Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder of the Clipper Round the World race had some wise words for the 10 men chosen as skippers for the 2011-12 race which starts on 31 July. He just about summed up the skills required of any serious offshore racing skipper, when he said:
Leading a team in a race around the world is one of the hardest and most challenging jobs that any skipper could ever undertake and we’re confident these 10 men are up to this challenge. They have all been through a lengthy and rigorous selection process and we have chosen a group of exceptional individuals as our race skippers. They have the ability to draw the line between competitiveness and safety while, at the same time, motivating the crew to retain their focus during races lasting several weeks at a time, whether it be through roaring gales and towering seas or the frustration of tricky calm spells.
Read more about the skippers and their crew on the Clipper Round the World website.