Simon Walker (sailor)
|Born||25 February 1968|
Simon Walker is an English yachtsman, adventurer and author. 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.
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. During this time he employed the Princess of Wales (then Catherine Middleton) for a summer job prior to her going to University. As managing director, he also oversaw several editions of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), the worlds largest trans-ocean yachting event.
He has been an entrepreneur, author and speaker, specialising in leadership and in particular Generation Y. He was a co-founder of the online leadership coaching system, my360plus and the consultancy Talentsmoothie and the co-author of Generation Y: what they want from work.
- "" I Can Only Compete Through My Crew."". Fast Company. 31 October 2000. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- "Sailing Backwards Around the World » the MALESTROM". 24 May 2020.
- 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.
- Sean, Smith. Kate Unauthorised. Simon & Schuster UK. pp. 76–78. ISBN 9781847378699.
- "Body of Atlantic yachtsman found". 3 December 2002.
- The Guardian
- Generation Y - what they want from work
- "Kraken Cup: The most extreme sailing race you've never heard of". 19 August 2019.