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If not now, then when?

YACHT NAME :      Disk Drive

Length:                 12.3m

Yacht Type:           Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40

Hull Colour:           White

Draught:                2.4m

Sail No.:                 GBR 3882T

Country of Origin:  UK

Tilman Trophy:       Yes

Family Team:          No

L to R. Robert McCaffrey, James Glasspool, Dennis Earl, Martin West & Kanga the dog.  Three Peaks Yacht Race 2016
Robert McCaffrey – Skipper

Occupation: Event Organiser

Age: 49

Gender: Male

Nationality: British


Sailing since 1989, Belfast Lough, Loch Fyne Series; Channel racing, Cowes Week; Skippering: extensive Hebrides experience inc. St Kilda, Mingulay; Solent, Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly, Majorca, skippered in Round the Island Race, twice skippered in the SIPR all-rounders class (one successful finish). 10 Marathons completed, mountaineering, mountain-running, Alps, orienteering. Organiser of the Trionium races.


Martin West - Crew/Runner

Occupation: Director

Age: 51

Gender:  Male

Nationality:  British



RYA Day Skipper Practical, Coastal Skipper Theory, Short Range Radio licence

Chartered bareboat (as skipper) in UK, Gulf of Mexico & BVIs

Race tactician & navigator on Ruta de La Sal (Bondbuster, MacGregor65, 2006), Island Sailing Club Inshore Series (Sanuk2, SunOdessy39, 2010, 2011 & 2012), Industry Sailing Challenge (Farr 40, 2 x round Isle of Wight, 2011), Round the Island Race (Sanuk2, 2010, 2011 & 2012)

>3,400 nMiles logged including two Channel crossings



6 x half marathons (PB 1hr:40mins)

3 x >20 mile endurance events (including North-South of Isle of Wight, Three Peaks of Yorkshire, Endure24 in a team of 3)

I have completed the Three Peaks in <24hrs by road/walking as part of a corporate challenge

Regular non-competitive runner


I remember seeing the TV coverage of an early race (possibly the first, possibly on Blue Peter) and have always wanted to have a go. ‘If not now, then when?’


Kate Standeven – Crew/Runner

Occupation: Clinical Physiologist

Age: 44

Gender: Female

Nationality: British


Experience includes the Scottish Islands Peak Race (2014) and previous recreational sailing/ crewing in Britain and Ireland, running half and marathon distance with a more recent attempt at ultramarathons.  


Mountain interest comes from walking and climbing both here and in the Alps. I did the usual 3 peaks challenge when a student (a long time ago) and have since done the Welsh 3000's.


Dennis Earl – Crew/Runner


Age: 47

Gender:  Male

Nationality:  British


Extensive daytime hill and mountain walking.  Silver mountain leaders navigation award.

Have completed all four legs of the 2013 SIPR in the all-rounder class.

Several Ironman triathlons and marathons.


Stuart Aikman - Crew/Runner

Occupation: Chartered Tax Advisor

Age: 53

Gender: Male

Nationality:  British


I started dinghy sailing over 40 years ago progressing to yachts in the Solent and bareboating in the Med and Australia. I have skippered and navigated my way around in various parts of the world.

Only took up running 5 years ago but have now completed 10 marathons.

In 2014 I was a member of all-rounders team which successfully completed the Scottish Islands Peaks Race.


Robert McCaffrey: “Life is too short to put off your dreams for a day longer than necessary. Skippering a yacht in the Tilman Trophy Class (‘all-rounders’) of the Three Peaks Yacht Race has been an aim of mine for nearly 20 years and I have spent a chunk of my life training for this year and this race. Our team name reflects our approach to the event: ‘If not now, then when?’ Just getting to the start line is half the battle.“

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