Please select your home edition
Edition
Official-Team-Gear-Navy-alt1  728x90 TOP
JOIN THE RACE JOIN THE 2019-20 RACE MAGAZINE DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR RACE MAGAZINE Check out the latest photo galleries from The Clipper Race
UNICEF ABOUT UNICEF

Meet the Clipper 2019-20 Race skipper: Mark Burkes

by Clipper Round the World 19 Apr 2019 07:00 PDT
Meet the Clipper 2019-20 Race skipper: Mark Burkes © imagecomms

With all eleven Clipper 2019-20 Race Skippers now revealed, we are bringing you a closer introduction into their background and personalities, and what they might be like to race under on board.

Here's what you need to know about Mark Burkes.

Throughout his 17-year professional sailing career, Mark Burkes has already ticked off many bucket list items in sailing. His achievements include completing a circumnavigation (Media Crew, Clipper 2011-12 Race), being appointed as a relief Skipper in the Clipper 2013-14 Race, skippering in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and Fastnet, and having crossed all the world's oceans more than once.

Having also spent the past eight years preparing crew for the Clipper Race as a Training Skipper, Mark is fully experienced in all levels of the Clipper Race journey. He believes though there is really one major achievement left for him to complete: lead his own team in a full Clipper Race campaign.

His three-month long experience as relief Skipper of Garmin in the Clipper 2013-14 Race, gave Mark invaluable insight into what to expect in his role as Skipper. On places he is most looking to re-visiting, Marks says: "The Southern Ocean, again. It's a magnificent, majestic, sometimes fearsome and very lonely place to be. I love it and loathe it in equal measure."

Mark believes a good leader aims to largely make themselves less and less visible as the team grows in confidence and competence. He believes in clarity, individual autonomy, and the need to constantly strive to improve.

His list of favourite things include the song Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, the book 'The Gulag Archipelago' by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a cold beer at the end of a hot day (or race leg), or a strong fresh cup of coffee on board. His favourite boat meal includes anything with sweet chilli sauce on it, but says onshore, the wish list is a bit more ambitious.

Mark's most memorable moment at sea so far was sailing back into the Solent, through the Forts, to the sound of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston firing the finish gun from the foredeck of Suhaili, which officially marked the end of the Clipper 2011-12 Race and the completion of his circumnavigation.

Away from the ocean, Mark's main interests are motorsport, international films, and writing. In his former career, Mark was a Property Developer with experience in managing several large projects and teams of up to 50 professionals. In 2016, he was Crew Chief for the Race Across America cycle challenge which involved him leading a crew of twelve and a team of four cyclists in a non-stop 3,060 mile race from the West to the East Coast of the USA.

His best advice for his crew is: "The more you put into the race, the more you'll get out of the race. Always focus on the now!" And finally, Mark's life motto is likely to resonate with the majority of race crew as it is: "No one wishes they'd spent more days in the office."

Find out more at www.clipperroundtheworld.com

Related Articles

The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 5
Headsails, tactics and hard work Qingdao is currently in first place closely followed by Unicef, less than 15nm behind, and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam in third as the fleet approaches the Japanese island of Maiyakojima. Posted today at 2:00 pm
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 4
Punta del Este and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam are currently neck and neck It's been some time since the Race Viewer has depicted the combined Clipper Race fleet as achieving a speed over ground of more than five knots, but the fourth day of Race 7: The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race can boast that. Posted on 27 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 3
It's been a bumpy ride but the teams are making good progress Three days into Race 7: The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race, the fleet has been beating upwind and heading north towards Virtual Mark Massey, named after Qingdao's First Mate Rhiannon. Posted on 26 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 2
Another intense day on the water for the eleven teams The inshore or offshore choice had to be made and as the fleet converges to pass Mark Massey, and clear the wind shadow of the Philippines, the inshore route looks to have paid off with Qingdao, Punta del Este and Unicef currently leading the fleet. Posted on 25 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 1
Race route altered because of coronavirus concerns Following the spectacle and ceremony of the fleet's departure from the Subic Bay Yacht Club in the Philippines, Race 7: The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race is under way! Posted on 24 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7
The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race commences Race 7: The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race is under way. The eleven strong fleet of 70ft racing yachts lined up in the sunshine to slip lines, leaving the Subic Bay Yacht Club behind on Sunday 23 February at 0400 UTC (1200 LT). Posted on 24 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7 preview
The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race ubic Bay has given the hard working Race Crew an opportunity to relax, take time away from their 70ft homes and enjoy some of the Filipino culture and culinary delicacies. Posted on 23 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Dare To Lead update
Al Jay, will take over as the Clipper Race AQP of Dare To Lead Experienced First Mate, Al Jay, will take over as the Clipper Race AQP of Dare To Lead, supporting the team from Leg 6 and for the remainder of the circumnavigation. Posted on 22 Feb
Nailbiting conclusion to Sanya Tropical Race
WTC Logistics scoops top spot and first podium of the Clipper 2019-20 Race WTC Logistics clinched victory in Race 6: The Sanya Tropical Paradise from the Whitsundays, Australia to Subic Bay, Philippines in dramatic fashion. Overtaking Qingdao and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam, who finished second and third respectively Posted on 15 Feb
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 6, Day 26
The race remains: Each team made a valiant effort in their quest WTC Logistics, Qingdao and Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam have arrived into Subic Bay, Philippines securing first, second and third podium places respectively in Race 6. Posted on 14 Feb
Official-Collection-Navy-alt1 728x90 BOTTOMiSails 2020 - February - FOOTERGul 2019 GAMMA Footer