10. Tintin

Yacht Name:           Tintin

Length:                   14.4m

Yacht Type:             Boreal 47

IRC Rating:             1.030

Hull Colour:            Grey

Draught:                 1m/2.5m (Lifting centreboard)

Sail No:                   GBR4332L

Port of Origin:         Salcombe

Tilman Trophy:       Yes


Rob Withers – Skipper

Occupation: Retired

Age: 56

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Many triathlons and marathon - all some years ago.  Sailed Tintin from UK to NZ last year.

Three Peaks Race 1991 & 92 (Tilman winners in 92).

Tintin is not a true race boat, but if we encounter icebergs it’ll be the perfect boat both in terms of heating and strength. We hope to finish safely and having had fun.

Joanna Withers – Crew


Age: 56

Gender: Female

Nationality: British

Recreational runner and sailor, recent adventure sailing from Devon to Tonga 2018-2019.

Raced in 1991 & 1992, Tilman Trophy winner 1992, Anarchy Trophy winner 1991.

Love the challenge.  The aim is to get around in one piece and celebrate doing it again after 30 years.

Stephen Gordon - Runner/Crew

Occupation: Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Director of the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Programme (MLW) in Blantyre, Malawi. MLW has 750 staff dedicated to research to benefit health and training the next generation of researchers.

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

3 Peaks 1991 on Storm Flyer - has it got any easier?

1500 miles of Scottish cruising, dinghy cruising on Lake Malawi.

Rob Withers thought it would be a good idea. I said yes, and wasn't picked. Now I'm in as a we are all ancient and injury has ruled the first pick out.

Matt Insley - Sailor/ Runner/Shuffler

Occupation: Director of Global Accounts for a French security company

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Been in and around boats of various sizes and shapes since as long as I can remember; but not as much as I'd like to be (it's rather landlocked and deskbound in BUCKS). I used to do a lot of dinghy racing, some yacht racing, triathlon and a few running events. Dreams of being competitive have given way to contentment in my unique blend of mediocrity. I am beginning to think that jogging around the Chilterns isn't great prep for the 3 Peaks.

Rob (skip) asked me, and not one to shy away from a challenge I said yes. 'Aim is to finish with the same alive people that I start with and have some stories to dine out on for years to come.

My dad told me years ago; "The 3 peaks race is a tough race for nutters"

James Heath - Sailor

Occupation: Retired

Age: 59

Gender: Male

Nationality: British

Yachtmaster, sailed Atlantic and first leg of Azab. Had my arm twisted to take part!

Jo Withers
Rob Withers
Steve Gordon
James Heath
Matt Insley