Nigel Parry is an accomplished offshore sailor, skipper and instructor with over 80,000nm in his log book. A staple within the Clipper Race Training department, Nigel has worked as a Training Skipper since 2013 and is also well renowned with Clipper Race crew having trained a crew member on almost every team in the past four editions.
Currently residing in Hanover, Germany, but hailing from Wilmslow, UK, the 56-year-old started sailing professionally in 1994. His love for the sport started when he was a child when his dad saw a dinghy for sale on the side of the road and brought it home for the family to learn how to sail on.
Nigel has worked all over the world, spending time in the Mediterranean as a flotilla skipper, working for RYA sailing schools in the Canary Islands, as well as in schools across the UK. He has previously sailed in the Pacific, as an instructor delivering ASA coastal and offshore cruising schemes from California. He ran a sailing school in Germany for many years, and also has been part of a civilian team of instructors training British military personnel in offshore sailing and powerboating. Having done several Atlantic crossings, one of his most memorable was going from West to East, using only celestial navigation with no electronic navigation equipment.
Sailing is Nigel’s life, when not teaching others, he can be found working and sailing on his family's classic yacht.
Nigel is looking forward to being a Clipper Race Skipper on the race, building camaraderie within the team and is excited to cross the mighty North Pacific.