Mark Burkes is a veteran of three Clipper Round the World Races (Round the World crew in 2011/12, relief race skipper in 2013/14 and race skipper in 2019/20) and an RYA Yachtmaster™ Ocean & Yachtmaster ™ Instructor. He's also a former Clipper Training Skipper.
During his first circumnavigation, Mark moved from boat to boat as a roving first mate and thus experienced various skippering styles and crew dynamics. Seeing everything from a severe knockdown in the North Pacific to a 'whirly-bird', 100 feet up the rig in the Southern Ocean, Mark has plenty of tales and associated advice to share with the budding ocean racer.
On his return, he became a Clipper Training Skipper and then, in 2013/14, he was drafted in to skipper Team Garmin from Albany in Western Australia to Singapore. He also skippered the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. In 2018, he trained the winning British Invictus crew in the Sydney Hobart Race and subsequently trained and skippered the crew of WTC Logistics.
In 2019, he skippered WTC (CV23), a Tony Castro-designed Clipper 70, from London to Fremantle in 2019. He's also crewed and skippered the Rolex Fastnet Race three times and crewed in a variety of iconic regattas and races around the world. He now works as a freelance RYA Yachtmaster ™ Instructor.