12. Wild Spirit
YACHT NAME : Sherkin
Yacht Type: Sunfast 37
IRC Rating: 0.958
Hull Colour: White
Sail No.: IRL1455
Country of Origin: Ireland
Tilman Trophy: Yes
Family Team: No
Paul Jackson – Skipper
A commercial Ocean Yachtmaster with over 95,000NM, including 25,000 of offshore racing experience, who has skippered numerous races including Sydney Hobarts, Fastnets and Round Irelands. Part of the team on The Stick which took line Honours in the Lord Howe Island race in 2011 he also skippered Helsal 3 to be first Tasmanian Yacht to finish in 2013 Sydney Hobart and took Team prize in the 2104 Round Ireland race. As co-skipper of Team Wight Rose, 1st on corrected time for 2015 Three Peaks Yacht Race . He was Helm on Helsal when it won Division Honours in Sydney to Hobart 2015 and 2016.
Claims to fame are to have been rendered unconscious by a wooden leg, been detained under the prevention of terrorism act and looked a killer whale in the eye from less than 6 foot.
John Williams (Sailor and Navigator)
Also a YM Ocean plus former Ships Engineer, long time skiff sailor and general dogsbody. He adds to the age and experience of Team Wild Spirits unique blend of Age, Experience and Immaturity whilst maintaining an illusion of navigational and academic competence.
Navigated Helsal 3 to first in Division in 2016 Sydney to Hobart and has a wealth of Offshore racing experience having done all the classic ocean races over 600 nm including the Round Britain and Ireland non-stop. Cruised as far North as N.E. Greenland and as far South as Cape Horn but first 3 Peaks!
Claim to fame – passed through the eye of a cat. 4 typhoon in the South China Sea, an experience to be avoided if at all possible so will be ensconced in the bar if the forecast looks anything like that.
Stuart Walker (Shelf) - Runner
Occupation: Research Engineer Sheffield University
Former King of Mountains and a few other extreme running bits. Has also completed a Fastnet and Caribbean 600. Also known as Doctor Stuart Walker he adds a great deal to the last of the teams 3 unique qualities.
Wil Spain - Runner
Wil Spain - Runner
Age: Unknown (about 30)
Wil is a late replacement for the sadly injured Hugh Aggleton. The rest of the team are very grateful to Wil for stepping in at short notice. As a Cumbrian and resident of the Lake District, he is a very experienced fellrunner and has completed races from short to ultra distance. He also has experience of this type of race, having completed the Scottish Island Peaks race. Wil is also a keen Motorcyclist and chicken enthusiast.
Tom Lowrie - Sailor and Reserve Runner
Tom can swim and has also completed the Scottish Islands Peaks Race 2006 raced from - Blyth to Mandal, Norway, j29
2 Bass Rock Races (Blyth - Edinburgh - Blyth), j29. Many inshore races on Sigma 8, and Albin Express 26.