One of nine sailors to compete in the Times Golden Globe Race, Sir Robin set off from Falmouth on 14 June 1968. He had no sponsorship for his attempt to conquer the Everest of the sailing world. With his yacht Suhaili packed to the gunwales with supplies – including bottles of whisky and fruitcake baked by his aunt – 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 as the first man ever to sail solo and non-stop around the world.
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. Providing ocean racing yachts and equipment, qualified skippers and intensive training through it's teaching division, Clipper Training, Clipper Ventures 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. Clipper Ventures has successfully organised seven round the world yacht races for non-professional sailors.
As in business, success on the water depends on strong teamwork, leadership, communication and a competitive edge. With this in mind, we draw on all of our experience organising global events to run our successful corporate hospitality division, Clipper Events, which manages fleet racing for corporate hospitality, management training and employee reward.