Daniel Smith, Clipper 2015-16 race skipper, is a proud man as he has been shortlisted for the Performance of the Year Award for the outstanding results put in by the Derry Londonderry Doire team.
The 34 year-old West Kilbride man came in the second position out of the twelve teams that took to finish the 11-month long Clipper 2015-16 races. The race is considered to pose one of the toughest challenges in the world for the participants. Daniel is very happy about his nomination at the RYA Scotland Annual Awards and told PlainSailing.com all about it.
Daniel said that he was surprised to see his name shortlisted for the award. He said that he was very happy and proud of the team for coming out second best in the Clipper Round the World Race. The team has really done all the hard work and have come a long way both as a team and as individuals.
Daniel said that the team members before the race told him that sailing is not an issue at all. But, managing the large crew for the big race and for over 48,000 nautical miles is a herculean task. He acknowledged this fact and said that managing the amateur 62 member crew was a real challenge for him. But, all the individuals in the team believed in teamwork and did the assigned jobs to them with great motivation and perfection. The end result was there for everyone to see.
Daniel along with his team was able to stand on the podium 8 times out of the 13 race series and that included 5 race victories as well. The founder of the Clipper Race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, is happy to see Daniel’s name in the RYA Scotland’s Performance of the Year Award. The awards will be announced on 28 January, 2017.