Chris is a familiar and friendly face to our adventurous 2017-18 race crew, working as training mate and skipper at both our UK and Australian training hubs for the last three years.
32 year-old German Chris first started sailing in 2007 when he left school to volunteer at a pre-school in Cape Town. Developing a love for the sea in South Africa, he completed his RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification in 2009 in Cape Town.
Chris says: "The first time I heard about the Clipper Race was when I read Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s book a year after I started sailing. I was so inspired and searched for more information about him online and that’s when I learnt more about the race, I thought it was a great event but never imagined I would one day be a skipper."
Chris already has more than 70,000 nautical miles in his log book and has worked and sailed all around the world including Clipper Race stopovers in South Africa, China, UK and Australia. Working as an Instructor at our Sydney Training hub, Chris also navigated in the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on board CV5 in competition against one of his sailing inspirations, the races very own legend and chairman, Sir Robin Knox – Johnston.
Those who have trained with Chris will know that he has a good sense of humour and enjoys meeting new people from different cultures and backgrounds and has a democratic leadership style. He says: "It can be greatly rewarding when you see individuals growing their sailing skills and the whole crew transforming into a team."
"My greatest reward will be looking back at the end of the race to see what we have achieved together; sailing a 70-foot racing yacht around the world – truly a once in a lifetime experience!"
No stranger to all things outdoors, in addition to his sailing experience Chris enjoys hiking, running and cycling, and recently completed an epic 3631km, 48 day ride from Townsville to Melbourne in Australia. His love for the sea extends beyond being on it but also in it as a professional dive master, with more than 120 dives to his name so far.
Additionally Qualified Persons on board Qingdao:
Race 4, Fremantle to Sydney: Amancio Macia
Race 5, Sydney to Hobart: Amancio Macia
Race 6, Hobart to Whitsundays: Amancio Macia
Race 7, Whitsundays to Sanya: Chris Sargeant
Race 8, Sanya to Qingdao: Chris Sargeant
Race 9, Qingdao to Seattle: Sophie O’Neill
Race 10, Seattle to Panama: Sophie O’Neill