Brendan Hall

Brendan Hall

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Yacht Racing Skipper, Author and Leadership Expert

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One of only ten people in the world to lead the winning team in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - an epic forty thousand mile ocean sailing race around the planet where the strongest teamwork always wins. Brendan helps create high performance cultures for teams and organisations. Acting as a creative catalyst, he unlocks the latent potential within teams, helping develop resilience, connection, collaboration and better leadership.


Brendan Hall is a professional yacht racing skipper, author, and consultant. He captained a yacht in The Clipper Round the World Yacht race, the ultimate long-distance challenge. The race is a forty-thousand-mile circumnavigation of the globe, contested by amateur crews in identical racing yachts. Although Brendan was the youngest and least experienced skipper in the race, he and his team won it in convincing fashion.

Brendan’s leadership skills were put to the test when, he and his crew were tasked with the rescue of an incapacitated skipper on a competing yacht in the middle of a deadly North Pacific winter hurricane. He swapped yachts and skippered both vessels four thousand nautical miles, across the world’s most treacherous ocean to safety.

A natural storyteller, Brendan explores the driving forces behind his team’s extraordinary result, with an engrossing globe-spanning story that keeps the audience on the edge of their seat. His speeches are a mixture of psychology, teamwork & leadership practice, with a focus on embracing change, psychological safety, emotional intelligence, autonomy, trust and creating a culture of full ownership.  

He has delivered inspiration and outcomes to some of the world’s most exceptional organisations including – PwC, Toyota, GSK, Nestle, Financial Times, Tesco and Lloyds Banking Group. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Ashridge Executive Education, and Cranfield Business Schools.

Brendan is the author of Team Spirit: Life & Leadership on The World’s Toughest Yacht Races. It has become a valuable resource for business leaders and has been featured in The Sunday Times and shortlisted for the prestigious Mountbatten Book Award.

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