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Team Grand Slam

Team Grand Slam Three Peaks Yacht Race 201

Team Grand Slam are a group of enthusiastic yachtsmen and runners from Liverpool Yacht Club (LYC) based at Liverpool Marina ’Sailing in the Heart of the City’ who race in the LYC Venture Class Series’ on the River Mersey, though not all on the same yacht! When not sailing they are all keen alpine skiers and ‘Outdoor Athletes’.  


The skipper and owner, Mike, has had the Three Peaks Yacht Race on his ‘bucket list” for years and though an experienced Yachtmaster the Three Peaks Yacht Race is his first international offshore race. 


The crew of four, all yachtsman but only two dedicated runners comprise of Tony, an IT Consultant and the appointed navigator, Tony probably has the hardest job on the yacht - getting Team Grand Slam from Barmouth to Fort William by the shortest and fastest route for a Westerly Typhoon.


Jonty, a Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner with four Rolex Fastnet Ocean Races under his belt, the last two double handed and then there are the two ‘racing whippets’ runners Jason and Chris.  Both are ultra keen ‘Outdoor Athletes’ who sail, ski, swim, climb, run and cycle.


Jason an experienced yachtsman who has delivered yachts all over Europe and competed in numerous fell races and is found “playing in the mountains” whenever possible.  Chris, a marine engineer, has over 3000 miles offshore, is a dinghy instructor, competes in sprint triathlons, cycling sportives and as the youngest in the team at 27 is expected to take all the sailing and running in his stride. 


Finally, the support team, Steve, a former GB kayak paddler, competitor in the Rome to London Cycle Challenge and keen triathlete will be following the yacht by road in the trusty van ensuring that everything is in order at each port of call.  The average age of the team is 43 and their motto for the Team Grand Slam is ‘Perseverance Pays”


Team Grand Slam is sponsored by Liverpool Marina, Micro Precision Engineering Ltd, ESP Ltd and BaseFeet for which the team is enormously grateful.  


Team Grand Slam is fund raising for the Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan Cancer Support. 


The Team Grand Slam website is: where there is a link to Just Giving and links to our sponsors. 

Yacht Name: Grand Slam                                            

Length: 11.4m

Yacht Type: Westerly Typhoon                             

Hull Colour: White

Draught: 1.9m                                                          

Sail No: GBR 4073T

Country of Origin: UK                                                                 

Radio Call Sign: MNXY2

Home Port: Liverpool Marina

Tilman Trophy: No

Family Team: No  

Mike Croxall - Skipper

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Age: 53                                                                                    

Gender: Male

Club: Liverpool Yacht Club      

Company: Micro Precision Engineering Ltd

Nationality: British


Yachtmaster Offshore

Venture Class Racing with Liverpool Yacht Club

Extensive cruising around North Wales, Irish Sea and Liverpool


Tony Blackhurst - Crew/Navigator

Occupation: IT Consultant

Club: Liverpool Yacht Club                                               

Nationality: British


RYA Day Skipper

Venture Class Racing with Liverpool Yacht Club

Cruising North Wales and Liverpool

Jonty Clews - Crew

Occupation: Retired Army Officer

Club: Liverpool Yacht Club                                                            

Nationality: British


RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Yachtmaster Examiner

Extensive sailing in UK waters, English Channel, Channel Islands, French coastal waters, Canary Islands, Falkland Islands to Caribbean.

Skippered 4 Rolex Fastnet Ocean Races, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. The last two being double handed.

Yachting Monthly Triangle Race 2014 

Venture Class Racing with Liverpool Yacht Club


Jason Large - Crew/Runner

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Club: Liverpool Yacht Club      

Nationality: British


Extensive Irish Sea sailing

Yacht deliveries around European waters

Venture Class Racing with Liverpool Yacht Club

25 Years Club Racing with South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club


Experienced ‘Outdoors Athlete’; running, climbing, mountain and road biking, surfing and         

Alpine Skiing Race Coach

Multiple Welsh Fell Running Association Races including Cader Idris.


Chris Briggs - Crew/Runner

Occupation: Marine Engineer

Club; Liverpool Yacht Club      

Nationality: British


3000 nm offshore

Solent Racing in the Hamble Winter Series

Dinghy Instructor

Degree in Yacht Design

Venture Class Racing with Liverpool Yacht Club


Keen road runner and ‘Outdoor Athlete’

Sprint Triathlon Competitor

Numerous Cycling Sportives 


Steve Briggs - Support

Occupation: Managing Director, ESP Ltd

Company: ESP Ltd

Nationality: British


Kayaking GB Squad member

Rome to London Cycling Challenge

Triathlon runner

Chris’s Dad

Team Grand Slam 2015 Thre Peaaks Yacht Race
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