Thank you for your interest regarding the position as a Clipper Round The World Yacht Race Skipper.
Below you will find the role information and an application form for the initial stage of the selection process for skippers.
The following information included:
- Selection criteria for candidates applying to be a Skipper for the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.
- Selection process and timeframe
- Provisional Training and Race timeframe
The successful skippers will join the Clipper Race Management team and together will work towards making the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race a great success.
Selection criteria and Qualifications
- Essential Qualifications (see note below)
- MCA Certified/Recognised Yachtmaster Ocean (Sailing) with commercial endorsement (valid for the duration of your contract)
- ENG 1 Seafarer’s medical certificate (valid for the duration of the race)
- GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC)/ Long Range Certificate (incl sat-com)
- MCA Proficiency for Persons in Charge of Medical Care on Board Ship (STCW A-V/4-2)
- Proficiency in the use of Marine Radar systems
Highly Desirable Qualifications
- RYA Yachtmaster Instructor or Cruising Instructor
- MCA approved engine course
Essential experience, characteristics and skills
- Fluent in English (spoken and written)
- +30,000nm Previous Offshore/Ocean experience, with a significant proportion in command
- Significant time in command of crewed yachts greater than 50ft
- Commercial and Media awareness and a professional image
- Offshore Racing experience
- Sound knowledge of IT and Sat Coms in modern marine applications
- High level of seamanship and practical yacht husbandry and maintenance skills
- Strong background in instructing
- Competitive nature
- Excellent interpersonal, man management, team and leadership skills
- Ability to work to budgets
Selection Process and Timetable:
- Stage 1 Initial selection: CV, references, application form and preliminary interview. – May 2012 onwards
- Stage 2 Trial sail (note 1)
- Stage 3 Assessment period (note 2)
- Stage 4 Final Selection Board (note 3)
- Stage 5 Formal Announcement of Skippers – May 2013
1. All trial sails will take place on one of the Clipper 68 or Clipper 60 yachts, sailing from their base in Gosport, UK and should be seen as an extension of the initial interview. This will take 3 days and will be unpaid. Rejected applicants will be notified as soon as possible following the trail sail.
2. Successful candidates will join Clipper Ventures crew training programme for a minimum of three 8 day courses (paid) during which their general performance will be assessed. They will start as a 1st or 2nd mate and progress to skipper when the training manager is satisfied with the candidate’s performance. Candidates who pass to this stage may then be employed in the training programme (subject to individual circumstances) prior to facing the final selection panel.
3. Final Selection Board: This will be an interview with selected heads of department within Clipper Ventures. Rejected applicants will be notified as soon as possible following the board.
- Level 1
At this point the crew are not allocated to race boats. This is an 8 day course on one of the Clipper 60s, teaching basic sailing skills, terminology and safety in an inshore and offshore environment. Crew perform watch systems and overnight sailing. All crew, regardless of their previous sailing experience, must complete one Level 1 course. They also learn first aid skills and sea survival techniques.
- Level 2
The crew are still unallocated. This is an 8 day course on one of the Clipper 68s, refreshing those skills learned in Level 1 and building on them. We endeavour to run at least two Level 2 courses in parallel so that we can introduce the crew to boat on boat racing, performing short courses in the Solent and Channel. The crew also complete their VHF license and learn fire prevention and fire-fighting skills. All crew, regardless of their previous sailing experience, must complete one Level 2 course.
- Level 3
The crew are still unallocated. This is a 10 day course, with the aim to introduce the crew to extended offshore sailing, while enabling them to further develop their sailing skills and acquire new navigational, meteorological and watch leader skills in an offshore environment.
- Level 4
The Level 4 training courses are performed virtually back to back after crew allocation. They are 6 day courses, run by the race skipper on his/her race boat with his/her allocated crew. They are carried out around the British Isles.
We offer an 18 month contract, highly competitive tax free salary* and additional race finish bonus.
*depending upon personal circumstances.