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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.  He is an RYA
Coastal Skipper and has been in Boaters since 2016.


 Charles Hessey

Charles Hessey

Cruising Secretary and Safety Officer


Esther Rackley

Social Secretary



 Roland O'Connor

Roland O’Connor

Membership Secretary and Shore-based
Training Coordinator


Trevor Rackley


Wednesday 18 October – Tom Cunliffe – “The Life And Times Of The Shell Channel Pilot”

Club News | August 2nd, 2023 | No comments yet

An evening with Tom Cunliffe, who will be presenting on “The Life and Times Shell Channel Pilot”,   which he now edits and which is a must-have for boats located along the South Coast!!

Tom Cunliffe

We love Tom, and he speaks nicely of us, too!  Thanks to Mick Pickersgill for facilitating this event!

This event is free for Boaters members, and we are charging just the standard £5 for visitors coming to the talk, cash on the door please.

Members and visitors may come to the talk only on the day without booking.

We have finalised meal orders with the Rugby club and no more can be taken.

Doors open at 7pm, Food served from 7:15, talk 8pm approx.

7.30 Wed 18 October, Bromsgrove Rugby Club B60 3DH

If you have any queries please contact Chris Palmer, Treasurer,


Social Evening – Wednesday 19 April – Rodney Paul: Sir Ernest Shackleton

Club News | April 3rd, 2023 | No comments yet

The Antarctic Adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton 

7.30 Wed 19 April 2023, Bromsgrove Rugby Club B60 3DH
Members: Free; Visitors £3 (Cash only)

Rodney Paul at Shackleton's Grave













Rodney Paul at Shackleton’s Grave

This presentation is about the heroic adventures of one of the world’s greatest ever explorers. It provides an account of the various expeditions that Sir Ernest Shackleton undertook to the Antarctic. He was an inspirational leader; determined to succeed even under the harshest of conditions but was never afraid of admitting defeat, if the welfare of his men was at risk. He led the infamous Endurance Expedition to the Antarctic which resulted in an open boat journey across the most hostile ocean in the world. Shackleton inspired his men like no other explorer of his time.
Shackleton is my personal hero and although I am by no means an expert on his explorations, I will bring his endeavours to life by recounting his exploits through photographs and stories. I’ve visited the Antarctic twice and have been to South Georgia where he is buried.


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