Round the world race opportunity with teamArchie

If you are aged between 18-24 and fancy the opportunity of a round the world sailing race, then read on!

teamArchie has announced that it will be offering a bursary for a young person (age 18-24) to take part in Leg 1 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race starting in August 2023. The Atlantic crossing from the UK to South America covers more than 7,000 nautical miles in around 33 days under race conditions.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is a unique 40,000 nautical mile race between a fleet of identical 70’ racing yachts. The race was the brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail single handed non-stop around the globe. He wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience the challenge and sheer exhilaration of ocean racing.

The race yachts are skippered by professionals allowing them to be crewed by amateur and often inexperienced sailors of all ages, from all backgrounds and from all around the world. As a crew member you will be trained as an ocean racer, working as a team to be a self-sufficient unit capable of taking care of any situation, no matter what the conditions. Over the course of the voyage you will have the opportunity to fulfil many roles on board from grinder to helm. You will become an accomplished ocean racer but, more importantly, you will learn a huge amount about yourself, about teamwork, leadership, mental and physical endurance. You will learn new skills, make enduring friendships, and witness Mother Nature at her most beautiful and most extreme.

The teamArchie Clipper Race Bursary funds one young person to participate in Leg 1 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – UK to South America – August to October 2023.
The bursary covers:
·       All Clipper Race fees for the Leg
·       Return flight to UK
·       Four weeks compulsory training
·       Travel costs related to training and race start
·       Race Crew technical clothing and safety equipment package

The successful applicant will be required to undergo the compulsory four-week Clipper Race training programme. Run from their UK base in Gosport, Hampshire, the training is broken up into four separate levels of one week each. Provisional training dates:
Level 1, 24th-30th March 2023
Level 2, 22nd- 27th April 2023
Level 3, tbc May 2023
Level 4, tbc June – July 2023 (dates to be confirmed in mid-May after Crew Allocation)

Each of the one-week courses must be completed successfully before you can race. Your fitness levels will improve during training and while racing but a pre-race fitness programme will also benefit you and add to your overall enjoyment of the race. You can read more about the training programme on the Clipper Race website:

Who should apply?
In selecting candidates for this bursary, teamArchie will be looking for young people who:

  • Are aged between 18 and 24 (at the start of the race in August 2023);

  • Ideally have some experience of sailing, even if limited, and a clear idea of why this opportunity in particular will be life changing for them;

  • Can demonstrate why they are deserving of this bursary award;

  • Are available to undertake four weeks compulsory training between March 2022 and July 2023, and are available to participate in Leg 1 in August – October 2023;

  • Are willing to be actively involved in teamArchie on their return by helping to mentor other young people who the charity chooses to support in the future.

    Clipper Race Crew Members join from across the globe, are from all walks of life and have different levels of sailing experience. What is crucial is their level of desire, determination and enthusiasm. You need to be a team player and someone who is tolerant, forgiving, understanding and supportive. Above all you must be able to demonstrate how seizing this opportunity will equip you to navigate your life in the future.

    The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 21st October 2022. Visit to find out more and to apply.