With less than six months to go before the start of the Clipper 2017-18 Race, we are excited to reveal that some familiar Clipper Events Skippers will be at the helm to take on the tremendous achievement of circumnavigating the world's oceans.

Clipper Race Founder and Chairman, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston says: "The role of a Clipper Race Skipper is one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs that exists in sailing. Not only do you have to be a highly capable sailor to be able to complete the relentless challenge of circumnavigation, you also have to be an excellent instructor and leader.

"I wish all twelve Skippers and their teams the best in their Clipper 2017-18 Race campaigns." He added.

Rob Graham, Conall Morrison and Rick Powell have certainly demonstrated the above attributes. An integral part of the Clipper Events sailing team for the last few years the Skippers have taken many of our clients out for sailing days and regattas including Round the Island Race, our annual Clipper City Challenge and our last Fastnet campaign.

You may also recognise Rick Powell, Lance Shepherd, Andy Burns and David Hartshorn who have, over the past year, welcomed some of you on board our sailing days and regattas and helped show you the ropes, pun intended!

Chris Kobusch and Wendy Tuck will be more familiar to the Australian hub. As in 2016 Wendy completed the tenth edition Clipper Race as a Skipper and on return has temporarily covered the role of Chief Instructor for Clipper Race Australia, putting together the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR) 2017 campaign for our Clipper 68 yachts. Chris has spent a couple of Australian summers in Sydney training crew and navigated in the 2015 RSHYR on board CV5 in competition against his inspiration in sailing, Sir Robin who was on board the other Clipper 68, CV10.

For the first time we will see all of the Clipper Race Skippers race against each other as they take part in the Round the Island Race (RTIR) this year on board the fleet of twelve-strong Clipper 70s. There is limited availability to join us on board so if you would like to take part please contact Emma. More information on the RTIR can be found here.

One of the newest Skippers to the Clipper Race family is Nikki who at 23, will make history as not only the youngest female Clipper Race Skipper but the youngest Skipper in the race's history, just pipping Alex Thomson who won the Clipper 1998-99 Race at 25, and is more recently known for his second place finish in the Vendee Globe.

With over 700,000 NM logged between them, the Clipper 2017-18 Race Skippers are looking forward to passing on their knowledge and expertise to any crew or guests that step on board their yacht.

For more information on any Clipper Event regatta or sailing day please contact Emma here or view our 2017 calendar here