Our staff is our greatest asset at Sea|mester.
We’re consistently amazed at the level of skill and professionalism demonstrated by our staff. Case in point – Ian “Wiggy” Wiggin. Recently, Wiggy was declared as one of the eleven skippers to compete in the 2019-20 Round the World Yacht Race. Wiggy will join a team that, collectively, possesses over one million miles of professional experience. As an interview with Clipper Round the World recently highlighted, Wiggy has been working toward this goal for years. “Ian Wiggin…is a passionate racer and sailing instructor who has been working towards his goal of becoming a Clipper Race Skipper for the past ten years. He has extensive sailing and instruction experience across Europe and the Mediterranean and recently completed his seventh Atlantic Ocean crossing.”
The Clipper Round the World Race is a sailing challenge unlike any other. Participants will embark on a 40,000 nautical mile race aboard a 70-foot yacht – guided by a professional skipper – as they complete eight legs of racing in a global circumnavigation. From the churning North Atlantic to the roaring south Pacific, these crews will experience it all as they vie for the title of the fastest crew in the fleet.
The Clipper 70 is truly designed for crossing oceans at high speeds. The six-foot bowsprit allows the inclusion of three asymmetrical spinnakers to increase handling and boat speed. According to the Clipper Around the World website, the Clipper 70 – the most recent iteration of the fleet’s vessel – was able to break a 35 knot speed record during leg six of the race, a section in which sailors will cross the Pacific from Qingdao, China to the West Coast of the United States.
As a Skipper of the Clipper Round the World Race, Wiggins will undoubtedly have his skill and mettle put to the test as he and the crew make a total of six ocean crossings over the course of their circumnavigation. If you want to learn more about the race, head to the Clipper Round the World website and read about the individual legs of the race.
Fair winds and following seas, Wiggy!
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