A high-performance sailor with 26 years of racing experience under his belt, and an impressive 95 per cent podium success rate from hundreds of races, Chris Brooks will bring a very competitive edge to his role as Clipper Race Skipper.

Having already taught and coached thousands of people in sailing, Chris is a firm believer that with the right amount of effort and application, people can achieve anything. He is most looking forward to watching his novice crew grow in confidence, skill and ability during the Clipper 2019-20 Race.

On his appointment, Chris said: “Sailing around the world with a non-professional team is the pinnacle of sailing. It is fantastic and exhilarating knowing it has been officially announced!

“I’ve always worked in sailing, teaching non-professionals to race, and this was a natural progression and a fresh challenge that I can't wait to get going.”

Sailing is a family affair for Chris, whose uncle taught him to sail at the age of seven. His uncle had learnt to sail with Chris’ cousin who went on to win gold in the Paralympics. Chris notes one of his career highlights to date as a solo circumnavigation of the UK on a F18 catamaran.

Chris believes that a strong mission statement and common goals will pull his team together as they strive for the podium.

When Chris isn’t sailing, you will find him spending time with his girlfriend, Charlotte, and running Tarly, his husky and he will miss them, along with the rest of his family, when he spends eleven months leading his Clipper Race team in their epic 40,000nm circumnavigation.