4. Driac

Yacht Name:          Driac

Length:                  40'

Yacht Type:           1930 Camper and Nicholsons

IRC Rating:            TBC

Hull Colour:           White

Draught:                6'3"

Sail No:                  None

Port of Origin:        Milford Haven

Tilman Trophy:      Yes

Charles Lyster – Skipper

Occupation: Yachtmaster Instructor

Age: 61

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Charles has been sailing open boats for 40 years and yachting for about 15 years. He has entered three previous 3PYRs (two as runner) and one Scottish Islands Peaks Race. He has run two mountain marathons and is a winter Mountain Leader and Yachtmaster Instructor.


He worked at Outward Bound at Aberdyfi and in Zimbabwe in the 1980s and has worked with groups in the outdoors for 40 years, also working as a carpenter/cabinetmaker and building some small traditional boats.


He bought Driac in 2008 and entered the Three Peaks Yacht Race the next day; since then has gradually restored Driac and in 2015 he managed to get her commercially coded, since when he has been running RYA training and cruises aboard her. This will be Driac's fourth entry, with a crew of very old friends; we don't expect to win, but if we can finish we'll be very happy chaps.

Driac will be 91 in June and I aim to sell her at the end of the year so this is a last opportunity to do the race in such a lovely boat.

Find out more about Charles and Driac at http://www.driacclassicsailing.co.uk/

John Allen: Runner

Occupation: Retired

Age: 59

Gender: Male

Nationality: Irish


Taught sailing at OB Aberdyfi with Charles Lyster back in the day, not much running experience.

Charles suggested we go as a group and climb some unclimbed peaks in Kyrgyzstan in the Summer of 2020 (obviously that fell through). This was the next best option.


Duncan Francis: Runner

Occupation: Mountaineering Instructor

Age: 61

Gender: Male

Nationality: British


Lots of running, very little sailing. Competed in a lot of KIMM/OMMs and LAMMs.

I’ve always known about the race, I just never planned in running in it! My arm was twisted by the Skipper.

Vernon Gayle - Crew/Runner

Occupation: University Lecturer

Age: 53

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Coastal Skipper; Trans Atlantic crossing in 2009;
Scottish hill running; 6 Marathons; 2 Two-day Mountain Marathons; 50km Trail Race; Gerry Charnley Round; Old Crown Round.

When I first heard of the race is lost in the mists of time, and I'm looking forward to sailing with the skipper again, a good friend and mentor.

Forth Valley Orienteers

Huw Jackson - Crew/Runner

Occupation: Sailor/Boatbuilder

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Nationality: Welsh

A lifelong sailor, employed on various sailing boats, yacht deliveries and sail training. Done some fell racing.

I was asked to join the team by the captain and jumped at the chance, having previously helped bring Driac to the start line.

"Old age hath yet his honour and his toil; Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods."

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