Published: Friday, 23 December 2016

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has appointed former Skipper Daniel Smith as Deputy Race Director following his performance in the most recent edition. 

Daniel Smith Appointed Clipper Race Deputy Director

(Photos: Clipper Race - Daniel Smith)

A former sailing and watersports instructor with over a decade of experience on the water, Smith led the Derry~Londonderry~Doire entry to second overall place in the 10th edition race, the best result of the Northern Irish host city’s three-race partnership. As a result RYA Scotland announced earlier this week that he has been shortlisted for its Performance of the Year Award. 

As Deputy Race Director, Smith's roles will include managing the 12 professional Skippers, leading the race office team in each of the international stopover locations, and assisting the Race Director with the operations and logistics of running the world’s longest ocean race.

“I'm really excited to be taking on the role as Deputy Race Director,” says the 36-year-old Scottish Skipper Smith. “I completed my circumnavigation as Skipper in the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race so I have full appreciation for the challenge as a professional, as well as for the crew undertaking and succeeding in such a massive challenge.

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“The Clipper Race is an extraordinary and truly life changing experience in so many ways, and one I am very proud of. I have always had a huge respect for the race team so I’m really looking forward to re-joining them in my new role and getting stuck into helping make the Clipper 2017-18 Race and future editions a huge success.”

The vacancy for Deputy Race Director was created when Mark Light was promoted to Race Director earlier this month following a career move by the former Director.

“I am really pleased that Daniel Smith is joining our Clipper Race team as Deputy Race Director,” says Light. “A successful race Skipper, Daniel led a very competitive team and I have no doubt his personal experiences and dedication to high performance standards will prove him to be a strong mentor to our future race Skippers. 

“As well as Daniel’s experiences on the race, I was very impressed with his professional attitude and ability to perform under extreme pressure. This was a vital aspect of my hiring decision as I need to have a Deputy I can trust to make sure standards and safety are adhered to at all times. We welcome Daniel into the Clipper Race family once more and know he will do a fantastic job in his new role.”

The Clipper 2017-18 Race will start next summer.