Rigging and Deck Gear Maintenance Technician

Location Gosport, United Kingdom
Salary £20,000 - £25,000
Deadline for Applications 31 Jan 2023



The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is run by Clipper Ventures based in Gosport, UK. It is the only yacht race which has non-professional crews sailing a fleet of identical, internationally sponsored yachts around the globe. Led by a professional skipper, many of the crew have little or no sailing experience until they start their training. The company also runs a corporate events division, Clipper Events, and a world-class training programme.


This is an exciting opportunity to join Clipper Ventures plc within the technical team.

We are seeking an experienced yacht rigger with knowledge of building and maintaining the rigging and deck gear, who will immediately fit into this busy team in the UK but who will also travel with the race.


Whilst the primary requirement of the role is to maintain the rigging and deck gear, it will also involve undertaking general maintenance duties on all of our yachts whilst they are in the UK (including re-fit) and also during each of the 15 Clipper RTW Race stopovers in various parts of the world. Working knowledge of sailing yachts and their rigging is therefore a prerequisite.

Whilst having good general mechanical skills, the successful applicant must also have experience in:

1.Cutting and terminating standing rigging.

2.Building and tuning masts.

3.Splicing running rigging.

4.Working with and maintaining deck gear.

5.Working aloft to maintain all aspects of the rigs.

Anyone applying for this position must be able to work on their own initiative as well as within a close-knit team and be prepared for long and unsociable hours, working weekends / bank holidays, a demanding work schedule and extensive worldwide travel.

Whilst we are interested in formal qualifications, previous experience and hands-on abilities are equally important. A valid driver’s licence is required.


The applicant will be granted 25 days holiday per year pro rata (see note 1) plus the statutory English bank holidays.

Salary £20-25k, dependent on experience

There will be a six-month probationary period, with reviews held at three months and six months.


Clipper Ventures Plc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, or religion or belief.


In applying for this position, you confirm your eligibility to work in the UK. Please note that legislation dictates that all non-EU nationals are required to be in possession of a valid work permit before they take up employment in the UK.

We are legally obliged to ask you to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. If you are successful with your application we will ask you to provide appropriate documents, such as your passport, visa, work permit or birth certificate in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.


Apart from spent convictions, as defined under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, we are unable to accept your application if you have been convicted of a criminal offence, or if there are any outstanding criminal charges against you.

In applying for this position, you confirm that you do not have any such convictions or outstanding charges. If you are successful with your application, we will ask you to sign confirmation to this effect.


Please send your CV and a covering letter to Greg Miller at [email protected] Applications will be accepted until the position is filled – please apply early.