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Simon Walker
Walker sailing past Cape Horn, March 2007
Born (1968-02-25) 25 February 1968 (age 56)
  • Yachtsman
  • adventurer
  • businessman

Simon Walker is an English yachtsman, adventurer and businessman. He is one of only a handful of people who have raced the wrong way around the world more than once.

Walker raced on board Rhone Poulenc as the mate in the British Steel Challenge in 1992–3, and again as Skipper of Toshiba Wave Warrior in the next edition, the BT Global Challenge 1996–7. He finished 2nd overall and was the youngest skipper in the fleet.[1]

He won the first Teacher's Whisky Round Britain Challenge race in 1995. Outside of racing he has also led sailing expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica.[2]

He then went on to become the managing director of the race organiser Challenge Business and was instrumental in the next two events, the BT Global Challenge 2000/1 and the Global Challenge 2004/5.[1][3][4] During this time he employed the Princess of Wales (then Catherine Middleton) for a summer job prior to her going to University.[5] As managing director, he also oversaw several editions of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), the world's largest trans-ocean yachting event.[6]

He also served as chief executive of Challenge Business inc based in San Francisco while the business attempted to establish a US based round the world race, the New World Challenge.[7]

He has been an entrepreneur, author and speaker,[8] specialising in leadership and in particular Generation Y. He was a co-founder of the online leadership coaching system, my360plus[9] and the consultancy Talentsmoothie[10][11] and the co-author of Generation Y: what they want from work.[12]

Since 2010 he has been a non-executive director of The Adventurists, organisers of the Kraken Cup Ngalawa race in East Africa.[13]

He is now the managing director of the Paramotor manufacturer, Parajet, and has flown a paramotor from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in preparation for the Icarus Trophy in 2018.[2]


  1. ^ a b "" I Can Only Compete Through My Crew."". Fast Company. 31 October 2000. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Sailing Backwards Around the World » the MALESTROM". 24 May 2020.
  3. ^ Kelley, Steve (18 August 2000). "Sports | Engineer finds new profession after answering call to high-seas adventure | Seattle Times Newspaper". Community.seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  4. ^ ISAF
  5. ^ Sean, Smith. Kate Unauthorised. Simon & Schuster UK. pp. 76–78. ISBN 9781847378699.
  6. ^ Blackstock, Colin (3 December 2002). "Body of Atlantic yachtsman found". The Guardian.
  7. ^ "No let-up for Challenge yachts". 8 September 2000.
  8. ^ TEDxPortsmouth
  9. ^ TEDxTalks
  10. ^ TimesOnline
  11. ^ "The generation facing its first recession. How will they cope?". The Guardian. 11 October 2008. Archived from the original on 21 January 2022.
  12. ^ Generation Y - what they want from work
  13. ^ "Kraken Cup: The most extreme sailing race you've never heard of". 19 August 2019.

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