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.

Clive filmed and skippered a 63ft yacht over a three-year period from Auckland to the Russian side of the Bering Strait on the Arctic 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, 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


2020     Sunsail 4027 – Port Solent to Alicante, Spain.

2020     Open 40 – La Rochelle to Palm Beach, Fl.

2020     Lagoon 40 – Les Sables d’Olonne to Split, Croatia.

2019     Jeanneau 49 – Salcombe to Swanwick, UK.

2019     Nautitech 46 fly – La Rochelle to Southampton, UK.

2018     Nautitech 40 – La Rochelle to Southampton, UK.

2018     Najad 57 – Cowes to Swanwick, UK.

2018     Najad 45 – Southampton UK to Barbate, Spain to Ceuta to Smir, Morocco to Ceuta to Ibiza to Port Grimaud, France.

2018     Oyster 57 – Antigua to St Martin to Horta to 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, France to Gosport, UK.

2011     Class 40 – Gosport, UK to Caen, France.

2010     Hansa 46 – Naples to Canet en Roussillon, France.

2008-09     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.

1999-02     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.

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 to Madeira to 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     Swan 65 – Finland to Hamble, UK.

1978     70 ft Wooden Yawl – Malta to Piraeus around the Greek Islands.

1975-79     Commercial Fisherman east coast of Australia.

1971     30ft Yacht – Scottish Western Isles regatta.

1962-70     Sailing dinghies in Chichester Habour.



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