Miles Clark (1960 – 1993) was a sailor, journalist and writer from Northern Ireland. A few months before he died, Clark circumnavigated Europe through several of Russia's waterways which led him to winning the Cruise World Medal for Outstanding Seamanship.
Born Magherafelt, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland on 3 November 1960, he was the son of Wallace Clark and the godson of Miles Smeeton, themselves both distinguished yachtsmen and authors. His brother Bruce became a foreign correspondent at The Times.
As a geography student at Downing College, Cambridge University, he organised an expedition to climb volcanoes and undertake scientific research in Atka, a remote island in the Aleutian archipelago. As a soldier in 1984, he was one of the oarsmen who rowed Tim Severin's replica Greek galley through the Black Sea to Georgia in the U.S.S.R.
He left the army to become a full-time freelance travel writer and photographer in his mid-20s. As well, he was Features Editor of Yachting Monthly and wrote articles for other magazines. His biography of Miles and Beryl Smeeton, High Endeavours was published in 1991.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Clark saw the opportunity for travelling through Russian internal waters.
With grudging permission from the KGB and sponsorship from National Geographic he departed from Northern Ireland in the summer of 1992 sailing the family's 60-year-old wooden yacht Wild Goose into the Arctic Circle.
Setting out on the 3200-kilometre route, first circling Norway and entering the White Sea, he then travelled to the Black Sea crossing the White Sea - Baltic Canal until the Onega Lake, then proceeding through the Volga-Baltic waterway to the Rybinsk Reservoir and the Volga River. He then successively followed the Volga-Don Canal and the Don River to the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, returning to Northern Ireland.
He married Sarah Hill in 1987 and they had a son, Finn born 1990.
Miles Clark died unexpectedly a few months after his return home, in Salisbury on April 17 1993 aged 32, from the possible effects of toxins absorbed during the trip. He was writing a book about the trip when he died. The book, Sailing Round Russia was finished by his father, based on the ship's logs.
-  "Cruising World Medal Outstanding Seamanship Awarded", Highbeam
-  "Wild Goose Circles Europe" article, in Highbeam
-  The Independent, Obituary:Miles Clark, by Libby Purves
-  "Sailing in the Wake of Vikings", Sydney Morning Herald article, by Helen Womack
- Clark, Miles. Russian Voyage. National Geographic Magazine, June 1994. pp. 114 & 138.
-  Alastair Scott crewman's CV, details.