Adventurous Crew Wanted

Are you up for the Ocean Globe Race? Do you want to race around the world on a Swan 57 as part of a fun exciting team? Want to learn celestial navigation and gain Southern Ocean experience under the command of Mark Sinclair? Are you looking for a life defining moment? Maybe you are just after ocean sailing experience? The opportunity is now! Join the crew of EXPLORER and be ready for the ride of your life!

Join us in the 2023 Ocean Globe Race celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first 1973 Whitbread Race. 

To sail in the OGR is a truly unique experience. You join a special group of people and all entrants in this amazing adventure are a close knit OGR family! The shared challenges are real and adventure is everywhere. Safety is the number one consideration for all sailing onboard EXPLORER. People die in ocean racing and we want all our crew home safe. Risk minimisation and watching out for everyone on board 24/7 is paramount. There are no shortcuts and while the OGR is a race, getting home safely and enjoying this once in a lifetime experience is far more important.

You will become an active crew member on board. This means that you will share all duties including washing dishes and cleaning the toilet! Sometimes it is hard work, you may lack sleep and sometimes rather just stay in your bunk… but that is not how things happen. You will be allocated some special task and areas of responsibility for the team, based on your current experience and life skills. You may be expected to increase those skills leading up to the start of the OGR. You will become part of the decision-making process leading to the start and during the race. You are involved from the moment you sign on.

Your Invitation to Adventure

If I could choose any boat to race around the world through the Southern Ocean it would be a Swan 57.

Don McIntyre

Designed by Olin Stephens and first launched in 1977, she’s one of the all-time classic S&S designs, built by one of the world’s best builders. She evolved directly from the 1973 Whitbread Race experience of the Swan 65 SAYULA winning that event.

With a head-turning sleek look, oozing sex appeal amongst a world of production pop outs, she stands alone in any crowd. Her fierce reputation as a strong, safe, go anywhere and comfortable ocean going thoroughbred, is complimented by her timeless beauty as a classic yacht.

If you always wanted to race in the Whitbread, but missed the chance, now there is the 2023 Ocean Globe Race and our Swan 57 ketch is up for that challenge and looking for crew!

I truly wish I could sail in the OGR, but I have to organise it. I would also love to race around Cape Horn again. After a year spent thinking about it and another year hunting for the right yacht, I now have my beautiful Swan 57! I will race in leg three of the OGR around Cape Horn. It is clear there are more sailors hoping to crew in this amazing adventure than spots available. So here is your chance. 

I have had a long list of yachts yachts and ships over the past 50 years. From my Little Class Globe 580 Trekka, up to my 36m helicopter-equipped ice ship Sir Hubert Wilkins. My new Swan 57 ketch EXPLORER is set for an exciting future in the years ahead, first competing in the 2023 Ocean Globe Race and then in 2025 circumnavigating again in the trade wind route via the Panama canal and Pacific islands. She will be in company with the 2024 Mini Globe Race fleet. You can join the crew on both voyages.

For nearly 25 years I ran adventure expeditions in my various expedition yachts and ships to Antarctica, the tropics and beyond. For most of the crew it was a life changing experience they still live with today. In just nine months, the Ocean Globe Race will set out on a life defining adventure for all the crews involved. For the first time in nearly 30 years, ordinary sailors like you, can race around the world via the legendary Cape Horn.

This new crew opportunity may be your last chance to join the OGR as part of a very special team led by retired navy commander and solo sailor Mark Sinclair (Captain Coconut of GGR fame). We are building the crew right now and you are invited.

You will contribute to make this adventure happen and become a real partner in the challenge. You are more than crew. If chosen, it becomes your OGR entry. You are not a passenger and will have to work for it. You will be wet, cold, frustrated, exhausted, happy, sad and excited like you have never been before. You will probably feel more alive, fit and healthy than you ever have before. Life is what you make of it!

All you need to join the team is a knowledge of how to sail, be full of passion to drive through the hard bits and arrive with a can-do attitude that defines who you are. You do not have to be a hero to apply, but you need to be able to laugh and believe in yourself and your team mates. I will sail only on leg three to race around Cape Horn. But you are in good hands with Captain Coconut as your skipper! I look forward to chatting with you if you apply.

Good luck! Opportunity awaits, so keep the dream alive and stop just for a minute and think, ‘Is this my day for a grand adventure?’

Hope to see you onboard.

Don McIntyre
Ocean Globe Race Founder