Dale Smyth was announced last minute as a Skipper for the CV25 team, competing in the Clipper Yacht Race around the world, a lifelong dream of his.
Dale Smyth had his dreams come true when a last minute change on team CV25 meant that he would need to become the yachts Skipper. Dale is a father of 2 and lives in Cape Town with his wife Natalie. After the last minute announcement was made, Dale flew back to SA to make arrangements with his family before heading back to Liverpool on the 31st of July.
Dale is a brilliant skipper with more than 17 years of experience and is the most experienced offshore training Skippers in South Africa. He has over 50,000 offshore nautical miles under his belt.
The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. It’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht.
The Clipper race was started by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. He was the first person to sail solo around the word. The race is in it’s 11th edition.
“My appointment as Clipper Race Skipper marks a long-term life goal for me. I read one of Sir Robin’s books at aged eight and found it highly inspirational. Quite simply, it changed my life. I’ve raced since that very young age, and am also very passionate about teaching novice sailors and taking them to fulfill offshore racing goals.
“The chance to lead a Clipper Race team on a safe, fast passage of the world is something I have always wanted to achieve so I feel absolutely delighted to get the chance to lead CV25. I would also like to extend my personal best wishes to Rick Powell and look forward to continuing the good work that he and his crew have started.” – Dale Smyth
The race starts in 18 days and is bound to be a brilliant one!