9. Jumpa Lagi
Yacht Name : Jumpa Lagi
Length: 12.1m / 39.7 feet
Yacht Type: Bermudian Sloop
IRC Rating: 1.212
Hull Colour: White
Draught: 9.8 feet / 3m
Sail No: GBR6841R
Port of Origin: Dartmouth
Tilman Trophy: No
Team Jumpa Lagi comprises of 3 sailors with a total of 20 3 Peaks races between them (most accredited to Dave!) and 2 fit young newcomers on their first outing who are using the race as a warm up for their first Ultra Marathon in July!
We are raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of runner Will Thornton's Father who sadly passed away recently from the disease. All donations most gratefully received on the following links:
Steve Robinson – Skipper
Occupation: Delivery Skipper/Sailing Instructor (Part Time)
YM Ocean, commercial endorsement, cruising instructor.
Skippered 5 previous 3PYR attempts between 2000 and 2008, so still a relative novice.
Previous winner of both the Last Inn cup and the Kamminga Cloggs. Have completed one of the mountain sections (Ben Nevis in 2007) but sadly those days are long gone!
Looking forward to another attempt, although Jumpa Lagi’s 3 Metre draft will add a different dimension to this year’s race!
Dave Bird - Crew
Occupation: Kitchen & Bathroom Fitter
Dave Bird has competed in the race 14 times. The first time he did the race was so long ago he can’t remember the year, let alone the date. The boat he sailed, Shefever, a She 32, came last. But what an enjoyable experience. It was the last year the race used Ravenglass as the stop for Scafell.
Dave joined the Three Peaks Yacht Race committee that year and the following year marshaled on Ben Nevis. (He was Race Director last year.) On a morning 'off duty’ Dave walked the Ben and at the bottom of the zigzags Dave met Darren an ex-Para who was a keen runner. Dave kept in touch and Darren told a friend, John, another ex-Para who then joined the team.
The following year Dave, and his friend Ian, went all out to get a boat that was capable of getting a good position in the race. The boat was a new Reflex 38, sponsored by Charter Continuum a computer software company. The team was joined by another Barmouth local, Martin Parouti. The charter company wanted the team to use the race to find any snagging that needed before the boat was sold. From the start of the race, the team followed 2 professional sailors on their own boats until Caernarfon where both leading boats ran aground and they passed them. Charter Continuum finished the race in 1st position
Since then Dave won the race again two years later with Geoff West on his Reflex 38, named Spirit of Barmouth, and has done the race on several different yachts coming almost every other position. He says its not winning, its taking part and finishing that’s important to most teams. Mind he thinks the end of race party also has something to do with it!
It also comes down to the amount of money the race has raised over the years. His teams have raised anything from £800 to £18000 for different charities. The race itself has raised into the hundreds of thousands for charities throughout the world.
Dave’s been asked several times what's the sense in doing the race so many times. He says is if he had any sense he’d stay in bed and watch it from the house. Dave says the reason he does the race is because of the money raised every year for chosen charities. Mind the cheap food and drinks and camaraderie in the yacht club and the teams he’s raced with has something to do with it.
John Williams - Crew
Occupation: Retired Personage
Age; Unknown but probably late Neolithic
YM Ocean plus former big ship Engineer, long time skiff sailor and general dogsbody.
Navigated class winners in Sydney Hobart, Round Britain and Ireland and other tricky races acquiring a wealth of offshore experience in all sorts of strange craft from square riggers to Volvo 70s. Has participated at all levels from grinder to Skipper in all the classic offshore races over 600 nm at least once including the RORC transatlantic. On a more leisurely note has sailed as far North as N.E. Greenland and as far South as Cape Horn but relative rookie with only second 3 Peaks.
Class 40 is definitely my type of boat but the prospect of 3m draft looks to be ‘challenging’ in at least three points in the race.
Claim to fame – due to insanely poor planning passed through the eye of a 140 kt. typhoon in the South China Sea, an experience to be avoided if at all possible so will be firmly riveted to a bar stool in the Merionith YC if the forecast looks anything like that.
Will Thornton - Runner
Serving Royal marine, mainly run for a sick kind of pleasure more than competition until recently, first signing up for an ultra marathon then talked into the 3 Peaks by Jack.
Raising money for Cancer Research UK after losing my Father last year. No sailing experience, but hey no Cuff to tough right?! It seems I like to see my self off at every opportunity so why not run up a few mountains.
Jack Willis - Runner
A serving Royal Marine, with some sailing experience and a love for the outdoors but taken it to another level this year by signing up for an ultra marathon for charity in memory of my running partners dad.