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 6. Balti Afterburn

Yacht Name:           Tracybelle

Length:                   9.9m

Yacht Type:             Limbo 9.9

IRC Rating:              

Hull Colour:             White with Blue stripe

Draught:                 1.8m

Sail No:                   S - 106

Port of Origin:         Menai Straits

Tilman Trophy:        Yes


Nick Ridgway – Skipper

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Began sailing 26 years ago in the Solent and have sailed most things from dinghy to Farr 65.

I was once quite fit with various Ironman, Half Ironman, marathons, and OMMs in the bag but now rehabilitating in the pub.

Serial three peaks offender back for the 7th time.

Neil Cooney – Runner/Sailor

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

40 years dinghy sailing; was once reasonably good but has gone downhill.  Mirror to 18ft skiff.

Offshore Yacht master.


Occasional long runs (Tor Des Geants, Tot Dret, UTS)

Odd triathlon over the years (Celtman, etc).

Carl Silver – Runner/Sailor

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

I started sailing in a mirror dinghy with my dad when I was 10 years old and have gone on to sailing various boats from 505’s to 49er’s at World and European championships. I started running and cycling to keep fit enough to sail and this has taken me to several double ironmans and a few years of competitive bike racing on the road. Recently, I’ve given long distance running a go, finishing (and even enjoying bits of) the 350km Tor des Geants in the Italian Alpes last year.

David Gamble – Runner/Sailor

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

I have raced dinghies all my life ranging from Lasers and Aero’s to International Moths and RS800s.  Also raced and cruised on yachts in the Solent,  English channel and transatlantic.  I sail out of Hayling Island sailing club in Chichester Harbour.


Also I’m a trail runner and mountain biker, more recently that involves off road marathons in the south downs, hiking in the Alps or Lake district and trying to stay ahead of my teenage son at the local parkrun.  Looking forward to the combination of both sailing and running in one event.

Gerard Barron – Runner/Sailor

Age: 52

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Sailing: sailed multiple racing dinghies since age 14 primarily an RS400 as crew and helm and have a good national record.


Running: I started in about 2013 with my wife as a means of getting really fit to combat (successfully) my wife’s diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma. Recent lockdown has provided a great opportunity to push on and increase distance and pace. Some examples below:

Multiple 5 and 10 Km races

Multiple sprint triathlons

2x Cambridge half marathon  

2022 Peak District 70th Birthday – Half bash (35km) – 17th overall – 3rd V50 age category

2022 Ladybower Half Marathon – 63rd overall – 4th V50 age category

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