Ocean racing veteran Bob Beggs is returning to the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, to lead the Unicef team for the 2017-18 edition.

The Clipper 2017-18 race will be Bob Beggs’ third Clipper Race campaign. Following his success in leading Bristol to victory in the Times Clipper 2000 Race, he also led Qingdao to a highly respectable 5th place position in the 2015-16 edition of the race after taking over the role part way through the team’s campaign.

In addition to his Clipper Race achievements, Beggs, 57, is one of the UK’s best experienced racer and instructors with over 340,000 nautical miles in his log book. Among his many racing campaigns are five Fastnet races as skipper, numerous Trans-Atlantic and Round Britain and Ireland races.

An RYA/MCA commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor and examiner, Bob has also been the Director and Chief Instructor of his own sailing school for the last eighteen years in Cornwall.

Commenting on his appointment, Bob says: “As someone who has spent the last twenty years building a career in ocean racing, leading a team in such an incredible and unique challenge such as the Clipper Race is always a great honour.

A father of three, Bob adds: “I feel incredibly proud to be representing such an important cause, and getting to make a difference to the lives of countless children as we fundraise and build awareness for Unicef ‘s work throughout our campaign.”

Additionally Qualified Persons on board Unicef:

Race 4, Fremantle to Sydney: Mark Green
Race 5, Sydney to Hobart: Mik Moore
Race 6, Hobart to Whitsundays: Mik Moore
Race 7, Whitsundays to Sanya: Mik Moore
Race 8, Sanya to Qingdao: Mik Moore
Race 9, Qingdao to Seattle: Guy Waites
Race 10, Seattle to Panama: Guy Waites