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 18th April 2018 – “Erskine Childers – Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Gun-Runner” by Dick Durham

Club News, Events | April 7th, 2018 | No comments yet

Dick Durham returns to Boaters after last year giving us his “Confessions of a Cruising Correspondent”. This time he’ll be talking about the extraordinary life of Erskine Childers.
Childers picked up the fundamentals of seamanship as a deckhand on his friend’s yacht, before buying his own “scrubby little yacht”, which he learned to sail alone on the Thames estuary. He quickly moved on to a succession of bigger and better boats; crossing the Channel and then cruising the Frisian Islands and the Baltic.
These were the adventures he was to fictionalise in 1903 as his most acclaimed novel “The Riddle of the Sands” which combined sailing a small boat through hazardous waters with pre-war intrigue and threats to the nation. It has been called ‘the first spy novel’ and it influenced other writers including John Buchan (“The Thirty-Nine Steps”) and Eric Ambler (“The Cruel Sea” and “A Night to Remember” screenplays). Winston Churchill credited it as a major reason that the Admiralty decided to establish naval bases at Invergordon, Rosyth, and Scapa Flow.
Childers’ extensive writing also included his experiences serving with the Honorable Artillery Company in the Boer War, before his return to London and transfer to the fledgling Royal Air Force.
Initially an ardent patriot, over time Childers’ lost his support for the British Empire and he became a leading role in the Irish revolution, and in 1914 he was caught smuggling guns and ammunition to the Irish Volunteers aboard his yacht ‘Asgard’.
Dick himself worked his way through a succession of boats, as mate on the Thames sailing barge Cambria, on schooners and a 55ft brigantine before taking up yacht cruising for pleasure and spending 20 years as a journalist on Fleet Street and with CNN before joining Yachting Monthly in 1985.

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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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