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Social Calendar 2023-24

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Photo Competition 2023

Club News, Photo Galleries | December 18th, 2023 | No comments yet

On 13 December we held our annual photo competition. This is always an opportunity to see where members have sailed, with the club or otherwise, and what they’ve seen. Photos can be scenic, sunsets, action, relaxation, wildlife, basically anything maritime taken in the last year.  Members can enter up to four photos.

The winners, first second and third, are decided by the members attending on the night who can vote for up to 5 photos that they like the most. For the record, as it came up so we democratically decided it,  people are not allowed to vote for their own photos.   There are no preset judging criteria, the winners are simply the ones liked by the most people.

This year we added a further twist. All the photographers were listed and one photo from each was included in a shortened selection; those present then had to guess the photographer and the one who identified the most also won prize.

14 members submitted 46 photos (same as last year) in total. We show the winners first below, then scroll down to see all the entries

The honours went to:
First: Flying The Blues – Sian Brewster
Sian Brewster - Flying The Blues
















Second: Merlin Rockets On The Start Line At Salcombe – Trish Lloyd
Trish Lloyd - Merlin Rockets On The Start Line at Salcombe












Third: Corfu – Charles Hessey
Charles Hessey - Corfu











Trish Lloyd - Kocabahce near Bosborum, Turkey




The rest of the entries:

Trevor Rackley A sunny sail to Cowes

Trevor Rackley - Tucked in tight at Hamble

Trevor Rackley - It's not always sunny on the Med

Trevor Rackley - A boat full of Boaters

Simon Holloway - Sunset at Wells-Next-The-Sea

Simon Holloway - Drascombe Rally In The Marshes at Wells-Next-The Sea

Simon Holloway - Old Gaffers On Ullswater

Sian Brewster- Sunset


Sian Brewster - The Winning Team

Sian Brewster - Bimini Atoll


Roland O'Connor - Shallow Approach


Richard Formaston - Scotch Mist Richard Formaston - Red Sky At Night, Well You Know The Rest Richard Formaston - No Buoys, No Problem, Just Follow The Light! Ralph Evans -There's always another job to do! Ralph Evans -Spot the lighthouse

Ralph Evans -Happy Boaters Ralph Evans - Not A Cloud In The Sky Keith Grimshaw - Start Line Keith Grimshaw - Flying Along! Jill Phillips - Typical Greek Scenery

Jill Phillips - The Golden Man of Menai Jill Phillips - Spring Sailing Spirit Jill Phillips - Drying Time Greg Croydon Trainee Helm Greg Croydon Is my fender big enough

Greg Croydon - Studying the way home Greg Croydon - Behind you... Esther Rackley - I'm sure it was down there somewhere Esther Rackley Ali Baba's restaurant Chris Palmer HM Coastguard's Vic D relaxing on hoiday

Chris Palmer - Trying to sneak past Chris Palmer - Magicing up some fish Chris Palmer - Cool Britannia! Charles Hessey - Lighthouse in Roscoff

Charles Hessey - BB Crew Hanging On In F6-7 Alan Gilmour - Row the Boat Ashore Alan Gilmour - Lights out Alan Gilmour - Greece is the word Alan Gilmour - Go West

Boaters Club Directors and Committee 2023-24

Club News | December 5th, 2023 | No comments yet

Meet the  club’s directors & committee for 2023-24  below.  Most committee members are taking on more than one role due to the lack of volunteers  – if you think you can help, please contact the committee.

 Chris Palmer 2019 (4)

Chris Palmer

Club Commodore


Chris has been cruising since the 90s, mainly
in the Blackwater in Essex, where he owned
his own boat for a while, but also on the south coast, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Mediterranean.  He is an RYA
Coastal Skipper and has been in Boaters since 2016.


 Charles Hessey

Charles Hessey

Cruising Secretary and Safety Officer

Charles has been sailing for 15 years plus, regularly covering over 1000 Nm a year. He  is a skipper for BB charter weekends and has organised Corfu charter trips.  While he does race his own boat he admits to rarely troubling the podium in regatta sailing, unless it is in his home waters, but do ask him about the  major trophy he won when the wind really blew in his favour!


Esther Rackley

Social Secretary



 Roland O'Connor

Roland O’Connor

Membership Secretary and Shore-based
Training Coordinator


Trevor Rackley


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