Boating and Beer!

No, this was not a photograph of the Bermuda Police Marine Section!   These guys were clearly having a good time, and we asked what they were doing all at sea,  who were they, and where and when was the photo taken?

Well we got all the answers we needed on this one.  The event was one of the first "Non-Mariners Races held in Mangrove Bay, Somerset.  For those of you not aware of it the vessel itself must not in any way resemble a boat;  the first to cross the finish line is automatically disqualified;  and it appears that alcohol is the sole fuel used to power these craft!   Everyone in the photo has been correctly identified, including Brian Malpas who usually considers himself to be a true mariner!  We have established the year as 1974 because one of the non-mariners is Chris Bowerman who came out from the UK in October 1973 (after Cup Match) and left the Force in September the following year.  Chris kindly provided us with the photo and he appears to be under the misapprehension that the boys in blue won the race, but if so they were duly disqualified!  This event is always held on the Sunday of Cup Match weekend so it could only have been 1974.

 Non-Mariners Race, Mangrove Bay, Somerset - 1974  
(left side from front)  Bill Buchanan, Dave Barber and Brian Malpas,
(right side from front) Mike Phillips, Chris Bowerman and Dai Thomas

Editors note - We just received an e-mail from Ann Phillips on behalf of Mike who provided us with the following information:-

I have shown the picture to Michael and he recognizes it as a Non Mariner's Race at Mangrove Bay.  Unfortunately, he does not remember the year.The individuals in the picture are Bill Buchanan, Dave Barber, Brian Malpas,Mike Phillips, Chris Bowerman and Dai Thomas.I hope this helps you out a little. Michael is still struggling with his various health issues and he basicallyis taking one day at a time.


Editors note -  Mike is spot on in identifying our mystery man as Chris Bowerman.  We are sorry to hear about Mike's continuing health issues and will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

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#5 Dai Thomas 2015-06-28 06:17
The names are right, but since the 'craft' could not resemble a boat in anyway, how was it powered ? I can say that it was the mess picnic table. Western entered for at least 4 races that I remember, I'll see if I can find the pictures.
#4 Chris 2013-10-17 06:25
Spot on Mrs Phillips,and it was 1974.

Editors note - Chris is, of course, Chris Bowerman, who served here from October 1973 to September 1974 so this photo had to be taken at Cup Match in 1974.
#3 Terry 2013-10-09 20:46
Had to be early 70's because that's when Dai and Dave were in Western CID.

Editors note - Now that's what we call good detective work from Terry. Just one more clue; the only man not named hailed from Lancashire, he was only with us for a little more than 12 months, and he has recently been featured, including his photograph on our website!

We are going to try to ugrade the quality of the photo so that it is as clear as possible. Let us know if it makes a difference.
#2 Phil Taylor 2013-10-09 15:13
Left Handside from the front: Bill Buchanan, Dave Barber and Brian Malpas, on the right Michael Spurgeon Phillips, is it Jimmy the Wop and Dai Thomas.
Obviously one of the first Non-Mariners Races in Mangrove Bay.

Editors note - You're almost spot on Phil, but that is definitely NOT Jimmy the Wop. How about giving everyone a couple more days to figure out who our last man is. And how about an approximate year?
#1 Terry 2013-10-09 11:17
Looks like one of the Non Mariners races.
I think I see Mike Phillips lower right. Possibly Dave Barber middle left and Di Thomas upper right.
Mangrove bay. Must bee dee Pleece antry.....

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