Andy Burns began sailing Toppers as a schoolboy on Covenham Reservoir in Lincolnshire. By the age of twelve, Andy’s passion for water sports and his drive to succeed saw him set up a second-hand wetsuit stall to fund the start of his watersports career.

Fast forward nearly 20 years and Andy’s vast sailing career has taken him across the globe and seen him log over 100,000 nautical miles working for the RNLI, sail training and superyacht industries.

Having previously had a taste for the Clipper Race as a training Skipper, Andy’s appointment as Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race Skipper is a dream come true: "This opportunity mixes my love for sailing, the ocean, travel, people and teaching. My goal is to safely get my team around the world having forged great bonds over incredible shared experiences."

Andy, 31, from Skegness, is an experienced yacht racer and has competed in three Round the Island Races, six Superyacht Regattas, Cowes Weeks, the Panerai Classic, The Bicentenary, Sydney Harbour Twilight Series and Lion Island Races.

A real-life Action Man, Andy is always looking to push himself and has completed marathons, triathlons, two half Ironman competitions, one full Ironman and the 3 Peaks Challenge. When he’s not working, Andy is also a keen windsurfer, kitesurfer, surfer, diver and snowboarder.