions in, and also allow time to provide answers for problems which may arise during the present cruising season. E-mail your questions to David.Haugh@btconnect by 31 August, and sooner if possible.

It's a win-win situation. Get your propellor queries answered and get support for the Club magazine too. What's not to like?


The latest edition of the Club magazine, Sweeping Statements, is out now, and was posted to members on Monday, 26th April. You should receive your copy by the end of the week at the latest, as it is despatched by 2nd class mail. Enjoy the read.

The next edition will be printed in November, and all copy should be received by the cut-off date of 31 October, 2021. Email the editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in word format and please use the highest resolution/pixel you can for accompanying photographs. Help make the next magazine even better, and let the Club know what you have been doing in the season. Happy boating.

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