It’s Not About You! Guy Waites – Round the World Clipper Skipper inspiring leadership interview with Jonathan Bowman-Perks
Guy Waites, Official Race Entrant at Golden Globe Race 2022, Clipper Round The World Race Skipper, Professional Photographer, Frontline Manager Royal Mail
Guy was Skipper Clipper Round the World Race 2019-20
His Top Tip – It’s not about you! Guy said – From the very beginning my professional life has centred around vocational careers, “believing wholeheartedly in what you are doing is fundamental to success”, as a professional photographer for national and international clients across all sectors, as a manager in Royal Mail deliveries, through state ownership to private entity where people mean everything, to my current role as the Clipper Round the World Race Skipper of team Dare To Lead, facilitating the hopes and dreams of a diverse team in the challenging wilderness of the world’s oceans.
- To create a unique ‘RETRO’ non-stop solo around the world yacht race, in the image of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe that draws sailors back to the Golden Age of ‘one sailor, one boat’ facing the great oceans of the world.
- To organise a race where adventure takes precedence over winning at all costs.
- To professionally manage an event where the sailors skill and traditional seamanship alone, rather than modern technology or support crews, gets them home and where the achievement truly belongs to the skipper.
- To give sailors of all ages an opportunity to race solo around the world safely, in a fleet of similar and affordable yachts in the spirit of Suhaili.My name is Guy Waites, I began sailing 27 years ago from Ramsgate on the East Kent coastline, from the beginning my passion for sailing has never left me, sailing has been the common thread that has intertwined my life.
Since those early days I was fascinated by the world of the singlehanded sailor, reading many accounts of the first Golden Globe Race in 1968, ultimately there was only one finisher and winner of the 1968 race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, for whom I currently work as the Skipper of Dare To Lead in the 2019-20 edition of the Clipper Round The World Race.