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Boatman Bonanza - it's all over... or is it?

by Graeme Oliver 11 Sep 2019 10:59 BST 24-25 August 2019

This event was all about one thing, remembering our friend Martin Boatman who we sadly lost to cancer in January this year. The brief was simple, create a regatta that would celebrate the things that he loved the most, racing, partying and family life. Job done.

While the UK was basking in the late summer heatwave it unfortunately wasn't conducive to a good forecast for the 55 entered for the racing, unfortunately that was the case with only one light air race on Saturday being held.

The race itself was an "interesting" affair with the fleet split between staying out of the tide in the lighter wind and those taking the stronger adverse tide further at the pin end with a little more wind. Cue a drop in the wind even further at the committee boat end and the pin end boys laughing all the way to the bank with some even reaching trapezes, the committee boat end (your author included) taking 4 minutes to clear the startline!

The largest fleet was the Musto Skiff with 22 boats and it was a group of 5 who dominated the race with Jamie Hilton reaching the windward mark first closely followed by Adam Ovington and Ben Schooling.

Just to mix it up the two SB20's of Lee Boatman and Billy Maughan were in the mix of the front group of Mustos and were showing well on handicap along with Honor Fell / Robbie Gilmore and James Plenty / Eddie Grayson in their RS800's. Schooling then pulled through to the lead as the fleet compressed at the leeward mark and the Trotters (Ian and Dan) pulled through to the front group. As the wind started to fade again and eventually shut down almost completely the leaders managed to sneak across the line to take the gun with Schooling taking the win, Lee Boatman (With Jonny Boatman and Tom Dawson) sailing well to take 2nd and Ian Trotter pulling through to take 3rd place.

Off the water it was all about the families, with Magic Mick (not Magic Mike or this would have been a very different write up) entertaining the kids and then followed by paddle-boarding and swimming, they were having a blast. There was even a cake sale organised by the Boatman family which raised over £300 for the charities.

A great night of partying ensued with a live band, food and a serious amount of beer being consumed (must remember to order more Moretti next time, clearly 3 barrels isn't enough!) with in excess of 150 people in the club it was a fantastic party!

Sunday dawned to a millpond, with the windless zone sitting firmly over the UK it was always going to be a struggle to get anything going, that was the case and the sensible decision was taken to abandon for the day and once again the families retired to the each for some paddle-boarding, bouncy castle-ing and beach games

We have been so lucky to have a superb group of sponsors for the event and they provided a vast array of lots for the auction along with prizes for the racing, one of which was a carbon tiller extension from Speed Six which was won by Ben Schooling and immediately donated back to the auction, nice touch Ben!

The main part of this event has been raising money and awareness of four charities, The Bobby Robson Foundation, The Andrew Simpson Foundation, St Benedicts Hospice and the RNLI. In total (and it's still rising) we have raised in excess of £7,000 through donations, the online auction and the cake sail amongst others, you can still donate through

The team at Boatman Bonanza would like to thank all of the sponsors, organisers and helpers for their kind and generous support, without you all this would not have been possible.

Finally, a huge thank you to the Boatman family for indulging Bov and Graeme and putting up with us pestering you all into helping out!

Photos of the event can be found on the Facebook event page and on Tim Olin’s website.

Overall Results:

PosFleetClassSail NoHelmCrewClubPYElapsed
1SingleMusto Skiff544Ben Schooling Stokes Bay84961
2 SB203310Lee BoatmanJonny BoatmanSunderland YC915672
3SingleMusto Skiff546Ian Trotter Derwent Reservoir SC84962.14
4SingleMusto Skiff593Jamie Hilton Aberdeen SC84963.13
5DoubleSB203057Bill MaughanLuke McGillSunderland YC91568.53
6SingleMusto Skiff527Dan Trotter Derwent Reservoir SC84964.57
7SingleMusto Skiff588Adam Ovington  84965.32
8DoubleRS8001138Honor FellRobbie GilmoreQueen Mary SC79962.44
9DoubleRS8001171James PentyEddie GraysonBeaver SC79963.11
10SingleMusto Skiff334Ian Escritt Yorkkshire Dales SC84967.37
11DoubleRS200608Tom ClaytonGabriella VinerYorkshire Dales SC104658.29
12SingleRS Aero2188Mark Addison Upper Thames SC101456.46
13SingleLaser101484Thomas Parkhurst Beaver Sailing Club109962.37
14SingleLaser Radial215303Nick Welbourn  114565.24
15SingleLaser205158James Tulley Yorkshire Dales SC1099633
16DoubleFLYING FIFTEEN3463John ThornleyKeith JamiesonUllswater YC101558.5
17SingleLaser192498Simon Weatherspoon Derwent Reservoir SC109964.55
18DoubleRS2001700Oliver GrovesEsther ParlkhurstBeaver SC104693.59
19DoubleRS8001115Stuart KeeganSophie JohnstonDerwent Reservoir SC104695.1
20SingleMusto Skiff481Josh Moran Ullswater SC84978.25
21DoubleRS2001202Sam WallerRob RichardsonBeaver SC104696.42
22DoubleRS2001536Andrew BrownAlex SutcliffeTynemouth SC1046974
23.5DoubleRS2001571Allan LennoxMeil MandersonHSC104697.31
23.5DoubleRS2001571Alan LennoxNeil MandersonHSC104697.31
25Double470767Graeme RobertsonEmma JoyRoyal Tay YC973627
26SingleRS Aero2684Richard Purdy Kielder Water SC101465.57
27SingleDevoti D‑One5Paul Davis Lymington Town SC948941
28SingleMusto Skiff530Danny Boatman Sunderland YC84957.15
29SingleMusto Skiff287Martin Keegan Derwent Reservoir84989
30DoubleSB203015Dave AtkinsonRoger BaconSunderland YC91597.55
31SingleMusto Skiff549Robbie Wilson Wormit Boating Club849916
32SingleMusto Skiff274Ian Turnbull Ullswater YC84991.33
33DoubleSB203045Ken WardLaura BallSunderland YC91599.44
34SingleMusto Skiff394Nigel Walbank Lymington Town SC849942
35SingleMusto Skiff556Graeme Oliver Wilsonian SC84994.16
36SingleMusto Skiff58Euan Hurter Point Yacht Club84995.28
37SingleMusto Skiff75Callum Escritt Yorkshire Dales SC849977
38SingleMusto Skiff500Tom Conway Derwent Reservoir SC84997.22
39SingleMusto Skiff483John Evans Derwent Reservoir SC84997.24
40SingleMusto Skiff586John McAffee Derwent Reservoir SC84998
41SingleMusto Skiff448Callum Findlay Ullswater SC849985
42SingleMusto Skiff200Kieran Graham Derwent Reservoir SC84998.2
43DoubleRS8001241Steve BrownPhilip Bairstow 79995.49
44SingleLaser173609Richard Clayton Yorkshire Dales SC1099463
45DoubleLaser Radial209216Charlotte Rockett Barns Green1145991
46SingleLaser Radial168898Susan Brown Budworth114599.26
47SingleLaser196529Brad Hilton Derwent Reservoir SC109997.58
48SingleLaser161643Andy Weatherspoon Derwent Reservoir SC109998.26
59DoubleFireball14556John TurleyPhilip WhiteheadYorkshire Dales SC953DNF
59SingleMusto Skiff600Alastair Conn Derwent Reservoir SC849DNF
59SingleMusto Skiff305David Hivey Weymouth Academy849DNF
59DoubleRS4001325Lawrence LoganJames LoganNottinghamshire County942DNF
59DoubleRS800982Neal GibsonKeith MaceyDowns SC799DNF

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