David ‘Wavy’ Immelman has extensive offshore racing experience and since catching the sailing bug early at age five, he has recorded more than 350,000 nautical miles in his log book, with over 200,000 as skipper.

Born in Ennis in Ireland, David has called Cape Town home since a young age, where he grew up racing a mixture of dinghies and keelboats. In 1997, David took a brief break from sailing to take on the huge challenge of rowing single handed across the Atlantic from Tenerife to Barbados. In the three years prior to joining the Clipper Race, David worked as a Yachtmaster Instructor in Cape Town, which included skippering training runs from Cape Town to either Rio de Janeiro or Madagascar and back with ten RYA Yachtmaster Ocean students on board.

David’s leadership mantra is to lead by example, and though he wants to balance competitiveness with fun in his team, his ultimate goal is to win.

David’s love of the ocean extends further than sailing. He has served as a Research Technician for the Marine Mammalogy Department of the University of Pretoria collecting and collating data on marine mammals, specifically Heaviside’s Dolphins and Humpback Whales. David is also a keen diver and has logged more than one thousand hours underwater, both teaching and dive mastering.