Pete Goss MBE

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Pioneering Adventurer

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Pete first made headlines when he risked his life rescuing French rival Raphael Dinelli in the Vendée Globe. Pete sets sail in the 37ft wooden Spirit of Mystery, recreating the seven Cornishmen’s heroic journey to Australia more than 150 years ago, using no engine and navigating only by the stars and sun. He also competes in the RIBS Arctic Challenge.


One of Britain’s most highly regarded sailors, Pete Goss first captured the headlines whilst competing in the Vendée Globe. Risking his own life in the midst of a fierce Southern Ocean hurricane, Pete turned around to rescue French rival Raphael Dinelli from his stricken vessel.

Since winning his first offshore race at 16, Pete has sailed over 200,000 nautical miles, coming in the first three in every event in which he has participated. He has also taught hundreds of amateurs the skills required to circumnavigate the globe.

Pete attempted a world record with the revolutionary Team Philips catamaran. Sadly it was brought to grief during Atlantic trials by freak waves of such velocity that they halted the progress of the 120ft boat - larger than the centre court at Wimbledon.

Though a decorated sailor, Pete prefers to describe himself as an adventurer. As he explains in motivational presentations, all his projects must fulfil three strict criteria: they must involve challenge, innovation and a significant element of technology. More than this, they must appeal to his tenacity and his ferocious will to win.

In recognition of his heroism and outstanding seamanship, Pete has been awarded the Legion d’Honneur and an MBE.

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