The second edition of the Clipper Race started in October 1998 and it was a young skipper named Alex Thomson, who set about setting down race records, which currently still stand to this day.

Still the youngest skipper to win the overall race, aged 25, Alex and his crew on board Arial also collected six consecutive race wins, a record which is yet to be equalled or beaten.

Also on board Arial during the 1998 race was Sir Keith Mills.

“I had been focusing on making money and had become a boring old fart so needed to broaden my horizons,” reveals Sir Keith while reminiscing on his participation.

“The Clipper Race training took me completely out of my comfort zone because suddenly I was no longer in charge, I was broaching in 40 knots of wind and unbelievably tired.

"It gave me a different perspective on life and made me understand myself quite a lot better. It made me change my lifestyle and some of the things I do.

“I ceased spending all my waking hours making money and spent more time doing more interesting things. 

“My worst nightmare was being on mother watch and having to cook because I can’t cook. But I learned how to make bread and how to cook barracuda that we caught off the back of the boat so it wasn’t all bad.

“I can remember it all vividly, sitting up all night mending sails. There were ten of us on board and we all worked hard because we all wanted to win. Lovely, lovely memories.

“The boats were all the same so success came down to seamanship and a desire to win and despite that risky little episode, we were all inspired by Alex to push the boat pretty hard. It was a good happy boat which is probably why we won.”

“I am thrilled to see how Clipper Race has developed over the years, I have recommended a lot of people do the race"

 

View Previous Crew

First Name Last Name Race Boat
Dennis Ainscough 1998-99 Antiope
Martin Crouch 1998-99 Antiope
Peter Plunkett 1998-99 Antiope
Patrick Buckle 1998-99 Ariel
Tudor Lloyd 1998-99 Ariel
Rudd Martens 1998-99 Ariel
Colin Sykes 1998-99 Chrysolite
Dominic Peyton 1998-99 Chrysolite
Ronald Welch 1998-99 Chrysolite
Graham Curran 1998-99 Chrysolite
Katie Turner 1998-99
Christopher Clarke 1998-99 Mermerus
Ted Emmett 1998-99 Mermerus
William Lorains 1998-99 Mermerus
Sue McIntyre 1998-99 Mermerus
Greg Norris 1998-99 Mermerus
Dave Thomas 1998-99 Mermerus
Nicholas Woodall 1998-99 Mermerus
Dave Lyndley 1998-99 Mermerus
Paul Phillips 1998-99
Maggi Fraser 1998-99 Serica
Brian Lux 1998-99 Serica
julie Bjorum 1998-99 Taeping
Stephen Hughes 1998-99 Taeping
Mary Reece-Sheerin 1998-99 Taeping
Kevyn Doolan 1998-99 Taeping
Peter Birnie 1998-99 Thermopylae
Ginny Gilmore (Horne) 1998-99 Thermopylae
Nick Moore 1998-99 Thermopylae
Claire Samuel 1998-99 Thermopylae
Lynne Schoen 1998-99 Thermopylae
Matthew Aire 1998-99
Clifford Allen 1998-99
Sarah Amey 1998-99
Claire Armstrong 1998-99
Crawford Armstrong 1998-99
Simon Ashcroft 1998-99
Ian Atkinson 1998-99
Elliott Bachmann 1998-99
Mandy Baldam 1998-99
Patrice Baten 1998-99
Janet Birkmyre 1998-99
David Bland 1998-99
Laura Bland 1998-99
David Brain 1998-99
Georgina Brook 1998-99
Helen Buchanan 1998-99
Katherine Burgess 1998-99
John Burnett 1998-99
Bruno Calewaert 1998-99
Adam Caller 1998-99
Glen Carrick 1998-99
Roger Chapman 1998-99
Jill Clarance 1998-99
David Cogan 1998-99
Peter Conisbee 1998-99
Rachel Copp 1998-99
James Coutts 1998-99
Bill Culshaw 1998-99
Kirsty Curry 1998-99
Brian Davies 1998-99
Paul Deacon 1998-99
Andrew Dempster 1998-99
Charles Denton 1998-99
Terry Dodge 1998-99
Nick Doherty 1998-99
Dick Down 1998-99
Terry Duck 1998-99
Patricia Eadie 1998-99
Louise Ellett 1998-99
Melanie Farrar 1998-99
Jonathan Fay 1998-99
Kate Fewster 1998-99
Colin Finnie 1998-99
Diarmuid Foley 1998-99
Barry Foulds 1998-99
Helen Frogatt 1998-99
Kyra Frost 1998-99
Dennis Gladstone 1998-99
Tessa Good 1998-99
James Goodsall 1998-99
David Gower 1998-99
John Graham 1998-99
Katherine Grant 1998-99
Athony Grantham 1998-99
Tim Gray 1998-99
John Green 1998-99
Arthur Hall 1998-99
Greg Hamill 1998-99
Ian Harrision 1998-99
Julie Lithgow 1998-99
Jack Harvey 1998-99
Tom Harvey 1998-99
Joe Henderson 1998-99
Nick Hendon 1998-99
David Heyes 1998-99
Vicky Hibbert 1998-99
David Hill 1998-99
Phillip Hinson 1998-99
Roberta Holden 1998-99
Richard Horton Fawkes 1998-99
Robert Hunt 1998-99
Peter Impey 1998-99
Avril Jerrold 1998-99
Carol Jones 1998-99
Fiona Jones 1998-99
Amanda Jukes 1998-99
Glen Keedy 1998-99
Marcus Kemp 1998-99
Andrew Kukielka 1998-99
Lars Lemonius 1998-99
Richard Levinge 1998-99
Heiko Litzke 1998-99
John Lodge 1998-99
Michael Ludlow 1998-99
Kate Lye 1998-99
Kenneth MacLennan 1998-99
Hanny Martilla 1998-99
Jacky Matthews 1998-99
Doreen McKay 1998-99
Karen McWilliams 1998-99
Richard Miller 1998-99
Keith Mills 1998-99
Tim Mitchell 1998-99
Jan Morris 1998-99
Mike Morris 1998-99
Sarah Morrison 1998-99
Ashley Mullen 1998-99
Don Munro 1998-99
Robin Myerscough 1998-99
Conor O’Brien 1998-99
Craig O’Brien 1998-99
Robyn O’Reilly 1998-99
Tim Owen 1998-99
Bill Paine 1998-99
Neil Pearson 1998-99
Panyiota Petrochillios 1998-99
Tom Power 1998-99
Leela Prasad 1998-99
Jo Pummery 1998-99
Avi Reik 1998-99
Gunter Reinhardt 1998-99
Kim Reynolds 1998-99
Tom Richardson 1998-99
Tim Richmond 1998-99
Mark Ridgwell 1998-99
Rachel Rising 1998-99
Rowland Robertson 1998-99
Steve Robinson 1998-99
Tim Robinson 1998-99
Kerry Rubie 1998-99
David Salvesen 1998-99
Michael Scallan 1998-99
David Scott 1998-99
Kim Seng 1998-99
Eleanor Shanks 1998-99
Frank Shanley 1998-99
Phil Shaw 1998-99
Gurd Shergill 1998-99
Sarah Sherman 1998-99
Iain Speedie 1998-99
Paul Stableforth 1998-99
Andy Steavenson 1998-99
Bill Stevens 1998-99
Will Stevens 1998-99
Robert Storey 1998-99
Prue Swarbrick 1998-99
Suzie Tanser 1998-99
Sue Thatcher 1998-99
Greg Thomas 1998-99
Marjorie Titterington 1998-99
James Tree 1998-99
Abbey Tunbridge 1998-99
Peter Twachtmann 1998-99
Kathy Tyson 1998-99
Graham Vale 1998-99
Gueorgui Vassilev 1998-99
Alan Vaughan 1998-99
Gareth Venning 1998-99
David Vincent 1998-99
Jan Vohnik 1998-99
Jo Walding 1998-99
Ralph Ward 1998-99
Sue Webber 1998-99
Alastair Whall 1998-99
Steve Wheeler 1998-99
Craig Williams 1998-99
Ian Williams 1998-99
Tony Wilson 1998-99
Charlotte Winser 1998-99
Terry Wolfe 1998-99
Catherine Woolner 1998-99
Iona Worthington 1998-99
Stephen Wright 1998-99
Masahito Yamamoto 1998-99
Graeme Yell 1998-99
Bozer Yigit 1998-99
Robert Young 1998-99
Monica Yunnie 1998-99
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