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 Gwyr Harlech

(Challenge Class)

Yacht Name:          Crystelle

Length:                  30'

Yacht Type:            Hunter Horizon 30

Hull Colour:           White

Draught:                1.19m

Sail No.:                 TBC

Home Port:             Barmouth

Country of Origin:  Wales

Matthew White  (Skipper)

Occupation: Carpenter

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Gwion Llwyd 

Occupation: Director

Age: 46

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Ben Bailey  

Occupation: Farmer

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Ed Bailey  

Occupation: Director

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Ben Cartwright 

Occupation: Head of Operations

Age: 39

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Matt White, Ben Bailey, Ben Cartwright, Gwion Llwyd and Ed Bailey - all from the Harlech and Barmouth areas - are planning to ruffle the feathers of some very experienced hardened endurance competitors in the infamous Three Peaks Yacht Race. Their team is aptly named “Gwyr Harlech”.


It’s all in aid of a charity that was very close to the heart of a friend Tom Walker, who sadly lost his brave fight against a brain tumour last December. Tom would have been 38 in June and leaves behind him his wife Jackie as well as two young sons. He was an extremely talented rugby player, a great father and brilliant friend. 


The Men of Harlech (Gwyr Harlech) hope that their participation in this grueling challenge will help bring the very important work that the Brain Tumour Charity does for patients.

You can support at the their fundraising page here.


The team are also dedicating their participation in this race to Steffan Owen, his partner Leah and their family. Steffan is currently fighting another battle now against Leukemia, having fought initially so bravely also against a brain tumour. Steff has in his own right raised thousands of pounds for Charity and he deserves now for people to work equally hard for him and his family. Please see their own fund raising page also


The team, by their own admission, have very little experience of both sailing and running marathons, but have been working hard to get their boat - a 30 foot yacht - ready for the challenge.  They have also worked hard to reassure the boat’s owner Will Bailey - Ben Bailey’s father - that it will be returned to him in one piece.

The Gwyr Harlech team - 3 Peaks Yacht Race 2018
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