Being appointed as a Clipper Race Skipper was the realisation of a long-held career aim for Ian. Having avidly followed the race online for many years, his desire to be involved never went away as he set out to make his dream a reality.

After starting out racing in Plymouth in 2006 on board a Beneteau 40.7, Ian later moved to the Isle of Wight to pursue sailing full-time, gaining as much racing experience as possible on various different yachts and local races.

Ian has dedicated his career ever since to sailing instruction and racing. Before becoming a Clipper Race Skipper, he raced and led trips all over the world, including around Europe, the South Pacific, Morocco, the Caribbean and Australia. He has made multiple Atlantic crossings and has also crossed the Pacific Ocean.

Prior to joining the Clipper Race, Ian worked for a study abroad organisation, which takes students aged 17 to 25 to sea for three months. During the 90 days voyages, he taught his students to cross oceans, study marine sciences, and also learn scuba diving. The voyages exposed Ian to many challenges and he found watching the transformation of individuals and the development of the crew as a whole an immensely satisfying experience. In addition to his sailing qualifications, Ian has a BA Hons in Outdoor Adventure and Leadership Management from Worcester University.