Aussie adventurer shares 11-month odyssey

22 September 2014

To coincide with the launch of our spanking new website, we’ve posted fresh Clipper Race crew faces on posters across the London Underground network.

Over two million commuters and tourists using the capital’s underground will get a glimpse of the new faces which aim inspire people to ditch the tube and achieve something remarkable, taking on the world’s toughest oceans.

Australian crew member Mark Pigram, 37 was a circumnavigator on board PSP Logistics during the Clipper 2013-14 Race and his video story features in the ‘Crew Stories’ section of the site.

“It's kind of surreal,” reveals Mark, when considering his inclusion in the crew campaign.

“But so much of the last year was surreal and out of the ordinary. I'm sure it will be a shock the first time I see an image but it's great to know I'll be helping others set out on an amazing journey and sign up for the Clipper Race.”

A Management Consultant before signing up for race, Mark considers helming through the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea as his most challenging moment of his adventure.

“With 30-40 knots on the nose, shipping everywhere, on a cloudy moonless night. That took a lot of concentration.”

Living with up to 20 other people on board a 70-foot yacht for weeks at a time also ranks pretty high on Mark’s ‘Most Challenging’ list but every hurdle has only added the achievement.

“My next chapter is embarking on a new challenge in my career. I'm sure some of the lessons from the race and a confidence that I can deal with whatever might come will come in useful; after the Southern Ocean anything in the office won't be daunting!”

Watch Mark's story, here.

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