Mike Balmforth is praised for giving a 'lifetime of dedication to the marine industry'

Tributes have been paid to yachting

journalist Mike Balmforth who has sadly passed away following a long-term illness.

Mr Balmforth was a popular Practical Boat

Owner contributor who was best known for his active maritime contributions north of the border.

The British Marine Federation praised Mr Balmforth, the BMF Scotland President, for giving a ‘life

time contribution to the marine industry and the promotion of sailing and

boating in Scotland’.

Mr Balmforth’s career experience spanned

yacht broking, marine equipment distribution and journalism. 

In recent years, Mr Balmforth had

spearheaded the drive to raise the profile of the industry and boating in the

Scottish Parliament and was the architect of the establishment of a Cross Party

Group on Recreational Boating & Marine Tourism in the Holyrood Parliament.

At a Management Board meeting, BMF National

President, Mike Cook paid tribute to the contribution that Mike Balmforth made

to the BMF both nationally and in Scotland. 

He said that since joining the Board in

2009, Mike had always made a considered contribution and provided wise counsel. 

He concluded the Mike was a rational,

sensible and thoroughly nice man who would be greatly missed by his Management

Board colleagues.

The Yachting Journalist Association (YJA) described

Mr Balmforth as ‘an active and highly regarded member of the YJA Committee for

many years’.

Mr Balmforth died on Sunday December 2, after suffering from poor health over

the last couple of years. 

Mr Balmforth’s funeral will be held at 3pm

on Thursday, December 13 at Greenock Crematorium, 1 South Street,

Greenock, PA16 8UG and there will be a gathering afterwards at the Royal

Gourock Yacht Club.