Tristan Brooks first took to the water at the age of ten, spending his childhood fine tuning his dinghy skills on the Menai Strait in North Wales, and has spent 13 years working as a professional Skipper, Mate and Engineer.
During his expansive yachting career, Tristan has developed wide-ranging experience and knowledge of sailing yachts and superyachts all over the world and has numerous Atlantic and Pacific Ocean crossings under his belt.
The 35-year-old, who was born in Bangor, is particularly looking forward to passing on his knowledge and experience to his future crew: He says: "A Skipper is only as good as his or her crew so a combination of active training and self-improvement is really important to me. I plan to delegate responsibilities between the crew so that everybody is involved."
Despite his determined mindset, safety is always at the forefront of Tristan’s mind:
"I want to lead the winning Clipper Race team and my duty of care to vessel and crew is essential to achieve this."
Most recently, Tristan has spent a year as the Captain on a 90-foot sailing yacht.
Over the years, Tristan has led a large number of diverse crews with varying levels of experience. His top tips for future Clipper Race crew members are: "Rest when you can, look after your hands and look after each other. It is a team effort."
As well as an experienced ocean sailor, Tristan is PADI rescue diver qualified and a voluntary worker for the conservation of coral in the Philippines.