The following crew members from South Africa are completing the full circumnavigation:
Dale Smyth, 35, Cape Town, Skipper of Dare To Lead
Dale Smyth, 35, is one of the most experienced offshore training Skippers in South Africa, having sailed offshore for the last 17 years. He has crossed the Atlantic numerous times whilst taking students, who include former Clipper Race crew, for their Yachtmaster Ocean courses, and has delivered yachts globally across the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
Dale said: “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 fulfil 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 skipper Dare To Lead.”
Steven Finn, 57, Cape Town, Businessman, Liverpool 2018
Steven was born in West Yorkshire (UK), but now lives in Cape Town and went to the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has wanted to sail around the world since he was a teenager and initially intended to enter the Clipper 2009-10 Race. However, the rapid growth of his businesses meant putting that on hold, until now! He is no stranger to extreme conditions (from working in 50C heat in Mozabique to dogsledding in -41C cold in the Arctic Circle) and has run three ultra-marathons in consecutive months. However, he believes that nothing he has accomplished previously could measure up to what he faces in a full circumnavigation with the Clipper Race. He is married with two children and three grandchildren.
ARRIVING IN TO CAPE TOWN
Nqoba Mswazi, 25, Sapinda Rainbow Foundation Ambassador, Durban, Legs 1 and 2, Dare To Lead
A truly inspiring story, South African Nqoba Mswazi, participated in the Pacific Ocean leg of the Clipper 2013-14 Race, at the age of 22, and was one of the inaugural ambassadors of the Sapinda Rainbow Foundation, which trains young, underprivileged South Africans to learn new life skills and encourages them to become leaders in their communities.
Two years later, he is returning, as part of his aim to be the Clipper Race’s first black Skipper. Since his last race, he has completed his Yachtmaster qualification, and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been a mentor in his journey. Nqoba was named Sailor of the Year 2014 by the Royal Natal Yacht Club and has been working as an instructor at Sail Africa, where he worked with his now Dare to Lead Skipper, Dale Smyth. He hopes to change the perception of sailing in South Africa as a predominantly white man’s sport.
Adam Cristol, 31, Unemployed/travelling around the world, Born in Johannesburg, Legs 1 and 2, HotelPlanner.com
Adam was born in Johannesburg and his father, Ian, was born in Cape Town. The family relocated to the UK, where Adam went to the University of Birmingham and now wants to return by sail to the country where he was born. Apart from a two-week sailing holiday with the family, he had no prior sailing experience prior to starting training with the Clipper Race. Adam loves travelling and has an appetite for adventure. After completing his adventure with the Clipper Race, he is hoping to qualify as a holistic life coach.
Lester Watters, 58, Retired Logistician, Born in Bloemfontein (Lives in Pretoria), Legs 1 and 2, Unicef
Lester was born in Boemfontein, went to the University of Free State and now lives in Pretoria. He recently retired as a logistician.
Lester is recently widowed, with one child, and wanted to do something special with the rest of his life. He thinks that the biggest challenge for him will be the cold and wet as he is used to lots of sunshine in South Africa.
Janette Potgieter, 35, Corporate Investigator, London (but born in Pretoria), Leg 2, 3, 4, Greenings
Janette was born in Pretoria but now lives in London where she is a Senior Manager at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC). She had no prior sailing experience before starting her training for the Clipper Race but she has always enjoyed a challenge including climbing mountains, hiking through canyons, bungee jumping, skydiving, and kayaking down rivers. She was inspired to sign up to the race after seeing an advert on the London Underground and now her family in South Africa will be following her progress in the race.
Andrew Sutherland, 48, Director, Johannesburg, Leg 2, Greenings
Andrew was born and lives in Johannesburg, where he is currently a Director of Total Product Solutions Ltd. He went to St Andrews College, Grahamstown and the University of Natal. He is married with three children, Annie, Kim and Stevie.
When he was younger, he lived on a yacht with his family (aged 6 – 10) and sailed from Buenos Aires to the Caribbean, but he has always wanted to sail across the Atlantic and believes that arriving in to Cape Town will be a sight to behold.
LEAVING CAPE TOWN
David Marige Moroko (aka Sello), 26, Sapinda Rainbow Foundation Ambassador, Dennilton, Leg 3, Dare To Lead
David Marige Moroko, also known as Sello, is 26 years old and was born in Dennilton, 30 km away from Groblersdal in a village called Lenkwaneng. Sello was raised by a single mother who works as domestic worker. Sello lost his father at the age of 6. At the age of 9, when Sello’s mother had to look for a job out of town, Sello took care of his little brother with the help of family members while continuing with his schooling.
As young man growing up without a father, this was not easy for him. Sello opened a barbershop at the age of 14 to help his mother take care of the family. The barbershop is still operational to date and he has employed two young boys to work there part-time and during school holidays.
Sello grew up determined to change his life for the better, despite the challenges of his childhood. In 2014 he was one of the young people that were trained in kickboxing by the Ndlovu Care Group through the Tjommie Foundation. Since then, he has not looked back. Sello has learned about discipline through sports and his wish is to teach people the same as a fitness instructor, where he volunteers at the Ndlovu Sports Centre.
Sello will be doing Leg 3 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, sailing the mighty Southern Ocean from Cape Town to Western Australia. After completing his leg, he wants to pursue his dream to open a gym in his community in order to keep young people off the streets.
Lee Mounter, 54, Business Owner, Born in Welkom, SA, Leg 3, Qingdao
Lee was born in Welkom (SA) and brought up in Durban, but now lives in High Wycombe, UK. In Durban, the sea was a way of life for her and she sailed smaller boats and spent time on motorboats. She saw the Clipper Race boats for the first time while in Cape Town but it wasn’t the right time for her to sign up at that stage. She has always wanted to do an ocean race but always felt too busy with her career and being a mother. She used to be an IT executive, but stepped away from that to manage her own pet clothing company. (Interestingly, her daughter, Robyn, is a vet). Now she can manage her time better, she can fulfil her dream of crossing the Southern Ocean.
Cedric Jakobsen, 53, IT Executive, Cape Town, Leg 3, Qingdao
Cedric owns his own boat but is very competitive and wants to become a better sailor through the Clipper Race. He is a Sales Director and believes that there are lessons from sailing that can be translated to business.
He likes to challenge and push himself and believes that life is about adventures not possessions.
Michael Duffy, 52, Director/Civil Engineer, Durban, Legs 3 and 4, PSP Logistics
Michael is from Durban and once helped sail a boat from Cape Town to the Caribbean with his wife, and did some tall ship sailing. He is now based in Singapore, where he is a member at Changi and takes his kids out dinghy sailing.
He was inspired to cross the Southern Ocean with the Clipper Race and to take part in the All-Australian Leg after he met Mark Light (Race Director) and toured Invest Africa, a yacht that competed in the Clipper 13-14 Race edition.
(Clipper Race note: sailed with Craig Millar when he was younger on dinghies).
Shona Davies, 40, Communications and Strategy Director, Cape Town (but now lives in St Albans), Legs 3, 4 and 5, Dare To Lead
Shona is originally from Cape Town but now works in London as a Communications and Strategy Director in the healthcare industry. She is taking a sabbatical to compete in the Clipper Race, which she first heard about when the race left London on a previous edition. She has some previous dinghy sailing experience but nothing offshore before starting her Clipper Race training.
She is no stranger to challenges having taking part in half-marathons, Tough Mudders and she recently completed her first full marathon. She has also spoken openly about her mental health challenges and wants to raise awareness for others. She will now be taking part in three Legs of the Clipper Race because she wants to pit herself against the elements.