11. Wight Rose
YACHT NAME : Lightning Reflex
Yacht Type: Reflex 38
IRC Rating: 1.059
Hull Colour: White
Sail No: GRR7830
Country of Origin: UK
Tilman Trophy: No
Family Team: No
Geoff West – Skipper
Geoff is back again having first attempted the race in 1998 only missing three races since then.
Age: Also Ancient
The sailing team sees the return of Gary Clayton, joining Geoff West. Gary claims a better record of wins to participation than Geoff and also claims to look younger. Geoff disputes both.
Kees De Walle
The 3rd sailor has been press ganged. Failing to find one of those pewter jugs with a glass bottom and a shilling. A pint glass and some beer in Cowes was sufficient to persuade Dutchman, Kees De Walle to join the team. His experience of short handed racing in the North Sea and up to Norway is likely to be of little use on this race, a former Dutch competitor remarked that it was difficult to train for the mountains of the race in Holland as they have no hills. Likewise North Sea sailing experience will be of little use in preparation for the narrows, currents and mountain wind effects experienced in this race.
Alex Pilkington has forgotten the pain of the last few Years races and is back again... Alex has been keeping a more low key profile to Pavel but has been competing in a few Mtb Orienteering races and has been doing a few 'personal challenges' of his own since the last 3 Peaks ...so it must be the taste of Bruichladdich at the finish or like some of the rest of the team he is now old and forgets how hard this race is.
The running team, despite not having sailed before last Years race Pavel Paloncy has not been put off and is coming back to the UK to join us. Pavel has been busy competing in Adventure Races and Ultras across the globe from China to Africa, however Pavel has a fondness for the UK and loves our damp climate and our bogs.
Firstly, the team name as having chatted with many it became clear that no one understands it. It is meant to reflect that several years ago the team was drawn from two delightful places in the country. The runners from Yorkshire, the white rose county and the sailors from the Isle of Wight. Time has moved on and team members changed but we have not come up with a new name. Fitting Czech republic Holland and Monmouthshire does not have an obvious answer.
The boat is a regular in the race, having started its 3 peaks career in 2000 it has only missed a couple of races since. It is familiar with the course and the bottom of the keel has several scrapes to prove it.