14.  Team Ajax



Length:                  10.75m

Yacht Type:            J109

IRC Rating:             1.009

Hull Colour:           White

Draught:                2.1m

Sail No.:                 GBR6908R

Country of Origin:  UK

Tilman Trophy:       Yes

Family Team:          No

AJAX belongs to the Royal Armoured Corps Yacht Club, and is run and raced for the benefit of serving and retired officers and soldiers of the Corps.  This year, for the 3PYR, she is sailed by young officers and soldiers of the Royal Yeomanry, and the Queen’s Own Yeomanry – both Army Reserve Light Cavalry units, with Squadrons located across the UK.

Matt Cattell - Skipper

Occupation: Army – RACYC Boatswain

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

RACYC Boatswain

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal

RYA First Aid

RYA/MCA Small Craft Basic Sea Survival Course

RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course


c. 10-20K NM Offshore


Rolex Fastnet 2013 – Mate

Volvo Round Ireland 2016 – Mate (delivery as skipper)

Cowes Week 2016 - Skipper

5x Round the Island Races - Mate

5x Army Offshore Regatta – skipper


Cambrian Patrol Bronze - 2006

Taunton Half Marathon 2016


Alexander Shaw

Occupation: Strategic Communications Consultant, and Army Officer

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

• RYA Day Skipper Practical (Tidal)

• RYA/MCA Small Craft Basic Sea Survival Course

• RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course

• RYA Dinghy Instructor (+racing endorsement)

• c. 2000nm costal and offshore cruising and racing on yachts ranging from 30' to 50', acting as 1st Mate/Skipper

• 2016 Fastnet and RORC Channel Race Series as Watch Leader/Mate

• Extensive classic and modern keelboat racing experience - regular participation in club and national regattas

• Grew up sailing in Solent

Arthur Fearnall

Occupation: Student, Army Officer

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

  • 39 quality mountain days (QMD)

  • Mountain Leader Training this April 

  • Comp Crew in 2011

  • Sailing every year for two weeks in the Mediterranean, on 35-50 foot yachts.

  • Lots of Army offshore expeditions.

  • Experience dinghy sailing in the UK which I have been doing from a young age.

Alastair Coombe

Occupation: Engineering Consultant, Army Officer

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

  • Cambrian Patrols Competition

    • 2009 - completed

    • 2010 - bronze

  • Keswick to Barrow  (40 miles road race)

    • 2013 - 7hrs 45 mins

    • 2014 - 7 hrs 58 mins

  • 4 inns walk (40 miles off road all the Peak district)

    • 2015 - 18 hrs

  • Marathons

  • 2015 Edinburgh - casual with wife

  • 2016 Manchester - 3 hrs 48 mins

  • Iron man: 2016 The Lakesman - 13hrs 43 mins.

  • Lots of back packing in Scotland etc

  • Climbed Scafell and Ben Nevis

Rhys Egleton

Occupation: Systems Engineer, Soldier

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

  • Keen amateur distance athlete 

  • Started sailing in 2017 - keen to get more stuck in! 

And the Shore Team!

Faye Watson

A Combat Medical Technician in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and mother of three, Faye is triple-hatting as medic, morale and Mum for the race. In her own words: 'I'm not very sympathetic; you've got to have really hurt yourself to get anything off me'. 


Chris Ladbrook

Chris is a keen yachtsman, and can drive almost any vehicle. He's not all that into marathons, though, so suggested running the support team might be the best option for the 3 Peaks. He's a morale machine, too. 

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