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Fareham: Clipper Race and Mission Performance to deliver business lessons from ocean racing

By Dan Teuton
17 July 2013

Clipper Ventures plc, which runs the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - the longest on the planet at 40,000 miles, has selected Fareham-based Mission Performance as its learning and development partner to create a unique opportunity to transfer the insights and performance lessons from round-the-world yacht racing into inspiring development programmes and experiences for business. 

Mission Performance has been transferring the lessons from challenging environments to business for the past twelve years, and operates globally with a group of elite mountaineers, decorated soldiers, ocean racers, ocean rowers, pilots, polar explorers, actors and elite sportsmen and women.

William Ward, Clipper Ventures chief executive, said: “This is a very exciting development. The combination of our insights through operating the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the experience of Mission Performance will create a unique proposition.

“We selected Mission for their passion, specialist experience and track record. They have the ability to capture the lessons from our portfolio of ocean races and turn them into dynamic programmes that benefit entire organisations. This will not only add additional value to our sponsors, crew and corporate events customers but will also create new opportunities with businesses seeking an edge in today’s challenging competitive environment.”

Mission Performance is already a partner with ShelterBox, a disaster relief organisation; leadership academics Kouzes & Posner; and is preferred supplier to a range of global organisations.

Rob Lewis, managing director of Mission Performance, commented: “We have been going to extremes for our clients for 12 years. Stories of human endeavour and success against all the odds will always inspire people and organisations to greater things. We will research and capture these lessons from the Clipper Ventures portfolio and turn them into a range of products and services that can support existing or new development programmes.” development forum for business partners that will give them exclusive access to the performance lessons from the Clipper Race and the means to share them within their organisations.