Mike Broatch


We are sorry to report that Mike Broatch passed away recently in hospital.
Not everyone will have known Mike, but he was a stalwart of the Solo Class for many many years. Sailing on the flash dating back to pre amalgamation days at Lowton sailing club.
When he was not taking an active part in the racing he would often cox the rescue boat and was a highly respected race officer. In earlier years he was also an active instructor and coach.
He and Ken Lawrenson did safety pretty much every weekend for the Tipsy Icicle series until about 6 years ago when health problems forced him to hang up his sailing boots.
However, he still maintained a connection with the club turning up on Sunday to watch and give sound advice ( and friendly abuse) to Solo sailors.
He was also, in his younger days a keen biker with a particular interest in classic motorcycles. In recent years he rode a Harley.
Many of us will remember Mike’s warm friendly welcome to the club on the foreshore when we were new members, often followed by helpful verbal advice about following the rules of sailing once on the water, especially if you were in his way.
He was a true Character, the likes of which we unfortunately don’t see so often nowadays. Everyone who knew him in sailing will have an anecdote relating to Mike on the water. His real Character was his determination to keep sailing competitively despite advancing years up to his 80s. Setting a fine example to all of us with dodgy knees and joints.

The Funeral took place on Wednesday 13 Dec 2023. Donations to the RAF Benevolent Fund may be made in memory of Mike via https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mike-broatch-llsc

We extend our sympathy to his family.
He will be sadly missed by us all.