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Following a successful debut in the Clipper 2017-18 Race, Dare To Lead will be returning as a Team Partner in the 2019-20 edition of the 40,000 nautical mile global ocean adventure.
Like the Clipper Race, leadership and inspiration is at the heart of the Dare To Lead ethos. Rather than sail under the banner of a particular organisation or geographical location, Dare To Lead will fly the flag of teamwork, determination, innovation, and leadership as its branded 70-foot ocean racing yacht energises crew, family and friends and corporate sponsors alike as it races around the world.
Following a focus on Africa in the last race and a continued interest in Corporate Social Responsibility via its Rainbow programme, this Clipper Race campaign will not only consider its heritage, but focus on the future. With joint partners Tim and Hailing Harper, Dare To Lead will work with Chinese corporates with a particular interest in Europe to promote its themes of leadership and entrepreneurship.
Dare To Lead Founder, Dirk van Daele, said: “We recognise that in each individual lies the potential to achieve greatness, and they believe that the crew who have the courage to join a round-the-world yachting adventure have the potential to be successful and become leaders in their own right, while at the same time engaging companies on the same basis, and I am particularly excited in scaling into China with my new partners.”
Tim Harper commented: “If I've learned one thing from my time first at the European Space Agency designing missions to planets and comets, or my subsequent career as a technology entrepreneur, it is that without a top class and well functioning team the only possible result is failure.”
While looking forward to the stopovers in China, Hailing Harper added: