Clive Lonsdale

Professional Yacht Delivery Captain

Clive grew up on the creeks of Hayling Island on Chichester Harbour. His father was a keen sailor and from an early age he fell in love with the sea and sailing. Clive started his sailing career in his late teens aboard several fishing boats on the SE Australian coast.

After returning to Europe he worked aboard, cruising and racing yachts. In his twenties he continued to sail all over the world including racing the winning yacht on the Parmelia Race with Skip Novak and crew from Plymouth UK to Cape Town to Perth WA.

After many yacht deliveries and races in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans Clive started skippering racing yachts in the Caribbean and USA. He also became interested in film, photography and environmental issues.  Clive has also worked in the UK film industry, filming wildlife and environmental projects all over the world which he has been able to combine with sailing.

Primarily using a 63ft yacht which he skippered from Auckland to the Russian side of the Bering Strait on the Arctic circle. Clive filmed and skippered a 63ft yacht over a three-year period from Auckland to the Russian side of the Bering Strait on the Artic Circles, finishing up in Vancouver.



Cadet, Royal Navy Reserve – GCSE Navigation
Pro dive Standard commercial divers Certificate.
Certificate of Excellence in Celestial Navigation and Ocean Meteorology from The National Marine Correspondence School
Diver training in the use of rebreathing diving equipment
Commercial Certificate US Coastguard Master up to 100 gross near coastal and Inland. Meets the testing requirements of 46 CFR 10.303 for licensing of Merchant Mariners – Sea Marine Services
American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certificate
RYA First Aid certificate commercially endorsed
RYA/MCA Small Craft Basic Sea Survival course 17th April
RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course special regulation 6.01



Clive has over 100,000 miles of sailing experience and a high level of competence as a Captain aboard many yachts.  He takes great pride in his work and strides to provide the top level of service.


Filming, Sailing


English – native speaker





2019    New Nautitech 46 fly Catamaran,  La Rochelle FRA to Southampton
2018  New Nautitech 40 Catamaran,  La Rochelle FRA to Southampton UK
2018   Najad 57,  Cowes to Swanwick Marina
2018   New Najad 45 “KIRSTEN M II”  from Southampton UK – Barbate Spain – Ceuta Spain/Marocco, Port Smir Morocco – Ceuta  – Ibiza – Port Grimaud France
2018  Oyster 57 – “AMANZI”, Antigua – St Martin – Horta – Palma Majorca Spain
2018   Najad 46 – Henån Sweden to Eastbourne UK


2015-18   Dufour T7
2011-12   Filming Class 40 around the world Global Ocean Race, Majorca, Cape Town, Wellington, Punta del Esta, Charleston, Les Sables d‘Olonne.
2011   Class 40 – 5th in the Fastnet race
2011   Class 40 – Caen to Gosport
2011   Class 40 – Gosport to Caen
2010   Hansa 46 – Naples to Canet en Roussillon
2008-2009  – Filming Portimao Flobal Ocean Race  in Portugal, Cape Town, Wellington, Ilhabela, brazil and Charleston.
2008   Open 40 – Zeebrugge, Belgium to Portimao, Portugal.
2008   Class 40 – St Malo to Caen
2008   Class 40 – Le Trinite to Gosport
1999 -2002   63ft Bo Birdsall Sloop – New Zealand, Fiji, Midway Island, Dutch Harbour, Aleutian Islands, Chukotka, Russia, Kodiak Island, USA, Vancouver, Canada.
1986   Ron Holland 41Fy – Newport RI, Bahamas to Miami.
1982   Swan 57 – Cannes to Barcelona
1982   Tromaran Qualification voyage for three peaks challenge
1981   Skipper for the winner of Fort Lauderdale cup.
1981   Ron Holland 40 – Fort Lauderdale, Key West, St Petersburg, Miami, Bahamas.
1981   Swan 43 – Lymington – Madera-Bermuda
1980   Farr 43 – Sydney to Suva via New Caledonia
1980   Australian 45ft – Eden, Sydney to Brisbane
1979   Skipper for winning yacht of Parmelia Race
1979   New Swan 65 – Finland to Hamble
1978   70 ft Wooden Yawl – Malta to Peraeus around the Greek Islands
1975-79   Commercial Fisherman east coast of Australia
1971   30ft Yacht – Scottish Western Isles regatta
1962 -1970    Sailing dinghies in Chichester Habour



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