Skipper change for ClipperTelemed+ in Clipper Race

Matt Mitchell

Matt Mitchell

Clipper Race veteran British Skipper Matt Mitchell is to join ClipperTelemed+ in Cape Town, to lead the team for the remainder of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race following the resignation of its current Canadian Skipper, Diane Reid who is leaving for personal family considerations.

Image: onEdition Clipper 2015-16 Race skipper Diane Reid The Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race will start on Sunday 30 August, as the twelve ocean racing teams begin the 40,000 mile route. The route will take the amateur crews via Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Albany, Sydney, Qingdao in China, West Coast of North America, Panama, East Coast of America and Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland before returning to the UK. For more information and to arrange interviews contact: Telephone +44 (0) 2392 526 000 or visit If you require a higher resolution image or you have any other onEdition photographic enquiries, please contact onEdition on 0845 900 2 900 or email This image is copyright onEdition 2015©. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEdition on 0845 900 2 900 or email

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Clipper 2015-16 Race skipper Diane Reid

“We are very sorry to see Diane leave us, but respect and understand her decision,” said Race Director Justin Taylor. “She has been a very popular skipper and has run a great race into Cape Town. We wish her well.”

Matt Mitchell, 28, has over 120,000 nautical miles under his belt, not only having led a team in the previous edition of the Clipper Race, but in a long catalogue of races including two Fastnets, three RORC 600s, Antigua Sailing Week, St Martin Heineken Regatta, St Thomas Rolex Regatta, BVI Spring Regatta, Le Voiles de St Barths, Cowes Week, Round the Island Race, Hamble Winter Series and ARC.

Matt said: “I’m very excited to be getting back aboard a Clipper 70 and look forward to meeting the ClipperTelemed+ crew. Diane has done a great job and I look forward to working with the crew to build on their campaign.”

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