The RNLI saves lives at sea.

Appreciation For Rona Bowman By Steve Rawlinson

My first memory of Rona was in a whaler off of Discovery in 1968. We used to row for a spell and then move forward one place, the prime spot being lookout in the bows. On this occasion it was a wet and miserable day but on moving into the bows, there was Rona snugly under a tarpaulin, which she was only too happy to share with everyone. Her forethought and selfless care for others was evident from an early age.

When I came back to sailing after a break, who was there to take me out for Coastal Skipper practice on "Tipsy B"? The everdependable Rona, her infectious enthusiasm still to the fore.

When I was organising the bookings and afterguard for DSP, as mentioned by David Bowers I asked her if she would go as Mate on a trip from Holyhead. Not a problem for her, water and youngsters and she was away! David called me up asking who this Rona was! I left him in no doubt that he was a very lucky Skipper to have Rona on board!

When I needed a Skipper for the Island Youth Afloat weekend, Rona was always my first port of call – it was right up her street taking bunches of IoW youngsters out for a couple of hours in the Solent – this was repeated all weekend. Many Skippers would hate doing this, new crews every two hours - not our Rona!

A sad loss to all those who knew her.

Added on: 8 March 2008


Obituary Links

Appreciations and tributes

Add your tributes

If you would like to add a tribute to Rona Bowman, please use the link below and follow the instructions provided.

Charity Information


The RNLI is a charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland.

As a charity, the RNLI relies on your support to carry on saving lives at sea.