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 1.  Wight Rose

Yacht Name:            Lighting Reflex

Length:                    11.6m/38'

Yacht Type:             Reflex 38

IRC Rating:              1.057

Hull Colour:             White

Draught:                  2.3m/7.54'

Sail No:                    GBR7380R

Port of Origin:          Cowes

Tilman Trophy:         No

Geoff West – Skipper

Occupation: Mariner

Age: Ancient

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Geoff is back again having first attempted the race in 1998 only missing four races since then.  His first race win was on his X-99 'Tactix' in 1999, and his 6th and most recent win was in 2014 in his Reflex 38, 'Lightning Reflex'.  He skippered this to the current record time for the race of 2 days 14 hrs 22 mins in 2002

John Donnelly


Age: 74

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

John is a very experienced 3 peaks racer having competed many times and has skippered winning boats in the past.

Phil Downey



Gender: Male


Pete Woodward - Runner





Running – Competitive mountain runner. 4th in the summer Spine race in 2018 (268 miles up the Pennine Way). Regional and county titles at cross country and on the track.

Sailing – In the Solent and Channel. Two handed crew with my father-in-law. He was very much in charge but I am good at doing what I am told and happy to get stuck in.

Cycling – Raced triathlon for Great Britain and have cycled 2,500 miles solo to the Sahara Desert and on to Marrakech.

Rowing – Have raced in a successful eights team.

Pavel Paloncy - Runner

Occupation: Translator


Gender: Male

Nationality: Czech

Pavel Paloncy is a Czech ultra-runner and adventure racer who comes back for his third race with us. His claim to fame in the UK is that he has won the Spine Race twice (the Pennine Way in mid-winter), he does it in about 5 days with 12 hours sleep!

Pavel has been busy competing in Adventure Races and Ultras across the globe from China to Africa, however he has a fondness for the UK and loves our damp climate and our bogs!

Team Comments; Back again!


Firstly, the team name as having chatted with many it became clear that no one understands it. It is meant to reflect that several years ago the team was drawn from two delightful places in the country. The runners from Yorkshire, the white rose county and the sailors from the Isle of Wight. Time has moved on and team members changed but we have not come up with a new name. 


The boat is a regular in the race, having started its 3 peaks career in 2000 it has only missed a couple of races since. It is familiar with the course and the bottom of the keel has several scrapes to prove it.

Geoff West & Alex Pilkington - Three Peaks Yacht Race 2017
Pavel Paloncy - Racing on Wight Rose in the 2019 Three Peak Yacht Race
Pete Woodward - With Wight Rose in the 2019 Three Peaks Yacht Race
Geoff West - Three Peaks Yacht Race
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