Patrick van der Zijden is an accomplished professional skipper, with over 200,000nm in his log book. The Dutchman competed as Race Skipper in the Clipper 2013-14 Race on Old Pulteney.

Currently living in the Algarve, Portugal, Patrick has sailed his whole life, with his parents taking him on board before he was even born. As a child, he sailed every weekend possible and during the holidays.

After competing in the 2013-14 edition, Patrick continued working with the Clipper Race as a Training Skipper at the events’ training centre in Gosport. Other professional sailing work includes being a charter yacht skipper in Europe and the Caribbean, a delivery skipper across the whole of Europe, and a Yachtmaster instructor for sail and power boats. And he has also sailed frequently on first generation Clipper Race yachts.

Patrick is a self confessed water sports fanatic and hobbies include, outside of sailing, rowing, kite surfing, kayaking and diving.

Some of his favourite memories as a Clipper Race Skipper are seeing new sailors enjoy the magic of the ocean, seeing a team come together, and of course, achieving those all important podium positions.