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A Beautiful Game

Club News | June 30th, 2015 | No comments yet


It has been with a deal of Schadenfreude that I have been following the tales in recent weeks that have been coming forth from FIFA’s head office.

For those mono linguists among you we are talking about ‘delighting in the misfortunes of others’.

But it has been shocking to read about the bribery, the corruption, the nefarious underhand dealings that have been going on.

Of World Cups that have been bought; of hand balls that were erased from history by the swift transfer of money; of committee members lining their own pockets at the expense of the so called beautiful game.

(We are advised by Boaters’ lawyers that we must use that word to save us from libel.)

But could you imagine what might happen if Bromsgrove Boaters behaved like FIFA?
And this is not to suggest that our Commodore is a Sepp Blatter. Or that our Committee behaves like the FIFA Executive Committee.
(Again we must say this for the avoidance of doubt and to stay out of the courts.)

Now there are some differences admittedly between Boaters and FIFA.
We only charge £15 pa for membership.
We are not sitting on reserves in excess of £1bn.
And as far as I know we have little in the way of broadcasting and merchandising rights with which to fill our coffers and the boots of our Committee.
Although surely the rights to our natty collection of Boaters’ polos, gilets and fleeces might bring in a bob or two.
Maybe we should be told who owns the rights to these.
Just in case.
But we should still be on our guard.
For as Acton said ‘Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely’.

Or we could sell the rights to host a Boaters sailing weekend. No doubt the marinas in Plymouth, the Hamble and Haslar would jump at the chance to be the Boaters destination of choice.
And a members vote would be the perfect opportunity for a spot of graft and corruption.
I wonder if we could get Qatar involved.
Or maybe we could find funds being distributed to the Malvern voting bloc to ensure this year’s photography competition goes to someone whose photograph might not be the best.
You just never know.

But fortunately Boaters is not like FIFA. And hopefully it never will be.
For one thing we meet in Bromsgrove.
And last time I looked there is no record of Bromsgrove being a tax haven shrouded in secrecy.
The Lickeys are not the Alps.
And of course we are all just too nice and honest.
So we can all breathe easy.

Captain Ahab


Boaters Meeting 16th September – “Skippers Panel” & Autumn Sailing Crew Meeting

Club News, Events | June 18th, 2015 | No comments yet

Last year’s ‘Skipper Panel’ was a great opportunity to have your questions carefully considered and answered in detail by some of our experienced skippers.

More of that this year, but with a more spontaneous twist, since the panel won’t know all the questions in advance! Questions can be on any sailing-related subject, and may be technical (eg. How does AIS differ from radar?), experienced-based (eg. What should I look out for when chartering a yacht?), or personal (eg. What’s your favourite cruising area and why?), or anything else you like. No questions to be submitted in advance, but you will need to submit your name and a general idea of the topic to help the event run smoothly.
This evening is also when crews taking part in the club’s Autumn Sailing Weekends in early October can meet to discuss their plans.

Boaters Meeting 19th August – Summer Garden Party

Club News, Events | June 13th, 2015 | No comments yet

If you’re not out sailing this week, why not have some fun on dry land instead. Previous ‘Summer Feasts’ have included a BBQ, a curry dinner, and a ‘bring your own’ and now for 2015, something special…
Places will be limited and must be pre-booked; details to follow.

Garden Party







For illustrative purposes only, the Queen is not expected to attend our event!

Boaters Meeting 15th July – “Your Club, Your Committee”

Club News, Events | June 13th, 2015 | No comments yet

Each year the 150 or so members of Bromsgrove Boaters put the running and future success of their club into the hands of a handful of willing volunteers who make up the club committee.

If your not sure who they are, you can find details of the 2015 committee and how to contact them here: Bromsgrove Boaters Committtee 2015

But those committee members don’t necessarily know what the members want from their club, and certainly don’t have a monopoly on good ideas. So this an opportunity for club members to talk informally with committee members, to give their views and opinions on any aspect of the club including sailing venues, dates and costs; training courses; website and communications; the club constitution; and even our evening social meetings like this one!


Bags of Space

Club News | June 11th, 2015 | No comments yet

It is a source of great amazement and amusement to count how many bags some people lug on board when going sailing.bags of space
Even for a weekend.
And we are not talking women here.
Even if it is a well-known fact that we women need lots and lots of stuff when we go anywhere.
For the worst offenders here are male.
And when I talk about bags I am not talking about bags for food and other assorted victuals.
We are talking about the bags used to cart clothes, equipment and other stuff.
My record is 8 bags.
For a weekend.
3 nights.

And when I say my record, this does not mean that I have carried my stuff on board in 8 bags.
This is the number of bags others seem to need for their stuff.
I am not sure that I have got 8 bags of stuff in the rest of my life.
What do people have that needs 8 bags?
How much do they take home un-used, un-sullied, un-opened?
There is a scene in ‘A Bridge too Far’ when a senior officer wonders if he should pack his golf clubs and dinner jacket before he flings himself out of the plane and goes into action.
Is this what people are taking with them on a Boaters Weekend?
Do they think they might get the opportunity for a quick round before dinner?
Or think that dinner might be somewhere incredibly posh and formal instead of in the cramped and casual confines of the saloon?
Are they preparing for all eventualities?

I struggle to fill 2 bags even when I pack in my sleeping equipment.
It is also interesting to see the amazing array of matching and usually non matching luggage into which people stuff their belongings.
Bags of all shapes and sizes.
Square ones, round ones, big ones, small ones, long ones, briefcases, hexagons, pentagons, dodecahedrons (I am sure someone must have one of these).
Plastic bags from all price points of the supermarket spectrum.
Re-usable ones. And the ones that kill the fishes.
Maybe we should think like Ryanair and charge for bags. A great way to boost Boater funds. And to give us all more room on board.

Next time you are out with Boaters, count the number of bags per person on board.
Anyone beat 8?

Captain Ahab


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