Clipper skipper looks forward to Clipper Fest visit to Derry

Daniel Smith, skipper of the Derry/Londonderry-Doire clipper yacht. INLS 2515-8429MT.
Daniel Smith, skipper of the Derry/Londonderry-Doire clipper yacht. INLS 2515-8429MT.

The skipper of the Derry boat in this year’s Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, says he is looking forward to a fantastic Derry welcome welcome when he and his team moor up during Clipper Fest week later this year.

The Derry-Londonderry-Doire has almost 60 crew members who will be on the boat at different stages over the eight legs of the race and skipper Daniel Smith says the stop off in Derry will be of the race highlights for the team and himself.

With a strong background in sailing, Daniel said he was bitten by the sailing bug at a very young age and, after a diversion into teaching, decided sailing was the career for him.

It was during university that Daniel started skippering yachts.

“This became a summer holiday job while I was at university and after I was a school teacher before going back to teaching sailing full time and I have been doing that for about the last 10 years or so.

“With sailing I really enjoy the adventure and I really enjoy the teaching side of things and working with people.

“The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race gives me an opportunity to do both of those things.”

He became involved with the Derry Clipper team after applying for the job last year.