RB&I – Competitor Details

12th May 2024

RB&I 2024 Competitors Details

boat namedesignmono multiskipperco-skipperclub
ArcsineArcona 370monoKathy ClaytonPhilip KirkWeymouth SC JOG
Sailescapade58'monoPieter HeeremaRichard KlabbersRYS / RYC De Kaag
Paradox 3Irons TrimultiAdam DavisJeff Mearing (4 crew)Helford river SC
Enigma of YorkshireSigma 35monoBob WallaceTim GoodwillRoyal Yorkshire YC
Polished ManxBeneteau 40.7monoKuba SzymanskiMaciek LatoDouglas Bay SC RWYC
RB&I Race - Paradox 3 - Adam Davis
RB&I Race - Paradox 3


Paradox 3 – Adam Davis & Jeff Mearing

Paradox 3
Nigel Irens 63’ trimaran built in 2010 based on an Orma 60 with a larger central hull for some basic living accomodations. Turbo’d in 2015 with addition of curved foils and Bowsprit to fly larger sails. 1st time for this boat to be racing with only 4 crew.

Adam Davis
started sailing Optimists from Restronguet SC in 1993, started pro sailing in 2020 and has been sailing, racing and coaching owners in various sailing yachts and partaking in various offshore yacht races around the world.

Jeff Mearing
Skipper – Shockwave, Nigel Irens 63ft trimaran
Skipper – Mana, MOD70 (ex-spindrift)
Trimmer / Pit Crew –  MOD70, Team Concise 10 and Powerplay
Captain / Skipper – Paradox, Nigel Irens, 63ft trimaran
Owner – Various other multihull projects throughout career, Paradox3 1st step into Racing & offshore sailing

RB&I Race - Arcsine
RB&I Race - Arcsine - Kathy Clayton

Arcsine – Kathy Clayton & Philip Kirk

I, skipper Kathy Claydon, and co-skipper Phil Kirk have sailed many offshore races 2-Handed in Arcsine, an Arcona 370, in particular Round Ireland in 2016, Fastnet 2017 and Lonely Rock Race 2020 and 2022(winners of 2-Handed).

The previous Fastnet Race and LRR from the Solent around Lands End, Fastnet Rock and the Scillies before that final run into Plymouth is a challenging but a most exciting 2-Handed Race.

I have skippered Arcsine, fully crewed in the Fastnet races of 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015. Twice winning the trophy for fastest female skipper. 2-Handed in 2017 with Phil.

My first Fastnet in 2003 was in my Contessa 32, Hurry Angel, when I and Harry won the 2-Handed.
I have been yachting since 1990, I have been a skipper with Sail Training, Adventures Offshore, on their Oyster 49 and co-owned a Contessa 32. In 2004 I purchased Arcsine new and for several years ran Yachting Experiences Ltd, doing RYA training and racing in JOG and RORC.

Co-skipper, Phil, sailed a Wayfarer, with Jeremy Warren, around Britain in a record time of 32 days in 2014. In 2006, completed the RB&I 2-Handed on J110, OJAY with Peter Tanner.

RB&I Race - Sailescapade - Pieter Heerema
RB&I Race - Sailescapade - Richard Klabbers

Sailescapade – Pieter Heerma & Richard Klabbers

Pieter Heerma
72 years old, cruising and racing all my life in anything that floats and has a sail. These days racing is limited to an occasional regatta on Dutch inland waters in a small national keelboat. Earlier experience ranges from 470’s to 3/4 tonners, from Dragons to RC44, Imoca and other classes. I participated ( and finished ) the 2016 Vendee GLobe. The boat we will be sailing the RB&I in is basically a cruising boat and we see the RB&I not as a full blown race but rarher as a challenge and an adventure. I have sailed this boat many summers all over Scandinavia and spent 2 1/2 years on it with the family, cruising to the Caribic, Alsaka, across the Pacific to New Zealand and back to Europe via Cape Horn. Sailescapade is a 2001 Swan 56 with extended transom, making her approximately 58ft.

Richard Klabbers
Born and raised in Medemblik on the lake side of the Dutch Ijsselmeer, where many Olympics sailors came to the Spa regatta and the famous bar Brakeboer. Lived my youth on the water sailing dinghies and small keel boats with many weekends family cruising around the lake. At 15 years of age started to crew on the quarter tonner ‘Funny Girl and ODD 34 ‘Twee Gezusters’ and learned the first tricks of actual racing a keel boat at open sea during mostly wet and cold nights at the North Sea on the weather rail. Saltwater runs through my vains ever since, they say. At 17 I went to sea with the merchant navy and learned a bit more about being a seaman, navigation, weather and so on. I have never stopped racing sailboats and did many years of campaigning the Dutch summer and winter seasons on various boats like X452, Waarschip, Beneteau 53 and S&S 41 (winsome). From the beginning of this century I have been crewing on Winsome who is racing from Cowes doing offshore races under the flag of the RORC. Besides the Northsea and Channel races I have done numerous fully crewed Fastnet races, 2 Round Britain & Ireland races and a double handed Fastnet race on our own family boat a Grand Soleil 40R. The remaining spare sailing time is used to race and uphold our traditional wooden Regenboog which we race on our local lakes. I am sure there is much more to come, I am looking forward to racing the RWYC Round Britain & Ireland race this year.

RB&I Race - Enigma
RB&I Race - Enigma - Bob Wallace & Tim Goodwill

Enigma – Bob Wallace & Tim Goodwill

Enigma formerly known as Jade was bought renamed and registered by Bob Wallace and Tim Goodwill in 2015. Bob and Tim are senior members of the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club (RYYC) and Enigma was until 2022 berthed for summer months in Bridlington Harbour for competition in RYYC club and coastal racing on the East Coast. As Bridlington is an exposed tidal harbour Enigma was wintered at Shotley and Ipswich and underwent an extensive programme of upgrading during the winter months. Enigma is now based permanently at Ipswich Beacon Marina.

Bob Wallace
Bob started sailing at Saltash in 1972 and following a move to Bridlington joined the RYYC in 1975 taught by the late Guy Shackles, (sailing master of “Prospect of Whitby” 1973/1975 Admirals Cup and owner 1 Ton Silver Apple). Bob has 50 years experience in club and offshore racing including, Fastnet, Cowes Dinard/St Malo, Channel and Dowsing races and various passages to and from from the Canaries/ Med and x3 Antigua race weeks. Bob is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster (shorebased) and Dinghy sailing instructor. Bob has raced yachts of all sizes from ¼ Ton / J24 through to Swan 51 and Oyster 53 in the UK, Med, Canaries and Caribbean.

Tim Goodwill
Tim started sailing in dinghys at Bridlington and joined the RYYC age 8 as cadet progressing through various dinghys ¼ ton /J24 /One Ton and later sailed extensively on various boats of 45/48ft in the Solent following his move to London. Tim has a lifetime of experience in club and offshore racing including, 5x Fastnets, Cowes Dinard/St Malo, Channel and Dowsing races, long distance and x13 Antigua race weeks.

RB&I Race - Polished Manx

Polished Manx – Ismail (Iso) Inan, Kuba Szymanski & Maciek Lato

Iso Inan
Sailing experience:
Founding member of Bogazici University sailing team – 2000
Extensive cruising on Whitbread 60 ODESSA in Aegean sea – 2000-2001
Semi professional yacht racing Istanbul – 2001-2002
Club racing on Beneteau 40.7 in Howth Yacht club 2003-2005
Fireball dingy racing All Ireland – 2005 – current
Fireball Worlds Teignmouth UK – 2005
Fireball Europeans Switzerland – 2007
Match racing campaign Italy – 2006-2008
RS UK nationals Penzance, UK – 2013
Tasar Australian Nationals Newcastle, Australia – 2017
ISORA Liverpool – IOM – Dublin race – 2018
Regional regattas on Sigma 33, Galway – 2021 – current
Round Ireland Offshore race on Volvo 70 Green Dragon – 2022

Leg 3 onwards
Kuba and Maciek sail together on Polished Manx for last 3 years, campaigning off shore races, mainly longer ones such as AZAB, Round Denmark or Fastnet.

Acivil engineer from Poland with excessive dinghy experience – 420 and now coach of Opties when not racing offshore.

Professional seafarer who can’t get out of the water.

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