, 2022-11-15 11:26:15,
After twenty-six years of building Clipper Ventures and hosting 12 editions of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and CEO William Ward OBE are stepping back from the day to day running of the business. Internally appointed Managing Directors, Chris Rushton and Laura Ayres, both of whom have extensive experience within the company, will now lead Clipper Ventures.
Clipper Ventures, which will see the 13th edition of the Clipper Race launch in 2023, also manages experiential sailing brand, Clipper Events, along with adventure expedition sailing company SKIRR Adventures, RYA sailing school – Hamble School of Yachting and Clipper China.
Chris Rushton has over twenty years of experience in the maritime industry, owning and running the Hamble School of Yachting from the age of 21. Since the leading RYA sea school became part of Clipper Ventures in 2018, Chris has continued as its Director, with additional responsibilities as Director of Training for Clipper Ventures and oversaw the launch of new adventure sailing brand, SKIRR Adventures.
In her previous role as Head of Partnerships and Events, Laura has overseen a multi-million-pound global sponsorship portfolio, with a reputation for showcasing brands and building international trade links between partners and host destinations. Laura also manages Clipper Events. This experiential sailing events brand recently launched with an innovative series of UK launches including the inaugural…
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