Boaters Club Directors & Commitee 2018

Club News | January 19th, 2018 | No comments yet

Following the AGM on the 16th November, we are pleased to announce that the Clubs Directors & Committee for 2018 were elected as below.

There are a number of positions that remain vacant on the commitee due to the lack of volunteers this year – if you think you can help, please contact the committee.

Position not filled.

Club Commodore

Paul Sharpe

Paul Sharpe


 Trevor Rackley

Trevor Rackley

Club Secretary


Situation Vacant – Volunteer Required

Shorebased Training Coordinator

Esther Rackley

Esther Rackley

Social & Events Secretary, Librarian

Tony Martin

Tony Martin

Cruising Secretary & Webmaster

Trish Lloyd

Trish Lloyd

Membership Secretary

Charles Hessey

Charles Hessey

Safety Officer


2018 Sailing Dates Announced

Club News | November 5th, 2017 | No comments yet

As requested at the recent ‘Meet Your Committee’ event, we have published the 2018 sailing dates so you can plan your sailing year ahead!

Dates and links to book are published on the sailing page, which can be reached via the link below: Boaters Sailing Events 2018

For further details, contact the Cruising Secretary via Email:


Boaters Members Handbook

Club News, Useful Resources | September 8th, 2017 | No comments yet

We are pleased to announce that an updated version of the members handbook is now available!

The members handbook may be downloaded via the following link:

Boaters Members Handbook – Issue 1.1


Boaters Meeting – Wednesday 21st March 2018 – “Man is Not Lost” by Tom Cunliffe

Events | January 27th, 2018 | No comments yet

TOM_CUNLIFFE_MUG_2010_SQUARETom Cunliffe returns to Bromsgrove Boaters to give us more of his sailing experiences, wisdom, and humour.  Tom is a writer (“The Complete Day Skipper”, “The Complete Ocean Skipper”, “Shell Channel Pilot” and many more), journalist (“Yachting Monthly” and others), broadcaster (“The Boats that Built Britain”, “Island Race” and more), and a keen motor-biker but, most of all he is – and always has been – a fanatical yachtsman.

His current yacht is ‘Constance’, a classic Mason 44, that is his first fibreglass boat, the first with in-boom furling, and…

‘Man is Not Lost’ is about the development and safe use of navigational electronics.

This talk combines a mix of yarns and solid information and is a friendly and irreverent look at the changes many of us have seen from the early 1970s when Tom found Barbados after 42 days at sea with no chart at all – just a lat/long position, a sextant and his grandfather’s pocket watch – to current chart plotters that sometimes manage to lead us astray.

To be honest, Tom could talk for an hour on the subject of ‘lying at anchor’ and we’d all be well entertained.  If you’ve not read any of his books or his regular contributions to Yachting Monthly, then you’re missing half the fun of sailing.

Boaters Meeting – Wednesday 21st February 2018 – Pub Dinner

Events | January 27th, 2018 | No comments yet


Following the success of the Pub Dinner in 2016 and 2017, this year we will again hold it on our regular Wednesday social evening.

The venue will again be the ‘Ewe and Lamb’ in  Hanbury, where the private function room caters for around 30.

The precise menu selection won’t be available until the event, but the Ewe and Lamb’s sample menus all have a wide variety, including vegetarian option, and are great value.

Advance booking via WebCollect is required:

Click here to Book Now!

Pub DinnerEwe & Lamb



Boaters Event Calendar 2018

Club News, Events | January 1st, 2017 | No comments yet

The Boaters 2018 Event Calendar can be downloaded here: BB 2018 Events Calendar


Watchkeeping safety – use of VHF radio and AIS

The MCA have recently issued updated guidelines on the use VHF and specifically on the reliance on AIS within effective watchkeeping.

This is sumarised within the following RYA article and it is recomended reading for all club members:

Watchkeeping safety – use of VHF radio and AIS





Captain Ahab: For those in peril….

Club News | September 27th, 2016 | No comments yet

I recently watched on the Goggle-box a truly amazing, awe inspiring series of programmes.

And no it was not the Rio Olympics.rnli

It was not even the Rio Paralympics.

But about a group of ordinary people doing ordinary jobs who abandon whatever they are doing and leg it to the water’s edge whenever their bleeper starts to bleep.

For this was a documentary series about those work for the RNLI.

And when I say work, I mean those people who put their lives in peril at sea for those whose lives are already in peril.

They choose to do this.

And for this they don’t get paid.

Not a brass farthing.

Diddly squat.



Indeed it was so amazing that if I was a few years younger, well quite a few actually; a whole lot braver; a far better sailor; and lived far far closer to the water’s edge, I might have been beating a path to my local RNLI to ask how to join up.

As Boaters we all know how unpredictable the sea and winds can be.

And some of us will even know that even the best maintained boat can let us down from time to time.

Stuff happens

And when it does even the most experienced sailor may require the services of the RNLI.

Even Boaters.

But too often as the programme showed the bleepers went off to help eejits.

Usually with drink involved. Or drugs. Or just plain stupidity.

It seems that there is a fast chunk of the land lubbing population who have forgotten as we have evolved from water inhabiting creatures to a race that belongs on land, that H2O is dangerous.

And that if you have an IQ in double digits you should stay wall away from where the land meets the water.

Eeejits, in other words.

But to the brave boys and girls of the RNLI, even an eejit’s life is still worth saving.

Even an eejit’s life is still worth putting your own neck on the line for.

Not sure I could be as sanguine.

They don’t judge.

They just go about their business saving lives.

And that is why after every trip I make a donation to continue the work of the RNLI.

You never know when you just might need them.

Even eejits.

Captain Ahab



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