Entrants

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    Oyster Bay of Falmouth

    Oyster
    Oyster 435
    Boat Length
    13.22
    Adrian BarrettDouble-handed 001
    Adrian, from New Zealand, grew up sailing and has ensured that his whole family also learnt to sail from an early age. He now lives in Surrey with his wife and three daughters. Adrian competed in the Fastnet Race in 2013.  He is competing on the AZAB with one of his daughters, Sarah.  Oyster Bay is based in Mylor so there can be limited excuses for being late.  
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    CAMINATA

    Hustler
    Hustler 36 (Modified)
    Sail No.
    BEL 4711
    Boat Length
    10.90
    Bert JanssenDouble-handed 022
    Started sailing with the Antwerp Sea Scouts. At 21 years bought a first boat (Carter Dingbat quarter tonner) together with my 2 brothers, then in 1996 we acquired a Berret half tonner and started the serious racing (Class President of the Half Ton Class Europe). In 2009 we bought a larger one-tonner (a Stephen Jones Oyster SJ41) and continued racing, winning a.o. a Round the Island Race, an Oyster Regatta in Cowes and the One Tonner Revival Races... Now it's time to broaden the horizon, and at my 50th birthday I decided that an AZAB was a better idea than a large motor bike, so here we come... in a 3/4 Tonner...
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    YENDA

    J boats
    109
    Sail No.
    NED 7276
    Boat Length
    10.74
    Bertram van LingeSingle-handed 071
    I started sailing when I was about 29, mainly on the Dutch lakes. The horizon broadened and crossings were made with friends to the UK, France and Norway. Later on, family had other stuff to do, I got hooked on single handed sailing. Since then I have sailed single handed twice to the Shetlands, Bergen and back, the AZAB in 2015 and last year to Falmouth and the Chanel islands. Although I have little experience in racing, for me it’s in the endurance and the personal challenge; I look forward to the AZAB 2019.
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    A.J. Wanderlust

    Jeanneau
    45.2 Sun Odyssey
    Sail No.
    IOM 8931R
    Boat Length
    13.8
    Charlene HowardDouble-handed 091
    Charlene is from Davison, Michigan and grew up with a love of lakes, water skiing, and adventure. International career assignments in Kazakhstan, Russia, Mexico, Peru and Brazil, as well as much leisure travel, fuelled the passion for adventure, and the relentless “wanderlust.” Charlene began sailing in 2006 when she wanted a mid-life break and a way to travel with her Bernese Mountain Dog. It was a very steep learning curve. AJ Wanderlust was purchased over the internet. Charlene arrived to the boat in St. Petersburg, Florida, having quit her job and hired a captain for two months to teach her to sail. Seeing AJ Wanderlust for the first time can best be described as a terrifying moment, realizing I had never been on a sailboat, unsure how a 52 kilo Bernese Mountain Dog would fare aboard and disturbed to discover how important maintenance was to a boat. Committed, we headed off to Beaufort, North Carolina and then Bermuda and the Azores, using the Atlantic Ocean as a shake-down cruise. I learned, I made loads of mistakes, but AJ Wanderlust kept us safe and was a forgiving teacher. AJ Wanderlust was actively cruised from August 2006 to December 2010, sailing well over 30,000 miles and visiting 35 countries or island territories. She sailed as far east as Croatia, as far west at Hawaii, Skagway, Alaska was her most northerly point, and the Panama Canal her most southerly. In January 2011, AJ Wanderlust went on the hard in Everett, Washington, and Charlene went back to work in a land locked location. By late 2012, Charlene was living in South Africa, and plans had been made for the relocation of Charlene and AJ Wanderlust to the Isle of Man. In January 2014, AJ Wanderlust was delivered by cargo ship to Eamshaven, Netherlands, and after a challenging Dutch canal and North Sea voyage, arrived to Hamble, UK for an extensive refit. She finally arrived to the Isle of Man in July 2014. Since 2015, AJ Wanderlust has sailed 5000 to 8000 nautical miles annually, cruising and racing, exploring various Irish Sea ports, as well as Ireland, the south coast of England, Outer Hebrides, St. Kilda, Orkney Islands, Shetlands, Channel Islands and the coast of Brittany, France. Charlene is a member of Douglas Bay Yacht Club and RORC. She is also a keel boat instructor and RYA Offshore Yacht Master. Charlene has sailed two Fastnets, two Round Ireland Races, and three ISORA seasons. AJ Wanderlust first raced in May 2015, completing the Round Isle of Man Race with an all girl’s crew in challenging weather. She went on to also complete this race in 2016 and 2017, winning the Coronation Cup in 2016 and placing third in IRC in 2017. AJ Wanderlust’s double handed racing credits include the 2017 ISORA season, as well as the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race. In 2018, AJ Wanderlust suffered a catastrophic chain plate failure and bulkhead fracture off Land’s End, putting her in a shed for 6 weeks of intensive repair. She bounded out in August 2018, just in time to make the start line for Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, which she completed double handed after 17 days at sea. AJ Wanderlust is entering the 2019 AZAB, as a double handed girls team. Charlene and Amanda will be sailing together thanks to a fortune introduction at the annual RORC dinner.
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    British Beagle

    Sigma
    Sigma 36
    Sail No.
    GBR3936
    Boat Length
    10.98
    Charles EmmettSingle-handed 077
    Charles is a seasoned Corinthian solo sailor, with more than 20,000 miles of offshore and ocean racing under his belt. Of his Sigma 36 'British Beagle' he says - 'Beagle maybe an older generation racer-cruiser which, like her owner, is a bit scruffy round the edges, with plenty of battle-scars, but it is a very well sorted boat, with a fantastic race pedigree. Charles and British Beagle finished 2nd in the 2013 Solo Trans-Atlantic Races (OSTAR); they were 2nd overall in the 2-handed class in the 2011 Fastnet race as well as finishing the 2017 edition; they have competed two Solo ‘Round the Rock’ races, finishing 3rd in class in 2016, when less than half the fleet made it round and 3rd again in the 2018 edition. In 2018 they finished 1st in IRC class 4 sailing 2-handed in the Sevenstars Round Britain and Ireland Race. As well as many other solo offshore race podiums, she has also won class in Falmouth week three times and was crowned ‘Top-Yacht’ in 2012. In the last edition of the AZAB Race, we had to retire after 24 hours with auto helm failure, but hope to do better this time!
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    Saphir

    Sweden Yachts
    340
    Sail No.
    GBR340N
    Boat Length
    10.4
    Chris DarbyshireDouble-handed 003
    Aged 66, married with two children and two grandsons. Currently dock master at Mylor Yacht Harbour, will be retiring just before the AZAB start. Been sailing since a boy and brought up reading about sailing adventures by Francis Chichester, Robin Knox Johnston and the like. The AZAB has been on my wish list for some time but the opportunity to take part has been elusive until now. Previous saling experience has been coastal cruising in the Channel and Irish waters and racing at local club level, up to national and world championships. Looking forward to the challenge of a long distance short handed ocean race.
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    Akouavi

    Sructures
    Pogo 12.50
    Sail No.
    GBR4776L
    Boat Length
    12.16
    Chris SwallowDouble-handed 087
    Inspired by Chichester whilst at school it was a long time before I managed to complete my (mainly solo) lap 2 years ago but with lots of stops. Now just enjoying cruising and taking in some racing when the opportunity arises.
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    Blue Planet

    POGO Structures
    Pogo 40
    Sail No.
    C40 46
    Boat Length
    12.18m
    Christian KerlSingle-handed 086
    I started sailing as a kid and at the age of 6, I had my first sailboat 420er. Regatta sailing I started with my brother on a Flying Dutchman and later with Libera A-boats. I gained my offshore experience with my Spitzgatter where I lived and sailed from the Turkish coast to Norway and back. Now it's time to sail a Flying Dutchman (class 40) again.
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    Zephyr

    Ovni
    395
    Sail No.
    GBR1669R
    Boat Length
    12.68
    Colin CampbellDouble-handed 021
    This will be my third AZAB in a row after competing last time with my daughter Lucy and this time it will be with my wife Rebecca keeping it a family affair. We are based in Falmouth so no excuses for being late on the start line.
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    Joy

    JPK
    10.10
    Sail No.
    GBR 4796L
    Boat Length
    10
    Dave ButtersDouble-handed 090
    Dave first competed in the AZAB 20 years ago in his Rival 32. Having recently acquired a JPK 1010 he is looking forward to a faster and more competitive (though probably less comfortable) race this year in his newfound semi-retirement. Joining him for the outbound leg will be Ian Millard, an experienced inshore keelboat racer. The AZAB will be his first race longer than a Fastnet, and first double-handed adventure of any significant duration. On the return leg Dave will be joined by his son, Pete, who has sailed a wide range of dinghies and keelboats. They last competed together double-handed in the 2014 Triangle race.
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    Wishful Thinking

    SHE
    36
    Sail No.
    GBR 4258
    Boat Length
    10.8
    David KnowlerSingle-handed 065
    Born on island of Anglesey ,been around the coast majority of my life . Sailing 40 plus years . Sail single handed vast majority of the time , having said that a good vane gear , aries / windpilot / monitor etc. somehow gives feeling of not being alone ! Live in west Pembrokeshire so fortunate in that regard . Wishful thinking has done a lot of ocean miles . Completed 2012 Jester Azores single handed challenge in my Achilles 840 Aries equipped in pretty tough conditions , boat coped well with up to 46 knots of wind with Aries at the helm .Wishfull thinking is equipped with a Windpilot Pacific vane gear , another good gear. Looking forward to event , hopefully in better conditions than 2012 .
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    Rainmaker

    Oyster
    Lightwave 395
    Sail No.
    GBR9029
    Boat Length
    11.99
    Donald MacdonaldSingle-handed 078
    Raced offshore initially in the Royal Air Force in the 80’s position normally foredeck. When back in civvy street only raced Lasers. Once settled down back in the UK did some Mediterranean charters with friends and got the urge to do more big boat sailing again in the UK. Bought a Dehler Optima 101 in 2014 for cruising. Got introduced to SORC and the singlehanded RIOW, got the no crew bug and here I am trying out the AZAB in 2019 in an Oyster Lightwave 395.
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    Lazy Otter

    Rustler
    Rustler 36
    Sail No.
    GBR1494R
    Boat Length
    10.77
    Ertan BeskardesSingle-handed 082
    I was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1961 and I have moved to UK in 1979. Having sailed as a young boy in Bosphorus Istanbul, when I moved to Bournemouth in 1994 I have continued sailing again in the Solent. Current boat is Sun Odyssey 33i, which I have sailed to Mediterranean in 2017 to its final destination and purchased Lazy Otter from Sardinia Italy Christmas 2017 with the intention of GGR 2018. I will be participating in the AZAB 2019 as a part of my preparation for OSTAR 2020 and GGR 2022.
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    Seahorse

    Halberg-Rassy
    HR 34
    Sail No.
    GBR 4650L
    Boat Length
    10.3
    Francis DouglasDouble-handed 073
    I am a retired chartered engineer and spent a lot of my working life in the submarine service. I have sailed all my life in various boats, including a fair amount of short distance single-handed sailing. I cruised to Portugal and the Azores in 2018 and I am just seeing whether I can go a bit faster in 2019!
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    Saffier

    Contessa
    Contessa 32
    Sail No.
    NED 9020
    Boat Length
    9,66
    Govert RamselaarSingle-handed 031
    Our Contessa 32 "Saffier" has been my wonderful outlet for several years now. I have always enjoyed singlehanded sailing, from the moment I sailed a Mirror Dinghy as a youngster. Taking part in an event like this is something that I want to do for a long time. What I did not really realize when registering is that getting to the starting line is a project in itself. From a new whistling kettle to more essential things, I am doing all kinds of jobs on my boat. Last summer I sailed to Scotland as a qualifying trip, which was a beautiful and educational trip. I go on with my preparations and look forward to the AZAB.
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    Katisha

    Contessa
    32
    Sail No.
    CO664
    Boat Length
    9.6
    James MooreDouble-handed 048
    I am a GP living in SE Cornwall. I have been sailing since my university days. I have owned Katisha for 14 years having bought her to do the 2007 AZAB. Most of my sailing these days is short handed long distance races. I have completed several RTYC Triangle races and two Fastnets. I hope to improve on my performance in 2007! I am married to Helen and we have four grown up children.
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    Sensation Class 40

    Class 40
    Jumbo 40
    Sail No.
    FRA 26
    Boat Length
    12.18
    James MansellDouble-handed 044
    I live in Cheshire with my wife and two daughters now 18 and 15. Originally sailing dinghy's I progressed into offshore sailing when the girls were young (fellow competitors were worried that I had an unfair advantage sailing my Merlin Rocket on a lake with a three year old as ultra light crew…..). I Having cruised extensively with the family and have also raced my Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 (Dreamcatcher) mainly double handed with Eric in a number of offshore races for the last few years and we have been reasonably competitive under IRC whilst maintaining a high level of comfort for ourselves. For this years AZAB we have decided to sacrifice our duvets, wife's home cooked frozen meals, comfortable sofas and most importantly hot running water and showers for the excitement of a Class 40 (lets hope it lives up to expectations….).
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    Fluke IV

    J Boats
    J/105
    Sail No.
    GBR725L
    Boat Length
    10.5
    James HardimanSingle-handed 093
    This is my second Azab, but my first time doing it Solo. You can’t miss my J105, “Fluke IV – Ocean Elements”, as she has my Company* logos pasted over the hull. Small recompense for the bills paid to get her ready for ocean racing! I am also raising awareness of plastic in our oceans; and so you will also see logos for ‘Plastic Free Coastlines’, by Surfers Against Sewage. I will also be using the race to raise funds for charity, ‘Sail4Cancer’. I have done about 17,000+ miles solo and shorthanded yacht racing (mostly solo) and at least 7 seasons of solo racing, (on and off), with SORC. Notable races: I’ve done two Solo Fastnets, (Round Rock). And came 8th in 2018 after nearly 6 days of close racing - finishing just 2 mins 47 secs behind fellow J105, Voador. Very tiring! Also 3rd overall in 2017 Wolf Rock race; and 3rd overall in the SORC inshore series in my Sunfast 3200 a few years back. *Ocean Elements is part of Alpine Elements (Skiing Tour Operator) and operates Beach Clubs and Yacht charters in Greece - all RYA Training Centres.
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    ONE WAY

    Jeanneau
    Sun Fast 3600
    Sail No.
    POL 19967
    Boat Length
    10.80
    Janusz MadejSingle-handed 092
    My journey with sailing began when I was 10 on the famous Masurian lakes in Poland. Soon after I moved on to offshore sailing in the Baltic Sea, where I was gaining experience in my youth. After graduating from university, I devoted myself to a career in business and thus sailed only occasionally with my family in Croatia and Greece. In 2017 I again took interest in sailing and gained my Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate in the same year, as well as participated as a crew memeber in various sailing races, including the Fastnet Race. This year I will begin sailing on my own boat, and I am highly excited to have an opportunity to learn more about racing.
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    Boogie Nights

    Dehler
    36 CWS
    Sail No.
    3283L
    Boat Length
    11
    Jayne ToyneDouble-handed 085
    I'm a documentary photojournalist, a university lecturer, an adventurer, free spirit and teller of tall tales. I've owned Boogie Nights for nine years and we've had some awesome adventures together. I've participated or raced in four triangle races, several JOG races and a Middle Sea Race on a sistership 36CWS. I love sailing, cycling, motorbikes and small portably proportioned furry animals. My favourite watch is the night watch hours between midnight and 4am when nobody can see me trough a bag of wine gums or lay witness to my special dance moves. The name Boogie Nights is no accident. I'm a corinthian sailor, without a big budget or any interest in fancy gadgets. It's seat of the pants sailing, and we're not short on cloth where those are concerned. June 13th is a special one for me this year as it marks a milestone age where the answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything is going to be revealed. I'll be planning on arriving in Ponta Delgarda with a freshly baked cake a'la "extreme baking". I wonder if anyone else will be up for the great Atlantic bakeoff?
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    Jachoby

    Contessa
    35
    Sail No.
    GBR2376R
    Boat Length
    10.8
    John BidwellSingle-handed 043
    John is an East Coast Sailor, has been a keen windsurfer and dingy sailor in his younger years and has been solo cruising and delivering yachts for twenty years. He’s now sixty, competed in the last AZAB 2015 double handed on a Scanyacht 391 as a charity fund-raiser, which he enjoyed immensely, last year he competed in the Solofastnet 2018 on a different yacht as a qualifier for this AZAB 2019, the sailing was great and really enjoyed it. Jachoby is a Contessa 35 built by Jeremy Rogers and designed by the late Doug Petterson, it has a great pedigree from the 1970-80s. She may look a bit scruffy for her age but is a seriously well built yacht.
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    Purple Mist

    Jeanneau
    Sunfast 3200 R2
    Sail No.
    GBR 4867L
    Boat Length
    10.1
    Kate CopeDouble-handed 095
    Kate has been sailing since 2006 and bought the first Purple Mist (Sun Odyssey 36i) for cruising in 2008. She has plenty of experience cruising but is relatively new to offshore racing. She was bitten by the offshore bug in 2016 after skippering her first offshore race RORC Myth of Malham. In 2017 she skippered Purple Mist for the RORC Fastnet campaign taking part in all the RORC Races from Cowes. In 2018 she moved into doublehanded offshore racing and raced RORC and JOG. Purple Mist came 3rd in JOG Offshore Class 5 season points mostly due to Kate’s persistence and not giving up. 2019 is the biggest challenge yet with a new Purple Mist – Sunfast 3200R2. With a lot still to learn on the new boat they are in AZAB for the adventure, Kate was the Commodore of the Royal County of Berkshire yacht club from 2012-2018, she is currently a committee member of JOG and a member of RORC.
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    Zest

    Humphreys
    custom
    Sail No.
    GBR 536
    Boat Length
    11.1
    Kathryn 'Kass' SchmittDouble-handed 094
    Awaiting entrants biography.
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    NIRVANA

    Jeanneau
    Sunfast 3200
    Sail No.
    FRA43653
    Boat Length
    9.78
    A latecomer to sailing after 10 years club racing and gentle shorthanded cruising I started shorthanded offshore racing in 2012 and have raced over 15,000NM offshore including the Carribean600 and Fastnet crewed, double handed and solo. In 2015 I bought Nirvana, a Sunfast 3200, and began racing it in 2016. A member of RORC and Solo Offshore Racing Club I enjoy offshore and am looking forward to the 2019 AZAB.
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    Polished Manx

    Brneteau First 40.7
    First 40.7
    Sail No.
    IOM 7003
    Boat Length
    11.92
    Kuba SzymanskiDouble-handed 046
    Kuba has been sailing from age 7. Started on Polish lakes and then moved to Baltic, North Sea which led him to graduate from Maritime Academy as a Deck officer. Sailed whole his professional life on board of tankers as a Master and raced on board of off shore yachts. Last 3 years on board of his First 40.7 Polished Manx. Kuba lives in the Isle of Man, where he is an active member of DBYC - RYA Cruising Instructor, Keel boat instructor, Racing Instructor, First AID Instructor.
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    Maverick

    Rustler
    Rustler 36
    Sail No.
    68
    Boat Length
    10,77
    Mark SlatsDouble-handed 096
    Mark is well known for his Golden Globe Race challenge. He finished the race as runner up in 214 days alone at sea, without modern technology and outside assistance. He has entered the race with his Rustler 36 Maverick in which he coped with a 60+ knot storm, and survived several knockdowns. We hope the AZAB will be a much calmer event.  Mark won the SITraN Challenge race from Falmouth to Les Sables d'Olonne prior to the GGR starting and provided Jean-Luc Van Den Heede with his closest challenge throughout the GGR.
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    Aliana

    Rustler
    Rustler42
    Sail No.
    GBR 3294L
    Boat Length
    12.81
    Mark SmithDouble-handed 069
    Started sailing at age 4 in Salcombe with my Dad and then on summer holidays on the Milford Haven estuary in a variety of dinghies. Loved it ever since. Cruised N Europen waters in a Contessa 28, Rival 38 and now Rustler 42. Did the Atlantic circuit in 1990-91. Chartered in the Med and Caribean. Recently cruised to Svalbard in 2017 via Orkney, Shetland and Norway. Competed in 2015 AZAB in Aliana.
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    Walk On By

    Harley Racing Yachts Ltd
    Reflex 38
    Sail No.
    GBR7389R
    Boat Length
    11.58
    Martin Le GassickeDouble-handed 079
    I began sailing when I lived in the USA as a boy. Apart from some dinghy sailing back in the UK I did not do any regular sailing until my wife and I bought a Starlight 35 in 1997. When we moved to the Isle of Wight in 2000 we joined the Royal Solent Yacht Club and started to race the boat on a regular basis, mainly locally around the cans but also in the West Solent Cruiser Racing Association which included several cross Channel races. We also did a lot of cruising in France, the West Country and the Isles of Scilly. For the last few years we have concentrated on One Design racing in our Folkboat which we find great fun and very competitive. I love challenges and the AZAB is one I am looking forward to enormously. I will be joined by Graham Darby who is our regular crew on our Folkboat. We will be competing in a Reflex 38 which should be a very suitable boat and is a great boat to sail.
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    Noon Hi

    Dehler
    36 CWS
    Sail No.
    GBR 9630
    Boat Length
    11m
    Mel SharpDouble-handed 010
    Mel has had a lifelong relationship with sailing and served in the Royal Marines for 11years, before leaving in 1990 to start a new career. His interest in sailing introduced him the world of yacht rigging and also spent 2 years working as a commercial diver in Angola. A2 Rigging was formed in 1996 and is now based in Falmouth, which is run as a family business with Mel, wife Melanie and Daughter Claire. Having competed in the Fastnet and numerous regattas both in the UK and abroad the challenge of the AZAB from our home port has been on the to do list for several years. Claire at 33 was introduced to sailing at a very early age and having worked as a sailing instructor in the Mediterranean, completed two transatlantic crossings and sailed competitively in dinghies, yachts and with her Dad on numerous family boats is looking forward to sailing with her Dad in this year AZAB race. Mel and Claire have sailed together for 30 years on many boats, including the families boat Rainbows Child a Hunter Delta 25, an Osprey Dinghy, Riff Raff a First Class 8 and now for the last 8 years they have raced both locally and travelled with the rest of the family on their Stephen Jones Half Tonner 'Demolition' It cannot go without saying that they are both looking forward greatly to this adventure and are immensely grateful to “Young Jack” Penty, for the generous loan of his Dehler 36 “NOON HI’’
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    Arethusa of Yealm

    Bowman
    Bowman 40
    Sail No.
    GBR6049T
    Boat Length
    12.06
    Mervyn WheatleySingle-handed 034
    Mervyn is a 75 year old retired Royal Marine and lives near Plymouth. He has competed in seven AZABs, including the first in 1975. He has also competed in five RB+Is and five OSTARs and has totalled nineteen Atlantic crossings. He was a skipper in the first Clipper RTW race in 1996 and also sailed several legs of the 05/06 race. On the 2017 OSTAR, he was knocked down in hurricane force winds and was rescued by Queen Mary 2 after scuttling his Formosa 42, Tamarind. He has replaced her with a Bowman 40.
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    Quivira 2

    Rustler
    Rustler 42
    Sail No.
    GBR 4636L
    Boat Length
    12.81
    Michael HornseyDouble-handed 054
    Quivira II was built by Rustler Yachts in Falmouth and delivered to Mike and his wife, Trish, in August 2006. She has sailed over 30,000 miles since then, cruising in North West Spain, the Azores, and across the Atlantic to the Caribbean (2011). After 3 months cruising the Caribbean, she returned to Falmouth via Bermuda and the Azores. Mike learned to sail dinghies on the waters of the highest sailing club in England, when he was 14. He bought his first boat aged 18, a 20ft clinker-built double-ender, and set off from Lancashire at 20. At 40, he bought a set of plans for a Tom Thumb 24, a lot of steel, and about a million welding rods, building Quivira I in the front garden. In 2000 he sailed this little battleship, single-handed from Fleetwood to Horta, and home again. Delivery of Quivira II, along with retirement, allowed Mike and Trish to spend longer periods cruising. 2010 -2011 was a belated gap year, sailing down the Spanish coast, Portugal, Madeira and a few months in the Canaries. This was followed by the Transatlantic crossing. As supporters of the local charity, Turn To Starboard, Mike took a trip right around Britain along with Spirit of Falmouth, taking several of their veterans. Quivira II has been committee boat for each of the Pendennis Cup challenges. This is how Mike met Neil, as he was involved in the race organization. So Mike is a cruiser, Neil is a racer.
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    Nutmeg

    Nicholson
    38
    Sail No.
    7842R
    Boat Length
    11.49
    Oliver HoldenDouble-handed 062
    Having sailed all my life in various boats, the AZAB has been on my radar for a long time. I currently race a Moth. I've done a number of Fastnets and other offshore races in various parts of the world, and a lot of cruising. I've owned Nutmeg, a Nic 38, for 12 years and did an Atlantic circuit on her in 08-09. Clearly a Nic 38 isn't going to win any speed prizes but I'll be happy to take part and complete the event.
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    Sanda Sund

    Sparkman and Stephens
    S and S 30
    Sail No.
    11
    Boat Length
    9.04m
    Paul UngerSingle-handed 033
    Started sailing as a kid in the 60’s, Sunday’s during summer months, family days out, launched off the small beach within Shoreham harbour, with a home made one off design wood boat my Dad and me made. Although very basic it served it’s purpose and allowed me the opportunity to learn sailing skills and build confidence. Sailing progressed to larger boats cruising around the English channel ports and into Biscay. Competed AZAB’79 with a colleague and friend in “Pegasus” 26ft Stella. We were both marine engineer officers, serving at the time on BP tankers; so this gave us the chance when at sea to learn from the navigation guys the necessary skills using the only available equipment at the time Admiralty charts, sharp pencils, dividers etc., compass, a log and sextant, which was never a success trying to get a noon reading on the foredeck of small boat pitching about. However it gave us something to do over the ten day outward passage. We didn’t bother on the way back just relied on dead-reckoning. We managed first in our class going out but unfortunately lost that advantage after becoming becalmed off the Lizard; out of boredom we took to rowing the next few miles until a westerly picked up. We were more than pleased we’d achieved what we had in my friends small wooden boat and only two sails. To this day, although Sanda Sund is kitted out with all the electronic navigational “mod-cons” which run in the back ground I still use up to date Admiralty charts, along with my 42 year old hand bearing compass when in coastal waters. My sailing now is in the North Sea, mainly off the NE England and Scottish coasts, based in Amble, which is a great little port, gives fabulous sailing around the Farne’s and Holly Island. Member of CYC, where along with other neighbouring clubs have a varied seasonal racing calendar. Sanda Sund being built in 1971 as with all boats does require annual maintenance scheduled upgrading and renew of gear/equipment: this all passes and consumes time as well as ensuring my wallet is usually always empty. Looking forward to competing again this year.
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    Fair Isle

    Rustler
    Rustler 36
    Sail No.
    BEL 231
    Boat Length
    10.77
    Paul WillaertDouble-handed 084
    I started sailing as a boy and raced in all sorts of dinghy classes from vaurien and fireball to laser. I joined friends on their seagoing boats and competed in our local North Sea championships. Soon I bought my own first little yacht and raced with a crew to Ramsgate and Helgoland. I even participated in a transatlantic race: the Constitution Race, on a bigger boat called 'Belgium'. While I sail with passionated friends on halftonners in my homeport Nieuwpoort and abroad I frequently sail out singlehanded to destinations like Scotland, Shetland or other northern regions. I can't imagine having to live without the smell of the sea and the rhythm of the tides. At the age of sixty I think I'm ready for a new and bigger adventure.
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    Viking Lord

    Westerly
    Falcon 35
    Sail No.
    GBR 4842L
    Boat Length
    10.54m
    Paul McSorleyDouble-handed 059
    Mid 50’s from N. Ireland looking for a good sailing trip. Full time NHS Anaesthetist and part time sailor. Married with 3 daughters. Over 30 yrs sailing with a few blue water passages. Yachtmaster Offshore and member of International Association of Cape Horners. When not sailing these days I also enjoy general roaming and the resurgence in craft beers. I aim to make it to the start line and to complete both legs with respectable times.
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    Freshly Squeezed

    Current Marine
    TR36 Race
    Sail No.
    GBR01M
    Boat Length
    11
    Paul BrantDouble-handed 053
    Semi-professional dancer, poet and spirit guide life coach. Likes sailing, cycling, running, motorcycles, the colour orange and long uncomfortable silences. Dislikes social media, the internet and pretty much everything else. GSOH
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    Autarky

    Maxi
    38 Plus
    Sail No.
    GBR5970
    Boat Length
    11.39
    Peter SharpDouble-handed 035
    I started sailing with my Father aged 8 in the Carrick Roads, Falmouth on a 42' Robert Clarke design, named John Dory. Lots of local cruising and racing in my teens and many trips across the channel. Plenty of sailing in my 20's, including a number of deliveries to the Med and Canary Islands. Spent a season in the West Indies in my 20's culminating in sailing the boat back to the UK. Family and work commitments took priority over sailing for many years until I purchased a Holman Sloop called Illusion of Lorne. I logged over 20000 NM on her, both racing & cruising, including competing and winning our class in the AZAB in 2007. I kept Illusion in Spain for a coupe of years and sailed her home in 2013. My most recent trip was from Mallorca to Antigua in a Oyster 56. I sold Illusion three years ago and now own Autarky, she's not as racy but packs a punch in the right conditions!
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    Zephyrin

    Jeanneau
    Sunfast 3200
    Sail No.
    FRA39057
    Boat Length
    9.80
    Pierrick PenvenSingle-handed 039
    Researcher in oceanography - Owner of Zephyrin since 2013 - Several solo/double races: Transmanche en double 2016 & 2017 (1st), Pornic-Baiona-Pornic 2013 (2nd), Course des Iles 2014 (3rd) & 2017 (1st), La Sailtica 2014 (1st solo), Transquadra 2014-2015 (1st solo) - I am trilled to go back to the Azores after a memorable stop over in Horta in 2015 with Bill Caldwell.
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    Jangada

    JPK
    JPK1010
    Sail No.
    GBR958R
    Boat Length
    10.0
    Richard PalmerDouble-handed 012
    50,000nm yachting experience. 1st IRC2 and 2-handed RORC Transatlantic Race 2017. Winner of the RWYC Round Britain and Ireland Double Handed race in 2014. Has competed in eight RORC Fastnet races, the first time in 1991.
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    eXehibitionist

    X Yachts
    XC - 38
    Sail No.
    GBR 4750L
    Boat Length
    11.58
    Rick NewcombeDouble-handed 017
    Rick Newcombe. Exmouth UK. Have been sailing for 50 years dinghies and more latterly offshore. Racing and Cruising but over the last few years have developed a passion for longer distance short handed sailing, a tack or gybe every couple of hundred miles seems about right! Will be sailing Double handed with Neil King. Still lots to learn as we build on our experience and get to know 'eXehibitionist' our XC -38. After the Triangle race and longish 500 mile plus cruising passages the AZAB represents a great challenge for us. Looking forward to it.
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    Bigfoot

    J Boats USA
    J105
    Sail No.
    MLT 105
    Boat Length
    10.5
    Rob NelsonDouble-handed 089
    I have been messy about with boats since I was 7 years old. First on sailing dingys, on friends yachts and then on my first yacht a Rival 32. In 2006 I caught the offshore racing bug and raced fully crewed in many races including Round Britain and Ireland, Round Ireland, Caribbean 600 and Fastnet. In 2012 I did an Atlantic crossing on the ARC in a classic 1936 wooden boat. In 2013 I started racing double handed and bought Bigfoot. I co-skippered the outward bound leg of the AZAB in 2015 in a friends J105 called Juliette. I have raced Bigfoot in multiple shorthanded races including two fastnets and have decided to complete the full AZAB race in my own boat this year.
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    Milou

    Olle Enderlein
    OE32
    Sail No.
    GBR4846L
    Boat Length
    9.89
    Rory HamiltonDouble-handed 055
    Mark Thompson and Rory Hamilton first sailed together in 2003 as junior deck officers on the RFA Wave Knight when she was deployed to the Caribbean and Eastern USA. They both sail 32ft boats, often with their families and sometimes single handed. Mark competed in the solo Fastnet last year on his Contessa 32 Syzygy. Last summer Rory and his family sailed Milou from Scotland to the Channel Islands to meet Mark and his family who are based on the Solent. The previous summer Milou and Syzygy rendezvoused in the Isles of Scilly. They regularly sail with each other including the Round the Island Race and longer passages too. Mark and Rory are looking forward to the challenge of their longest planned voyage to date and all the social opportunities of the AZAB.
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    Concise 2

    Class 40
    Akilaria 2
    Sail No.
    GBR 93
    Boat Length
    12.18
    Simon CostainDouble-handed 083
    I've sailed in the AZAB twice before, firstly 2011 in the Class 40 FORTITUDE, but had to retire with a broken bowsprit 600nm out; but completed the 2015 races in my X-50 XANADU. I now race the Akilaria 2 Class 40 CONCISE 2 and really look forward to the 2019 races out and hopefully back again! In the meantime I have completed my third Atlantic trip, this time in XANADU, incorporating the Caribbean 600 race and Antigua race week. I'm looking forward to the AZAB again, with the welcome break and camaraderie in Ponta Delgarda, this time with my long term sailing buddy Paul Hooker on the outbound leg and with my brother Adam Costain on the return, both of whom have sailed and raced with me many miles offshore.
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    SHUNA

    WESTERLY
    OCEAN 33
    Sail No.
    GBR974R
    Boat Length
    10.15
    Stephen ThomasDouble-handed 029
    First competed in AZAB in 1987 in Quilla, a Starlight half Tonner. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would have loved to have done it again but work and life restricted me to short offshore and regatta racing and two weeks summer cruising ! Now I finally can make the time. Helena (my wife) and I competed in the Yachting Monthly Channel Triangle in 2018 as part of our preparation and thoroughly enjoyed it. So here's looking forward to AZAB 32 years after my first attempt.
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    Spirit of Taranto

    Contessa
    Contessa 32
    Sail No.
    GBR 5659
    Boat Length
    9.75
    Stuart CrassDouble-handed 068
    I’m a Seagoing Engineer working on passenger ships mostly in Alaska and the Caribbean. This gives me long leave periods in which to go sailing. Spirit of Taranto is a 1979 Contessa 32 based in Amble, Northumberland. She has been in my ownership since 2015 since when we have completed in the North Sea Race to Holland and spend time on the West Coast of Scotland as well as Orkney and Shetland. Our qualifying passage was the return trip from Lerwick to Amble. In 2017 I spent 3 months with the World Arc Rally crossing the Indian Ocean from Lombok, Indonesia to Cape Town on a Hallberg Rassy 46. Having sailed with my Co-Skipper for over 20 years in many different boats we finally have the right boat and the time available to compete in the AZAB 2019.
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    Jurate

    Maxi
    1050S
    Sail No.
    GBR4748L
    Boat Length
    10.25
    Terry AshworthDouble-handed 061
    Terry and Matt,  a father & son team! I have been boating for over 40 years, enjoying power boating in the 70’s teaching Scouts water skills in the 80’s, and cruising with my family since the 90’s. Matt grew up in and around boats – we had Westerly Konsort (the “floating caravan”) and later a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 32 which we cruised around the C.I., Normandy and Brittany coasts. I have occasionally raced my cruising boats – primarily in the local passage races including the annual Guernsey – Jersey race. However, I have always wished to do a long distance trip. Matt has crewed round the cans on a J97 for a few years and he suggested we combine our aspirations and compete in the AZAB. We decided the Maxi 1050 is the ideal boat for the job.
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    Samaritan

    Southerly
    110
    Sail No.
    GBR4673L
    Boat Length
    10.8
    Tim VaughanSingle-handed 051
    I've wanted to take part in the AZAB ever since buying my own boat some 11 years ago. I've crewed in the Rolex Fastnet, Middle Seas and many other offshore races but mostly I enjoy cruising Samaritan shorthanded out of Dartmouth. Samaritan is no racer so my sights are set on enjoying the ride and getting there and back safely.
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    Pride of Erin

    Pacific Seacraft
    Crealock 37 Cutter
    Sail No.
    276
    Boat Length
    11.25
    Tony IrwinSingle-handed 026
    I first learned to sail on the heavy dinghies that were on the Serpentine in Hyde Park in 1972 and have sailed ever since. I raced a Ruffian 23 for over a dozen years and have cruised the Irish Coast, the North Channel, Clyde and Hebrides for many years with my family in the summer and Belfast Lough on my own in the winter. I am proud to be a member of both the Royal Highland Yacht Club and the Irish Cruising Club. I look forward to racing to the Azores in a boat that was designed in the mid 1970s and built in the mid 1990s. I rely on my Hydrovane, Baldric, to steer for me and have not been disappointed in his ability to keep me right in light and heavy winds. The cutter rig makes life more comfortable in heavier weather. My intention is to sail the course and if I do that at reasonable speed I will be more than satisfied.
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    Je Vole

    Jeanneau
    Sun Fast 3200
    Sail No.
    GER 7525
    Boat Length
    9,79
    Udo SchallenbergDouble-handed 005
    I am sailing since 33 years, during this time I've done around 40000 miles. First a few years on charter boats, then 26 years a Waarschip 1010, a wonderful strong and fast boat, and since 2015 a Sun Fast 3200. The idea for participating in the AZAB was born 20 years ago aboard ' Wolfies Toy ', an Open50 by my friend Wolfgang Quix. The first leg I will do with my wife Sabine, and the second leg with my friend Christoph Vitzthum. My home sailing area is the Baltic Sea. I have participated in the following regattas: 1 X Skagen Round (Crew Race) 4 X Silverrudder (single-handed) 2 X Bornholm Round (Crew Race) 1 X Colin Archer Memorial Race (Doublehanded) And now we're looking forward to MailaSail AZAB 2019!