GRA Clipper Race L&D Partner


The ultimate test of leadership and team development

GRA supports the Skippers, AQP's and crew for their 40,000nm race round the world

Grahame Robb Associates are the official Learning and Development partner for the Clipper Round the World Race. GRA delivers bespoke leadership development and team development programmes, specially designed to hone the leadership and team development skills of the Clipper Race professional Skippers, Mates and Race Crew.

Grahame Robb, Managing Director of GRA, said: “The Clipper Race is a high profile endurance race which, by its very nature, challenges people to push beyond their comfort zone. We have 30 years of experience supporting leaders to develop by pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone and enhancing their awareness of their own leadership style. We are delighted to partner with the Clipper Race Skippers and Mates to enhance their leadership skills through practical, experiential learning. We’ll be helping them to be the very best they can be in high pressure situations, enabling these leaders to get the best out of their teams whilst racing around the world.”

Clipper Race Chairman and Co-Founder, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “Continuous learning and development is crucial for any sailor, and for any leader. Through our new partnership with Grahame Robb Associates, the Clipper 2019-20 Race Skippers will be given expert support in their preparations to build effective, cohesive teams from scratch.”

The chosen eleven Clipper 2019-20 Race Skippers have a vast array of sailing, racing and leadership experience. The GRA programme helps to develop, maximise and build on these existing skills through experiential learning in an environment which simulates the pressures of real-life race conditions.

Leadership and team development training was also delivered by GRA to the AQP's so they're ready to step in and support the Skippers as required. Race Crew were assisted in preparing for the unique challenge ahead with the crews brought together through team building training. Regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges, the Clipper Race is the only event which trains everyday people to make six ocean crossings, covering six continents, testing them to their absolute limit.

If you'd like to learn more about how GRA could support your organisation's leaders and teams, please click here to fill out an enquiry form.

Watch our video below to find out more about our partnership with the Clipper Race!



Skipper leadership programme gallery

Check out some of the great moments captured on the leadership programme for Skippers ahead of the race

The Skippers put their leadership skills to the test through a variety of experiential challenges.

Click here to view the photo gallery from the leadership event


Clipper Leadership Programme GRA


Track the race live!

Get ready for some gripping viewing

Be careful, the Clipper Race Viewer is set to take over your lives, bringing all of the drama and making for some very gripping viewing over the next eleven months.

In addition to following regular updates on the Clipper Race Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds, every tack, gybe and strategy call, you’ll never miss a beat of the action with the entire Clipper Race Viewer at your fingertips. Track each of the eleven identical yachts’ hourly real-time course and position as teams battle their way around the world.


Clipper Race Viewer


Race start photo gallery

GRA attends the build-up to the Clipper Race, London

GRA were delighted to support the build up to Clipper Round the World Race in London. The event included boat naming ceremonies, live entertainment, talks with the race skippers and more - including team building challenges with GRA! 

Click here to view GRA's gallery from the Race Start weekend


View GRA's Clipper Race gallery