October 2021 Heads Up

October 2021

In this issue:

  • Introduction to Peter Ward (nominated as Regional Coordinator)
  • Late October East Coast cruise (24-30 October)
  • Drinks Reception at Royal Harwich Yacht Club (29 October)
  • Cruising the Baltic Seminar (30 October)
  • Coffee Morning (30 October - cancelled)
  • Future Coffee Mornings
  • Laying Up Supper (06 November)
  • Xmas Party (04 December)
  • Icicle Cruise (tba)

Introduction to Peter Ward (Ocean Belle II - Broom 42)

After a lifetime of holidays on the Norfolk Broads, in 2012 Elaine and I bought our first ocean going boat - a 1978 Broom Ocean 37 called Ocean Belle. On entering her into the pageant celebrating Broom’s 115 years anniversary in 2013 we were introduced to the Broom Owners Club, and life would never be the same again!

In 2014 we joined a Norfolk Yacht Agency novices’ cruise to Lowestoft and Southwold for our first cruise at sea. A cruise to Wells-Next-The-Sea in 2015 with our new BOC friends (Ikon and Gentle One) was the catalyst for an upgrade to a more modern and faster boat, Pelican Buoy, a 2004 Broom 39. From our home mooring at Brooms in Brundall, we have enjoyed the Norfolk Broads and numerous sea cruises on the East Coast, plus a trip to London in 2016 (accompanied by Lady Carolyn) and subsequently two cruises to Northern France.

We were delighted to tell our story in a picture book entitled “Broom Owners Club through the eyes of new members”, which in 2017 earnt us the honour of winning The Martin Boom Memorial Trophy.

In 2020 we exchanged Pelican Buoy for a 2001 Boom 42, which we have named Ocean Belle II. In 2021 we arranged an early season shakedown cruise for the Eastern Region, and, following our 2021 summer holiday, a 500nm cruise to the South Coast and Isle of Wight (accompanied by Aquarius), we were pleased to arrange the Eastern Region’s annual rally at Beccles.

Having recently retired after a career in the logistics industry, Elaine and I are looking forward to spending more time on Ocean Belle II and “giving something back” by supporting BOC and the members in the Eastern Region.


Late October East Coast cruise (24-30 October)

Ocean Belle II, in the company of Aquarius and Elsie May, are planning a cruise down the East Coast to Southwold, Woodbridge and Woolverstone.

This is NOT a BOC event, but anyone interested in our in itinerary who may like to follow and/or meet up during the cruise is welcome to contact me for details (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07971 320211)

Drinks Reception at Royal Harwich Yacht Club (29 October)

If elected to represent the Eastern Region, I would like to expand our legacy focus and embrace those members who moor on the Deben and Orwell, as well as the Norfolk Broads.

To this end, I have arranged an evening Drinks Reception at The Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Woolverstone for 6.30pm on Friday 29th October.

This will be open to all Broom Owners and friends, when I hope to introduce myself and provide an opportunity for some social networking and knowledge sharing across the wider region. I encourage you to make the journey to Woolverstone by boat or car, for what promises to be a pleasurable and rewarding evening. Following the drinks reception, attendees are welcome to dine at the RHYC.

To book your place, please drop me a line by email or text (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07971 320211) and I’ll be pleased to provide any further information required.

Cruising the Baltic Seminar (30 October)

Forging links and building on our relationship with The Royal Harwich Yacht Club, BOC members are invited to join the Club’s all-day seminar on Saturday 30th October about cruising in the Baltic. A full line up of expert speakers will share their experiences – the full agenda, menu choices and booking details can be found at https://www.royalharwichyachtclub.co.uk/events/cruising-the-baltic-seminar

A few places remain, priced at £40 for RHYC members, £45 for non-members. If interested, please book directly with RHYC through the above link.

October Coffee Morning (30 October) – and ongoing coffee mornings

I am proposing to cancel the October Coffee Morning, originally scheduled for 30 October, due to its proximity to the recently arranged Laying Up Supper the following week, plus the lack of attendance at the September coffee morning.

Introduced by Robert, the coffee morning concept has been well received, and prior to the disruption of COVID they were popular occasions to meet. COVID introduced us to Zoom, which may be a more practical format during the winter months when less people are visiting their boats, with a return to the in-person events during the Spring/Summer months. Again, these ought not to be confined to the Southern Broads, and I’m open to suggestions of where we might hold coffee mornings at alternative venues that will be equally convenient for our friends on the Northern Broads, as well as the Deben and Orwell rivers.

For the time being let’s keep this under review and discussion, and to formulate a plan that works for the upcoming winter and next boating season.

Broom Owners

Laying Up Supper (06 November)

Following my circular dated 30th September (please let me know if you have not received or mislaid and would like me to re-send), so far we have around 20 booked in for the gathering on Saturday 06 November at The Ram Inn, Brundall. Anyone wishing to join should book directly with The Ram on 01603 712569 – just give them a call and let them know you wish to join the Broom Owners party.

Xmas Party (04 December)

We are delighted that 20 have booked in for the Xmas Party on Saturday 04 December at The Wherry, Oulton Broad.

This is a reminder for those that have booked and not yet advised their food choices, or paid the balance owing, the cut-off to do so is 30th October.

For anyone interested in joining us at the Wherry’s Glitz and Glamour Party Night, please drop me a line by the end of October and we’ll check availability for our booking to be extended.

(The details of this event were first sent by email on 18 September, please let me know if you would like me to re-send)

Icicle Cruise (provisionally proposed 03-09 December)

Due to little interest, nothing has been arranged as yet by way of an Icicle Cruise. If anyone is interested in a December cruise, or even between Xmas and New Year, David Evans will be pleased to hear from you and put some ideas together – please drop David a line atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing Comments

By now you should have received your 2020/21 Annual Report and Financial Statement of the Broom Owners Club, together with voting form. You will see that the AGM will take place by Zoom on at 10am on Sunday 17th October, with the counting of votes during the following week.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Robert Middleton for his sterling efforts over the last three years as Regional Coordinator, and in thanking them for their friendship also to wish Robert and Mary the very best in their future adventures afloat.

Finally, I’d like to thank those members and friends for their confidence and support in encouraging me to step forward and nominate myself to take over this significant role. If elected I look forward to fulfilling this non-trivial duty to the best of my ability and to continuing the great success of BOC in the Eastern Region.

Peter Ward, October 2021


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