30-year-old British sailor Matt Mitchell is not afraid of a challenge, as shown by his decision to take on a third consecutive Clipper Race campaign.
Matt first joined the Clipper Race family at just 26 years of age as the Skipper of Mission Performance for the 2013-14 edition of the race. He returned in the Clipper 2015-16 Race, taking over ClipperTelemed+ from Leg 3 onwards.
ClipperTelemed+ finished ninth overall in the Clipper 2015-16 Race, with the best results coming the final two legs where they achieved three consecutive podium. After achieving second place in the race into Panama, Matt and his crew secured the top spot into New York and then finished third into Derry Londonderry.
On returning to the Clipper Race, Matt says: “Ocean racing is my life’s passion so I’m delighted to be getting back out on the water for my third Clipper Race. PSP Logistics has proved early on that they are a competitive team so I’m looking forward to helping them continue to achieve great results, and more podiums, in this race.”
With over 150,000 nm in his log book, Matt is one of the race’s most experienced ocean racing skippers and instructors, having trained and led Clipper Race crew for the past four years. As well as his experience in leading Clipper Race teams, he has also competed in three Fastnets, three RORC 600s, the Antigua Sailing Week, St Martin Heineken Regatta, St Thomas Rolex Regatta, BVI Spring Regatta, Le Voiles de St Barths, Cowes Week, Round the Island Race, Hamble Winter Series and the ARC.
Additionally Qualified Persons on board PSP Logistics:
Race 4, Fremantle to Sydney: Trevor Taylor
Race 5, Sydney to Hobart: Trevor Taylor & Scarlett Harris
Race 6, Hobart to Whitsundays: Trevor Taylor
Race 7, Whitsundays to Sanya: Trevor Taylor
Race 8, Sanya to Qingdao: David Kemp
Race 9, Qingdao to Seattle: Trevor Taylor
Race 10, Seattle to Panama: David Kemp