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'Boat Around Britain' Challenge Completed by Gosport Berth Holders


Gosport Marina berth holder Phil Davies and lifelong friend Nigel Boutwood have completed their gruelling journey around the UK on behalf of their two chosen charities; Charlie’s Challenge Raising Funds for Brain Tumour Research and Prostate Cancer UK. Nigel’s son Charlie, to whom Phil is godfather, survived a brain tumour at 18 months old, and the charity is something incredibly close to their hearts, aiming to help others in a similar situation and give them the best possible chance to survive.

The pair circumnavigated (anti-clockwise) the Island of Great Britain in Phil’s Rhea 850 Timonier named ‘Start Me Up’. Start Me Up is 8.5m long, has 4 berths and reaches speeds of up to 28 knots whilst offering excellent passage in choppy seas as the pair were able to experience first-hand on their excursion!

Phil and Nigel’s journey began on Friday 17th May 2019 from Gosport Marina, with their first leg of the journey taking them to Premier’s Eastbourne Marina. From here they made their way around to Ramsgate and headed north along the east coast before rounding the coast of Scotland, which proved to be the most challenging part of their journey with the inconsistent weather in June providing a stern test for both boat and crew.

They then headed down to Ireland taking a 10 day break at Bangor Marina before taking on the East Coast of Ireland tackling the Irish Sea and then the Bristol Channel and down to Padstow. They then rounded Lands’ End and, after a night at Premier’s Falmouth Marina, set off on the home straight along the South Coast and back to base at Gosport Marina on Thursday 18th July.

See more great stories from their passage or donate to their chosen charities by visiting their website http://boataroundbritain.co.uk/. A huge congratulations from all at Premier Marinas to Phil and Nigel on completing this challenge and on behalf of such great causes!