2. Team Go Sailing Association
Yacht Name: Hebridean Flame II
Yacht Type: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37
IRC Rating: 0.941
Hull Colour: White with thin blue stripe below toe rail
Sail No.: GBR 4685L
Home Port: Kip Marina
Country of Origin: UK
Tilman Trophy: No
Family Team: No
The GSA was originally established in 1979 as the British Gas Seafarers' Association, but is now an independent and self-funding club (http://www.gosail.club/). It’s now a club run by its members for its members and anybody can join. The GSA own three yachts around the country, based in Southampton, Plymouth and on the Firth of Clyde.
Oliver Ridgway (Skipper)
I’m a keen dinghy sailor, windsurfer and yachtsman. I’ve sailed and messed about in boats all my life, I’m hoping to get the hang of it at some point. Over the years, I’ve covered thousands of sea miles, including costal hops, channel crossings and longer passages. I have sailed in large groups, double handed and alone but my yacht racing experience is limited to the Round the Island Race (x4). I’m a skipper with the Go Sailing Association – they are a great club and have given me some excellent sailing over the years. I learn something every time I go sailing, and expect that the TPYR will take this to extremes! Really looking forward to it!
Mark Fryer (Crew)
Occupation: Chartered Engineer
Yacht and dinghy sailing experience spanning 30 years including racing, cruising and just messing about! Part of a crew that regularly races an IOR one tonner called “Hero” GBR 1236 which regularly races in the Bristol Channel and has done the TPYR previously (not with me aboard). I prefer crew positions Bow or Trim #1 but am at home in any position. I also race my own boat, a micro Gem 550 (18’ microcupper class) which I raced at the nationals at Stour Sailing Club in 2017. I am also a keen windsurfer, a novice kiteboarder and a good runner up to about half marathon distance. If any of the runners get injured I will happily step in but the distance and elevation would be a big shock for me!
Simon Britten (Crew)
James Miller (Runner)
Occupation: Electrical Engineer
I took up running in 2005 and have competed in hundreds races from 5k's to marathon distance. I have run a number of ultra marathons with my longest being just over 90 miles in a single day. I have done multi-day running events and have completed the Three Peaks Challenge 3 times. I also cycle many thousands of miles a year. I sailed a dingy around a lake a handful of times in my youth, I crewed on a 35ft yacht on a channel crossing once (both ways) and I own a 260hp single outboard 20ft offshore powerboat.
Scott Seefeldt (Runner)
Occupation: Project Manager
Some sailing experience through the military, sailed from Portugal to the UK.
Lots of mountain running experience including running up Snowdon and various other mountains in the UK and overseas, completed everything from 5km park runs to 100 mile ultra-marathons
The team are raising money for https://www.addaction.org.uk/ who are one of the UK's leading mental health, drug and alcohol charities