This site was originally created to document the cruising adventures of the superbly-equipped Broom Ocean 42, Lady Martina, from 2002-2007 with its former crew of David Broad and Louise Busby as it cruised many thousands of nautical miles and toured the coasts and inland waterways of Eastern and Southern Britain and the Channel Islands; France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and, particularly the Netherlands, which were, and still are, particularly accessible from the base in Horning on the Norfolk Broads. It was then continued under the authorship of its skipper and with the encouragement and help of its new enthusiastic mate, Kathleen Waite, whose first request would be, 'Can we visit the Channel Islands' and so the story continued...
For news of Lady Martina's recent 2015 passages visit http://www.ladymartina.com/cruise-logs/2014-4/east-coast-cruises-3
For news of Lady Martina's recent 2016 passages visit http://www.ladymartina.com/cruise-logs/2016/east-coast-cruises-9
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The original design and pages were maintained to chronicle these ports and destinations and the many and varied photographs taken. The detailed and comprehensive passage plans and detailed logs written led to many instructional lectures and boating magazine articles being requested to inform and educate other about these experiences. Also to the authors founding the Broom Owners Club. During winter periods of lay up based at Limehouse in Docklands, the crew were available to The Cruising Association where David assisted with the incorporation and development of this historically significant organisation as one of its first Directors and Louise assisted with its website and became the Dutch and Belgium regional editor for the CA/Imray Almanac.
This eventually led to the authorship of the standard Imray publication on 'The Inland Waterways of the Netherlands' which remains as the only authoritative work in the English language on the whole of the Dutch network of meres, rivers and canals that represent this wonderful venue for cruising enthusiasts. After that the two co-authors took 'separate tides'. Louise bought her own vessel Lady Alison, a Broom 35 Sedan, which she moored in Brundall for a while until she settled and David still cruises in Lady Martina, initially on the Broads with friends and family from his Horning base, and became a key figure in the Broads Authority, serving as a Member and Vice Chairman of its governing board and Chairman of its Navigation Committee. Following his retirement, he then resumed his passion for off-shore cruising with his new and enthusiastic partner Kathleen Waite, recently retired also.
The Lady Martina story continues here with David and Kathleen's more recent cruising adventures first around the Broads and nearby East Coast ports and then, more ambitiously, towards the South Coast, Channel Islands and coastal resorts of France, this time with David at the helm of both the vessel and this web site and Kathleen operating the camera shutters! For 2016, this year's plan is to visit The Netherlands for the cruising season after a refit and service at Brooms in Brundall.
For information on the Broom Owners Club visit www.broomowners.com, and for information on the 'Inland Waterways of the Netherlands' (available this year as a 2nd Edition), visit www.dutchwaterways.net. For more information about David's life and times, visit http://www.davidabroad.com/ and on the Cruising Association (for which David remains as its Honorary Local Representative for Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and The Broads) visit www.cruising.org.uk
The latest people that we met and who took an interest in our voyages; firstly a lovely local Dutch couple who moved from Amsterdam to Monnickendam to raise their children in a more rural setting. She is a journalist and he a sports trainer and they thought our ensign was from New Zealand! Sadly, we did not get their names.... : Secondly, the very thoughtful and devoted helper in Broek in Waterland who was manning St Nicholas Protestant Church this Sunday. His helpful guidance concerning the history of the settlement and the church was matched only by his very perceptive take on modern life and human nature. Thankfully, he had detected a movement back to social values and caring for each other as a welcome relief from the modern self-centred and pre-occupied society. Some very uplifting experiences!!. Then in Edam, Max was ashore tethered in the shade and we attracted the interest of another friendly local man, Jack, who came over and chatted and later invited us over for drinks with his wife Katrina. He also retired, like me, at 37.
Thanks for reading :)