Clipper Events

Welcome to Clipper Events

Welcome to Clipper Events, the premier provider of sailing hospitality, team development days and fleet racing.

We own the famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet, which has become increasingly popular for corporations who acknowledge the synergies between success in the boardroom and success on the water and who wish to stand out from their competition by offering stakeholders more than the average sailing experience. Sailing may be the theme but developing relationships, business opportunities and executive talent is at the heart of what we do.

As a corporate team building experience, big boat sailing is not only a thrilling prospect for participants, it also cultivates team bonds and collective performance skills to meet business objectives back in the office.

Competing in an iconic yacht race against household names is an opportunity, which creates a memorable experience for all your guests. Alternatively, hosting a company-wide regatta can bring together clients and employees while they get to grips with racing one yacht, or the whole fleet. Our UK racing fleet is capable of hosting between eight and 264 guests at any one time; while our Australian hub focuses on team building and hospitality days.

About Clipper Ventures

Clipper Ventures is the international marine events company founded by legendary yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and CEO William Ward, in 1995.

Clipper Ventures own and has successfully organised nine series of the bi-annual Clipper Round the World Yacht Race; the professional solo round the world VELUX 5 OCEANS; as well as this corporate events division and two world-class training centres. It owns a fleet of twelve Clipper 70-foot and ten Clipper 68-foot ocean racing yachts.

The Race Headquarters is based in Gosport, UK with a corporate events and ocean racing training academy in Sydney, Australia.

About Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

More than 40 years have gone by since Sir Robin Knox-Johnston made history by becoming the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the globe in 1968-69. One of nine sailors to compete in the Times Golden Globe Race, Sir Robin set off from Falmouth, with no sponsorship, on 14 June 1968.

With his yacht Suhaili packed to the gunwales with supplies he set off on a voyage that was to last just over ten months. He arrived back in Falmouth after 312 days at sea, on 22 April 1969, securing his place in the history books.

Sir Robin wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience the challenge and sheer exhilaration of ocean racing. As he says, “Fewer people have raced a yacht around the globe than have climbed Mount Everest.” In 1995 he set up Clipper Ventures, which has transformed more than 4,000 novices into racing yachtsmen and women, many of whom have achieved the pinnacle of ocean sailing – a full circumnavigation.

Among many other races, in 2007 he circumnavigated again in the VELUX 5 OCEANS race at the age of 68. For his latest challenge, Sir Robin will compete in the 10th anniversary edition of the Route de Rhum race which starts in St Malo, France, on November 2 2014, and finishes at the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.