OWNERS ASSOCIATIONS BOATS
Located on the Marina
Hunter Association– Broom Owners Club – Nicholson 32 Association– Old Gaffers Association– Westerly Owners Association
We’re thrilled to have on display at this year’s Show a variety of boats manned by members of five long-established UK owners associations who will be on hand to promote their activities to both their existing membership and a wider boating audience. This is an opportunity to talk to a friendly gathering of experienced sailors who will be happy to not only extol the benefits of their own choice of craft – but also to share their knowledge of boat ownership in general.
Boat: Hunter Channel 323 ‘Vindloni’
The Hunter Association aims to share technical support and experiences and encourage Hunter owners to get together for fun sailing and social events. It is open to anyone who owns, sails or is interested in Hunter Boats.
The Association was established to support the many classes of British Hunter boats which do not have their own class association, whose members are welcome to join us if they wish. Through our website, magazine and our members we provide a valuable support in owning a Hunter boat, wherever members are based.
BROOM OWNERS CLUB
BROOM OWNERS CLUB
Boat: Broom 424 ‘Quantum Leap’
The Broom Owners Club (BOC) has about 440 members’ boats from across the UK, Ireland and Europe. The club is organised into mooring regions and most activities take place through these. The main national event, the AGM weekend, is held in mid-October in a different region each year. The BOC is administered by a committee and representatives from the regions. Much of the clubs’ communication is carried out through the BOC’s own website including the forum, and a Facebook page that is open solely to members. The twice-yearly magazine contains a range of articles including technical advice and cruising information.
OLD GAFFERS ASSOCIATION
Boat: 1936 Gaff Cutter ‘Wendy May’
The OGA was set up in 1963 to preserve our distinctive traditional rig and characterful old boats, but now gaff rigged boats are being built again using traditional methods, some with modern materials. With the current love of all things “retro”, gaffers are more popular than ever. We work to encourage interest in gaff, lug and spritsail rig but we welcome all types of boats and their owners as long as they share our enthusiasm for those traditional rigs. Our events include weekend sails in local waters, longer family orientated cruises in the summer, barbecues on beaches, musical evenings on board and racing.
NICHOLSON 32 ASSOCIATION
Boat: 1974 Nicholson 32 ‘Nicola Deux’
The Nicholson 32 Association is run for the members by the members. Its main aim is to foster mutual help with advice and guidance on maintaining our boats. We are connected across the world by a members’ web site, private email list and traditional methods of correspondence. With nearly 400 Nicholson 32 yachts being built over the past 50 years she has come to be appreciated as a real classic design for serious cruising sailors. Appearing at the Show is Tony Curphey and his yacht Nicola Deux on which he recently returned to be acclaimed as the oldest sailor to complete a solo non-stop 30,000 mile circumnavigation.
WESTERLY OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Boat: Westerly Konsort ‘Katy’
The Westerly Owners’ Association (WOA) is the largest yacht owners’ association with over 3000 members and still growing. Full Membership is open to owners and Associate membership is open to prospective owners and to anyone with an interest in things Westerly. WOA provides a full range of support for members. Our website provides membership services including a Boats for Sale section, an active forum and access to technical information and supplier discounts (including an insurance scheme). Local area groups organise meets on and off the water and provide a social way of meeting other owners.