27 October 2015

Highly accomplished ocean racing skipper and instructor Bob Beggs is to take the helm aboard Qingdao in Cape Town for the remainder of its global Clipper 2015-16 Race campaign. The former British Army commando led the winning team in The Times Clipper 2000 Round the World Race.

“I am really looking forward to leading the Qingdao team. They have demonstrated a highly competitive spirit in their first two races and I will work with them to continue to develop their campaign to ensure they have a rewarding race experience.”

Beggs, 55, is a successful ocean racing veteran. He achieved his first Atlantic crossing under sail in a Camper Nicholson ketch in 1988. He led Bristol Clipper to victory in The Times Clipper 2000 Race and is an experienced sailing instructor. Among his many racing campaigns are five Fastnet races as skipper, numerous Trans-Atlantic and Round Britain and Ireland races. In addition he has a wide range of activity interests which include diving, parachuting and skiing.

He replaces Skipper Igor Gotlibovych, who left the race following its arrival in South Africa. Race Director Justin Taylor said: “Bob is a very experienced skipper. I am confident he will bond quickly with the Qingdao crew and will help them develop their skills and success even further.

“We decided to part company with Igor by mutual agreement and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

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