1.  ML Automation Ltd.

Sadly this team are a late withdrawal from the race for 2018, but we will see them next year!


Yacht Name:          The Big Cheese

Length:                  8 m

Yacht Type:            Rogers 27

IRC Rating:             TBC

Hull Colour:           White

Draught:                1.7m

Sail No.:                 GBR5612T

Home Port:             Hamble

Country of Origin:  UK

Tilman Trophy:       No

Family Team:          No


Mark Longstaff  (Skipper)

Occupation: Contract Software Engineer

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore with 20,000+ logged miles cruising and racing. Trans Atlantic Miami > UK in 2000. A lot of Solent East and South Coast racing in X332 and J109 and 120's.  JOG and RORC.

I have wanted to do the Three Peaks Yacht Race for many years but got around to it, yet ...

Ian Constable  (Crew)

Occupation: Superyacht Skipper/Marine Engineering Manager

Age: 50 ish

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean - 30,000 racing and cruising miles. Former Superyacht Skipper of 105' sailing yacht but equally at home on a 27' Rogers!

Zac Poulton  (Runner)

Occupation: Expedition Guide and Mountaineering Instructor

Age: 40 ish

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Out on the hills Zac has managed to get himself to the end of the 190 mile Northern Traverse, UTMB, Glencoe Skyline, Lakeland 100, Antarctic Ice Marathon, Celtman and the iconic Bob Graham Round. 

Currently working as a dad, his day job in a former life was a mountain and polar expedition guide, including successful trips to Everest, Ama Dablam, Mt. Vinson and the South Pole.

There is also a wee bit of sailing experience from a few years with the London Sailing Project when he also sailed with Skipper Mark Longstaff for the first time - that was 25 years ago!

Jon Gupta  (Runner)

Occupation: Owner Manager & Expedition Leader Mountain Expeditions

Age: 40 ish

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

High altitude mountain guide Jon has had a busy few years - multiple ascents of Everest, the British speed record on Kilimanjaro, 2nd fastest solo ascent of Ama Dablam, climbing 6 of the 7 summits and even finding time to present for the BBC.

On 'easier' terrain he's completed the 430 mile Yukon Arctic Ultra and Bob Graham Round, despite describing himself as a 'non-runner'.

"The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."

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