Clipper Ventures Acquires UK Sailing School Hamble School of Yachting

United Kingdom
3rd January 2019

Clipper Ventures Acquires UK Sailing School Hamble School of Yachting

Clipper Ventures, owner of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, has acquired the Hamble School of Yachting, one of the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) leading UK sailing schools. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is part of Clipper’s strategy to grow its involvement with offshore sailing.

Hamble School of Yachting has been running for over 35 years, specialising in helping people who want to learn how to sail by providing a full range of RYA sailing courses and lessons, from beginner to professional level.

The acquisition comes at an exciting time for Clipper Ventures which recently announced Clipper China, its Chinese sail training division set up to meet the country’s growing participation in offshore sailing. This expansion in China will benefit significantly from Hamble School of Yachting’s vast expertise in delivering world leading training.

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Clipper Race Chairman and Co-Founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston explains:

In addition to growing both businesses through their networks of crew and students, there will be the added opportunity to develop the Clipper Race Additionally Qualified Persons and Clipper Race Skipper talent pools.

The Clipper Race is a challenge like no other and whilst 40 per cent of crew have never sailed before, it is an equally tough and enticing accomplishment for those with existing sailing qualifications. Clipper Race crew members often go on to formalise their Clipper Race training through the RYA training programme, with many crew from previous editions completing the Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean qualifications.

Chris Rushton, Principal of Hamble School of Yachting, said:

Hamble School of Yachting will retain its existing name and branding, and will sit alongside Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Clipper Events and Clipper China under the Clipper Ventures umbrella.

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