Before you compete, you must complete four levels of training on the Solent, UK or in Sydney, Australia.

So, you want to be an ocean-racing athlete and overcome the most challenging conditions on the planet? Then you’ll need to warm up on our compulsory training programme first.

A core element of the race is our pioneering training programme. We’ll kit you out in extreme weatherproof gear as you experience the challenges of life onboard a 68-foot or 70-foot yacht.

From Day One you will build teams, learn the ropes, cook, clean and race. On top of that you’ll learn the basics of yacht maintenance and management, racing tactics, survival at sea and weather routing. Above all, the most important skill you’ll learn is being part of a multi-disciplined, high performance team that will function in every condition that Mother Nature can throw at it.

With lessons based on the experience of having raced over three million miles applied to our global courses, it is in itself a relentless challenge which will see you constantly progressing and striving to ensure that you are trained to the very highest level possible.


Hampshire, UK

Clipper Race Training Department
Charles House
Gosport Marina
Mumby Road
Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1AH
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 2392 601253


Sydney, Australia

Suite 546
Level 5
203-233 New South Head Road
Edgecliff, NSW 2027

+61 (0) 2 9363 2020


Training Levels

Levels 1-3 of training can be completed in Hampshire, UK or Sydney, Australia but Level 4 must be completed in Hampshire, UK.

1Crewing Skills
6.5 Days on the Water
Before you can become a great sailor you first need to be a safe and competent sailor. During Week One you will be pushed to your physical limits. You’ll understand just how well you must be able to function while cold, wet and exhausted. As part of the selection process you will need to successfully complete Level 1 before you’re guaranteed a place on the Clipper Race.
2Offshore Sailing and Life Onboard
6 Days on the Water
Discover how to live at a 45-degree angle for prolonged periods while racing. Learn to work in a watch system and race with broken sleep as you sail through the night. You will be amazed at how quickly the skills you learnt on Level 1 come back to you. Not quite like riding a bike, more like riding a bucking bronco – in a washing machine.
3Asymmetric Spinnaker Training and Racing Techniques
6 Days on the Water
As your skill and confidence levels increase, so too do the demands we place on you. When you race for real, you will do things right first time and instinctively - you’ll feel assured and at one with the waves. We will help you build your confidence and expand your comfort zone. Clipper 70’s fly asymmetric spinnakers, which are fast, furious fun - and hugely rewarding. The flip side is that sailing is more technical, more demanding and more physical. This is where you will really hone your racing skills. Everything will be about sail trim, making the boat go faster and understanding the weather systems in which you’re racing.
4Team Tactics and Offshore Fleet Racing
6.5 Days on the Water
You’re almost there, you can feel the start of the race approaching. Now is the time to put the final touches to your pre-race training. You will train with your skipper and team while racing against the rest of the Clipper Race fleet. You will practice race starts, build your team and really get to know your crew mates. Crucially, you will also start to work on establishing a psychological edge over your rivals. Whilst there are no race points at stake during Level 4, you’d better believe that the race has started. Imagine the feeling as you win practice race after practice race… you’re ready to race the world, one ocean at a time.