Dale Smyth, 35, is one of the most experienced offshore training Skippers in South Africa, having sailed offshore for the last 17 years. He has crossed the Atlantic numerous times whilst taking students, who include former Clipper Race crew, for their Yachtmaster Ocean courses, and has delivered yachts globally across the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

On his new role, Dale Smyth, who is British but now has permanent residency in Cape Town, said: “My appointment as Clipper Race Skipper marks a long-term life goal for me. I read one of Sir Robin’s books at aged eight and found it highly inspirational. Quite simply, it changed my life. I’ve raced since that very young age, and am also very passionate about teaching novice sailors and taking them to fulfil offshore racing goals.

“The chance to lead a Clipper Race team on a safe, fast passage of the world is something I have always wanted to achieve so I feel absolutely delighted to get the chance to lead CV25.”

Additionally Qualified Persons on board Dare To Lead:

Race 4, Fremantle to Sydney: John Charles
Race 5, Sydney to Hobart: John Charles
Race 6, Hobart to Whitsundays: John Charles
Race 7, Whitsundays to Sanya: Mark Askew
Race 8, Sanya to Qingdao: Mark Askew
Race 9, Qingdao to Seattle: Nqoba Mswazi
Race 10, Seattle to Panama: Nqoba Mswazi and Alex Laline