We are delighted to announce that our Practice Lead for ECA Ocean Trusted Crew Services has been selected as one of twelve professional skippers for the Clipper Round the World Race 13-14. This group of elite professional skippers will lead 12 evenly matched and identical boats, crewed by amateur sailors from all over the world. The Clipper Race is the only race in the world where the organisers supply the fleet of 12 identical, 70-foot, stripped down racing yachts – each sponsored by a city, a region or a country – and man each with a fully-qualified skipper, employed to lead the crews safely around the globe. It’s where taxi drivers rub shoulders with chief executives, vicars mix with housewives, students work alongside bankers, nurses work with vets and doctors team with rugby players. It’s an experience that will change people’s lives. Yet while the crews may be amateur, no one has told the ocean that.
The sea does not distinguish between Olympians or novices and if the Southern Ocean, the Pacific or the South Atlantic decides to throw down the gauntlet, the Clipper Race crews need to be ready to face exactly the same challenges as those experienced by professional racing crews. And, when they return from the biggest challenge they have ever faced, the crews bring home countless lessons with them. The importance of teamwork and the importance of respect. Of giving more than you take. Of learning what your body is capable of. An appreciation of cultures, religions, lifestyles and attitudes that connect with communities right around the globe. These lessons will be fed into our work on Matt’s return and we are planning a series of leadership workshops which will enable you to gain appreciation of the lessons learnt on what has to be the longest and most challenging team-building and management task available today!
We will be keeping you updated with the progress of Matt and his crew as they battle the oceans on their 40000 mile circumnavigation, and you can view details of Matt and his crew here: https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/crew#CV23. The race starts on Sunday 1st September, and we will link to the Race Tracker from that date.