Conditions for entry

The idea for this memorial trophy competition was put forward by founder Chairman David Broad at the AGM in 2013. He subsequently kindly donated the cup which is awarded to the winner on an annual basis. The cup was made in 1934, the year that Martin Broom was born.

Basic rules

The trophy will be available for award on an annual basis. It will be granted to an individual BOC member or group that has, during the previous 12 months, made a special contribution to promoting, reporting on or supporting the use of Broom boats. Criteria for submissions are deliberately made broad enough to ensure that any member of the Club can participate. The award will be presented at the Annual General Meeting, as a result of which, submissions and nominations will need to be made available by the end of September each year. The first award was made at the 2015 AGM.

Possible types of entry

Because of the need to publish entries on the web-site, evidence must be available in a permanent form – text, photographs, illustrations or recordings. Possible submissions might include:

·      A log highlighting good use of a Broom boat by virtue of cruising range or accomplishment

·      Photos/illustrations of an event or situation involving Broom boats

·      A record of a talk / presentation about an aspect Broom boat(s) or their use

·      A video featuring a Broom boat

·      A particularly informative Sweeping Statements article

·      Production of materials supporting Broom boating (ranging from charts, equipment design, instructional tips  etc.)

·      An account of a restoration project of a Broom boat

·      A number of forum responses of particular merit

·      Organisation of, or assisting at, activities organised for BOC members.

Who can enter?

Allowing any and all of the above to be considered ensures that any member can participate in some way or another. However, members of the committee might be considered to have an unfair advantage, so they are be barred from entering.

Nominations or submissions

Any BOC member may make a submission or put forward a nomination for consideration by the judges.

Judgement criteria

Criteria include qualities such as the extent to which an entry:

·      promotes the unique qualities of the marque;

·      helps the greatest number of owners;

·      shows the greatest originality;

·      is particularly well-presented

·      is of the widest interest to members.

Who judges?

This will be undertaken by a group consisting of the donor of the trophy, the committee member responsible for administering the competition and one other member elected at the AGM in the year prior to the award

Re-awarding the trophy

In the interests of fairness, the same person or group should not be allowed to monopolise the event. It should not be awarded to a person or group for a similar entry within 3 years of its previous award.


To benefit those aspiring to future success, the reasons for making an award need to be explained in writing.


The winner takes possession of the trophy until the next AGM, but it remains the property and responsibility of the BOC. Each year, the name of the winner (or winning group) will be recorded on a plinth associated with the trophy.

In the event that no award is made in a particular year, the trophy should be returned to the custody of the Chairman.


In order for the entries to be of the greatest value to members, the submissions (or a summary thereof) will be posted on the web site.

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