This section contains information on our national events, such as the annual AGM weekend, and our representation at Boat Shows. For information about events in your region, please visit the regional pages, or contact your regional coordinator via the Committee page.

2021 and 2022 National Events

AGM 2021 to be held by Zoom video-conference

This last year, with a variety of COVD restrictions still in place, has proved challenging for many people and has impacted on the Club’s regional and national events. In particular, the difficult decision the committee had to make that, due to the financial risks, the AGM weekend which was to have been held at Dunston Hotel, Norwich, Norfolk would be cancelled and the AGM business meeting would be carried out entirely by a video-conference. It is hoped that we can return to Norfolk in 2023. 

AGM 2022 arrangements 

Plans are already in hand for next year’s AGM weekend at the:

 Royal Beach Hotel, Portsmouth 21st – 23rd October 2022

A £500 non-refundable deposit has been paid to secure the dates and the necessary accommodation, including conference facilities.

Details about the organisation for the weekend will be discussed by the committee at its April 2022 meeting and will be published on the web-site and in the Spring edition of Sweeping Statements.

Southampton International Boat Show 10th – 19th September 2021

In August, I was contacted by a representative from British Marine, offering BOC a free exhibition berth at this year’s show. I provisionally accepted this offer and named the Broom 425 Quantum Leap, owned by John and myself, as a possible vessel. I also began to prepare a draft roster of helpers to cover each day of the event. When the Exhibitor COVID-19 Guidance was published, it became apparent that ensuring the requirements for: regular Lateral Flow Testing security checks; exhibition layout arrangements; cleaning and ventilation procedures, could not realistically be met by John and I, as the lead exhibitors. Therefore, with reluctance and in consultation with those members who had kindly volunteered to help, we decided to withdraw from this year’s show.

I have been assured by British Marine that BOC will remain on the exhibitors’ invitation list for the 2022 show, when I hope the Club will be able to participate.

It was with great sadness that I learned of the untimely death in May 2021 of John Goode, Nautical Adviser to the National Boat Shows.

For more than decade, John was a close friend and supporter of the BOC. It was thanks to his influence with British Marine, that each year, the Club was offered a free exhibition space at the London Boat Show and in 2019 and 2021, a berth at the Southampton International Boat Show.

John is greatly missed by all in the marine industry who knew him and the Club has lost a true friend who championed the cause of dedicated boaters, such as our members.

I have sent a letter of condolence on behalf of the BOC to John’s widow, Rossie. 



Gill Oldham, National Events Co-ordinator

BOC 2020 AGM arrangements under review!

BOC Social weekend 2020 cancelled

On 20th July, following a Zoom BOC committee meeting, Peter Bentley. the Chairman informed members by E-mail of the decision taken at that meeting. The text appears below.

Over the next weeks, committee will consider the options to ensure that members are given the usual opportunities to have their views heard and choices responded to. Further information will be posted when it becomes available, but in the meantime be aware that this is likely to involve full use of the postal the  'postal/Electronic' opportunities already in place and the use of the now-familiar videoconferencing systems! The Club is well-placed to keep in touch with members by means of IT, and will keep in touch!                                                                                                 John Oldham


Dear All

The Committee held a Zoom meeting on the 18th July at which we discussed the situation regarding the social weekend in Portsmouth with regard to the Covoid 19 restrictions likely to be in place at that time. Gill Oldham has been in discussions with the Royal Beach Hotel and they are unable to make a firm decision on what they could offer us until the 31st August, based on the social distancing rules that may or may not be in place at that time. Therefore, we regretfully agreed to cancel the social weekend in 2020, but would discuss with the hotel the possibility of making a revised booking for October 2022. This being the earliest we could revisit Portsmouth since we are already committed to holding the 2021 social weekend at Dunston Hall in Norwich.

We appreciate that we are committed by the constitution to holding some form of AGM in October or November. Therefore, our current plans are to prepare the Annual Report, seek nominations for the committee and send out the usual voting papers in advance, for those wishing to avail themselves of a postal or e-mail vote. The timetable may vary, but this is exactly the same as we have always done in preparation for the AGM. Where we will differ is that we are considering setting up sections on the web forum for those who have any questions that may arise from the annual report. In addition, we are looking at the feasibility of setting up a Zoom tele-conference for those who may wish to interrogate the committee in person or, as is usually the case in the second half of the AGM, raise any subjects about the running of the club they consider are important.

Whatever is decided we hope that you will continue to support the BOC and take an active role in the running of the club and look forward to a full programme of events in 2021.


 Peter Bentley

BOC Chairman

AGM York 2018

AGM York 2018

The 14th AGM in 2018 will be held at the Park Inn by Radisson in York on the weekend of the 19th – 21st October, hosted by the Central Region. This modern hotel is situated on the banks of the River Ouse in the centre of York. All the major attractions within York are within walking distance, making this an ideal venue for those wishing to make the most of their time here.

The weekend will follow the usual format with a drinks reception and meal on the Friday night for those making the most of the opportunities. During the day on Saturday you will be free to explore your selected sites before returning to the hotel and preparing for the gala dinner during the evening. The Sunday morning will be devoted to the AGM before Sunday lunch for those wishing to delay their return home. You are welcome to extend your stay and we will arrange accommodation for the Sunday night for those who wish to do so.


The booking packs are about to be distributed but for anybody who can't open them they are attached HERE.


For details of the various attractions go to

Peter Bentley

Tel:                  07802751160


AGM booking details

Moorings at Bisham AbbeyBookings are now open for this year's AGM event which will take place in the historic surroundings of Bisham Abbey. The riverside setting gives us the opportunity to offer the option for members to arrive by boat and moorings are available on site at Bisham Abbey Sailing School. 

As usual throughout the weekend there will be plenty of opportunities to catch up with old friends as well as to make new ones, so don't be put off if you haven't been before or are new to the club. 

Full details of the programme and accommodation are available in the booking pack

Read more: AGM booking details

Bisham Abbey AGM weekend

Friday 16th-Sunday 18th October 2015

Bisham AbbeyPlans for this year's AGM weekend were progressed at the recent committee meeting and we are delighted to present another fabulous event at the prestigous Bisham Abbey venue near Marlow. We will use their Great hall function suite for our gala dinner on Saturday evening and have access to their world class fitness facilities during the course of the weekend. 

Read more: Bisham Abbey AGM weekend

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