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Boaters Meeting – Wednesday 17th Oct 2018 – Royal Navy “Protecting our interests, keeping the world’s sea lanes open”

Club News, Events | August 28th, 2018 | No comments yet

With Trafalgar Day almost here, the Royal Navy’s presentation team are coming to Bromsgrove Boaters to update us on what’s changed since 21 October 1805.

The team, all of whom have had recent front line experience, will describe how the six fighting arms of the modern Royal Navy operate around the globe, either as individual units or collectively as a Task Group, in order to protect our interests and to ensure that the world’s sea trading routes are kept open.

An enduring set of standards, values, customs and traditions continues to underpin the Royal Navy’s commitment, but what does the future hold?

Come along and find out from the Officers, Sailors and Royal Marines who are your Royal Navy.


Boaters Meeting – Wednesday 19th Sept 2018 ***Cancelled***

Club News, Events | August 28th, 2018 | No comments yet

Jonty Pearce “Sailing to St Kilda”  – Cancelled due to Venue.

The most remote part of the UK, St Kilda lies in the North Atlantic 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. Not an island at all, but an archipelago comprising the islands of Hirta, Soay, Boreray and assorted other rocks, its exceptional cliffs and sea stacs form the most important seabird breeding station in Europe. The evacuation of its native population in 1930 brought to a close an extraordinary story of survival; it was estimated that each person on St Kilda ate 115 fulmars each year and the St Kildans were known to eat puffins as a snack! No Walkers crisps there!

One of only 24 global locations to be awarded ‘mixed’ World Heritage Status for its natural and cultural significance, St Kilda’s population now comprises just 15 staff manning an MoD radar tracking station for the missile range on Benbecula, Outer Hebrides. And an increasing number of fulmars, puffins, gannets, skuas, kittiwakes, etc!

Sailing to St Kilda can be a tricky business given the Scottish / North Atlantic weather (and missiles whizzing overhead!?) and, when you get there, the only two possible anchorages are problematic to say the least. It’s recommended that you carry at least two anchors! Jonty has been there, done that, and will tell us all about it.

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Boaters Meeting – Wednesday 20th June 2018 – Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager

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

Marking of lobster pots, red diesel, Brexit, wind farms, Skipper licensing, boat registration, safety afloat, disposal of flares, Brexit, invasive species and other environmental concerns – just a handful of the issues of interest (and influence) for RYA. Did I mention Brexit?

Stuart Carruthers, and Engineer by training, and his team are involved in consultation and representation of RYA’s (and the recreational boating community’s) interests in a wide range of regulatory and technical matters, but also they provide an advice service directly to members on just about anything; boat buying and VAT, foreign cruising requirements, safety equipment, to name but a few.

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Boaters Meeting – Wednesday 16th May 2018 – RNLI “Saving lives at sea since 1824”

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

“As seen on TV”

We all know the RNLI (some of us, more so than we’d like to admit,) but do you know what goes on behind the scenes?

Working alongside the Coastguard and other organisations to educate, influence, supervise and rescue those at risk of drowning;  relying on volunteers and supporters to run the lifesaving services – ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

And what’s new?  Having pioneered developments in lifesaving at sea since 1824, RNLI now is finding new ways to save lives through innovation, data analysis, and new technology.



Boaters Club Directors & Commitee 2019

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

Following the AGM on the 21st November 2018, we are pleased to announce that the Clubs Directors & Committee for 2019 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.

Paul Sharpe.

Club Commodore & Webmaster

Peter Davies


 Trevor Rackley

Trevor Rackley

Club Secretary

 Simon Holloway

Simon Holloway

Shorebased Training Coordinator

Ralph Gordon

Social & Events Secretary

George Gerwitz

Cruising Secretary


Simon Holloway

Simon Holloway

Membership Secretary

Charles Hessey

Charles Hessey

Safety Officer



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