Lance Shepherd (Skipper)
Lance comes from an outstanding sailing background. He started sailing in the scouts (too many years ago to count), joined the Marines, worked on the Lytham lifeboats and then moved to the Solent teaching for Sunsail and UKSA. In 2017/18 he skippered the Clipper Round the World Race on the Liverpool boat, circumnavigating with a team of amateur sailors.
Lance is the driving force behind Fearless Projects, developing the mantra of allowing the crew to learn and develop in all areas of the race.
Claire grew up sailing on the west coast of Scotland. She circumnavigated the world on the Clipper Round the World Race and reigniting her love of sailing. Having worked in events and hospitality for over 20 years, Claire is excited to combine both these worlds.
Verity started sailing as a child and got into racing yachts at the age of 14 with her family on their Impala, Voodoo. After leaving college she got her Yachtmaster Offshore and has been working on a variety of boats since, competing in offshore races and inshore events in the Solent. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing and has spent 2 winters in Austria as an instructor. Verity also has a world record for the most cheese jokes told in 1 minute - 17!
Charlie has been a keen sailor his entire life, primarily racing dinghies until around 18 when he started to step up into yachts. Charlie joined the ARC 2019 on a first 40.7 and continued to work on the same boat for the next year, gaining his yacht masters in the summer of 2021. He is also a qualified dinghy and race instructor. In his spare time, Charlie went to university to study audio engineering in Liverpool where he also became an avid climber.
Ben started dinghy sailing with the sea cadets, he spent a season teaching sailing at UKSA. This is where he got involved in yacht racing and a love for the sea. Upon leaving the Isle of Wight he went to Plymouth University to study navigation and maritime science. He is also doing a cadetship with TUI with the goal to become a deck officer.
Chris has been working professionally on yachts ever since completing his Yachtmaster in 2009. Having logged more than 165,000 nautical miles since, Chris has sailed and raced all around the world on a variety of yachts from small, modern Cape31s to big classic 50m schooners.
During the 2017-18 Clipper Round The World Race Chris skippered the Chinese entry Qingdao and his team achieved a 3rd overall. After the Clipper Race Chris spent two years in the high latitudes skippering Skip Novak's sailing expedition yacht Pelagic Australis.
James' sailing medical training earned him the nickname 'Doctor Dreamboat' but he's not just a pretty face. He was raised in the Caribbean and after an illustrious career as a chartered accountant, he saw the light (on the waves) and has since logged over 50,000 nms in offshore racing. His cv includes a season in Bosun role on 188ft racing schooner “Adela”. He is Yacht Master Offshore commercially endorsed and is a CYA dinghy instructor.
Nano was born in Punta del Este, Uruguay. He began surfing at the age of 8 and was a professional swimmer until 18, being the Uruguaian champion in 50,100 and 200 butterfly. He stopped swimming professionally when he went to University and then embarked on a career as an accountant. When he was 27 he quit his job, rented his house, sold his car and started seeking a life at sea. He has gained over 50,000 nms and is Yacht Master Offshore qualified.