At only 23, she will be the youngest Clipper skipper ever - she takes over the title from Alex Thompson who was just 26 when he won the 1997-98 event and he has since gone on to be a runner up in the Vendee Globe. Since 2006, Nikki has sailed over 38,000 miles (many of them with us!) which included skippering the ARC, Cowes Week and the RORC 600, as well as having completed thousands of miles of boat delivieries.
The Clipper Round the World Race has long been known as on of the most difficult and incredible endurance events to ever have existed. In fact - fewer people have completed it that have successfully climbed Mt Everest! At 40,000 miles long, this is the longest race that amateurs have the ability to be a part of and the training for even one leg of the race is long and difficult. The entire event takes almost a year to complete and there are no guarantees of saftey - especially not when fighting the famous storms and waves of the southern ocean!
“The role of Clipper Race Skipper is one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs that exists in sailing. Not only do you have to be a highly capable sailor to be able to complete the relentless challenge of circumnavigation, you also have to be an excellent instructor and leader. "Nikki has vast experience in offshore ocean racing and has impressed us all the way through her selection process. It is great to see such an accomplished female Skipper pursuing a competitive offshore career and I wish her, and all our professional Skippers the very best in the race."
We could imagine no higher praise for Nikki than this!
The Clipper will begin at the end of August. We wish Nikki the very best of luck on her voyage!