Pete Goss

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Pete Goss, MBE is a British yachtsman who has sailed more than 250,000 nautical miles (460,000 km).

A former Royal Marine, he is famous for his pioneering project Team Philips.[1] He was invested in the Legion d'Honneur for saving fellow sailor Raphaël Dinelli in the 1996 Vendée Globe solo around the world yacht race. During a severe storm in the Southern Ocean, he turned his boat around and spent two days sailing into hurricane force winds, finally finding Dinelli in a life-raft that had been dropped by an Australian Air Force plane shortly before his own yacht had sunk. Dinelli is said to have come aboard clutching a bottle of champagne.[2]

He trained the original set of amateur crews for the British Steel Challenge, and competed in the race on board Hoffbräu Lager, coming 3rd overall.

Goss currently lives in Torpoint, Cornwall,[3] and has three teenage children: Alex, Livvy and Eliot.

In June 2008, Goss launched a replica of a 19th-century wooden lugger called Spirit of Mystery. Four months later, he began a voyage from Cornwall to Australia on the boat, which has no modern electrical or navigation systems.[4]

Creative works[edit]

  • Close to the Wind (2000)


  1. ^ "Team Philips yacht lost". BBC. 22 December 2000. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Zimmermann, Tim (2002) The Race: the first non-stop, round-the-world, no-holds-barred sailing competition. London: Orion ISBN 978-0-7528-4165-6; p. 76
  3. ^ BBC - Devon Features - Pete Goss set to follow in footsteps of Captain Scott in South Pole trek
  4. ^ Official Spirit of Mystery website

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