14. Team Ajax
YACHT NAME : AJAX
Yacht Type: J109
IRC Rating: 1.009
Hull Colour: White
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
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
Occupation: Strategic Communications Consultant, and Army Officer
• 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
Occupation: Student, Army Officer
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.
Occupation: Engineering Consultant, Army Officer
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
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
Occupation: Systems Engineer, Soldier
Keen amateur distance athlete
Started sailing in 2017 - keen to get more stuck in!
And the Shore Team!
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 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.