Seumas Kellock, 26, from Edinburgh, has been working solidly towards the goal of becoming a Clipper Race Skipper for the past three years.
Aboard Unicef (CV21) in the 2017-18 edition of the race, Seumas raced almost 50,000 nautical miles, crossed six oceans - including the mighty North Pacific where the fleet faced phenomenal sea states with 14-metre-high waves, hurricane force winds, and boat speeds up to 35 knots – and endured extreme heat and freezing conditions. And while facing all that Mother Nature could conjure up, there was also the challenge of building a team made up of people from all walks of life, aged from 18 to 73, and from 15 different countries.
It was in these testing conditions that Seumas’ natural leadership qualities came to the fore. Despite being one of the youngest members of team Unicef (CV21), he was put forward and excelled at the Clipper Race Coxswain Course, and was then appointed as a Watch Leader for the full circumnavigation.
Despite the conditions faced during his last crossing, Seumas is most looking forward to the North Pacific Leg in the Clipper 2019-20 Race, saying he is eager to experience it’s sheer vastness once again.
And in a tip for Seumas’ future team, he is happy with anything that comes out of the galley, so as long as the dessert is swimming in custard.