Oustanding Yachtsman, Inspirational Adventurer & Author of the bestselling book “Close to the Wind”.
A former Royal Marine, Pete has taken on numerous endeavours that share the same four principles; innovation, technology, challenge and adventure. An acclaimed International Speaker, he draws on his experiences to offer leadership and management talks, team-building exercises and training sessions, inspiring individuals and groups to achieve beyond what they thought possible.
He has raced in seven transatlantic and two round-the-world races sailing over 330,000 nautical miles. He advocates that the are four consistent components to each of his challenges which are (i) innovation (ii) technology (iii) challenge and (iv) adventure.
He is most noted for unselfishly risking his own life by turning around to rescue French sailor Raphael Dinelli who was in difficulty in a fierce hurricane in the Southern Ocean. For his courage, he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur and an MBE and voted World Sailor of the Year.
A regular lecturer at business schools, he is an Associate Fellow of Said Business School at Oxford University.
Recently Pete built the 37’ Cornish Lugger ‘Spirit of Mystery’ (as seen on BBC Coast) which he sailed with family members, including his fourteen-year-old son, to Melbourne. This recreated the voyage of the smallest migrant vessel to make it to Australia 150 years ago. Rowing out of the harbour and navigating by the stars, they faced many challenges including a ferocious Southern Ocean storm that rolled them upside-down and broke a crewman’s leg. However, they still reached Australia together.
In addition to this Pete circumnavigated Tasmania by sea kayak; with limited communication, he has been exposed once again to the Southern Ocean and the notorious Bass Strait.
Pete understands the need to deliver real performance; he achieves this through mentoring and empowering individuals, motivating teams and driving companies forward…
"Pete was simply one of the most inspirational speakers we’ve ever had, and his messages about the importance of teamwork and innovation were very relevant for our business. He’s a great story teller, and an incredibly humble and likeable guy. The feedback from our event was overwhelmingly positive about him and his message, so I’d strongly recommend him."
“Pete’s presentation, like the oceans he has sailed, has an underlying calm, while on the surface the audience are hit with waves of ideas, advice and emotions that leave a lasting and valuable impression in the business world. An amazing speaker.”
“I have to say that Pete’s presentation was absolutely first class, his presentation skills were spot on, mixed with a sense of life experiences, challenges and real business issues that he has overcome during his obviously challenging career. I am pleased to say that everyone in my audience has remarked at how impressed they were with his presentation and that it put a lot of the issues that my business is facing, into context and how uplifted they felt after his presentation.”