If not now, then when?
YACHT NAME : Disk Drive
Yacht Type: Jeanneau Sun Fizz 40
Hull Colour: White
Sail No.: GBR 3882T
Country of Origin: UK
Tilman Trophy: Yes
Family Team: No
Robert McCaffrey – Skipper
Occupation: Event Organiser
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
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
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
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
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.“