Sean McCarter is an Irish yacht racing skipper with dozens of national and international sailing achievements.  He has already skippered two circumnavigations around the world and has been recently awarded with “Rod Stephen's Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship”.

Now, he aims to add jewel in the crown of Offshore sailing by winning Vendee Globe 2020 - Ocean Masters World Championship and become the first Irish sailor to sail and win the only non-stop solo round the world race without assistance .

Having sailed since he can remember, Sean's passion was ignited at the age of 7 when he began racing Topper dinghies on Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal. Over the years, this grew into a love for the sea; his first summer jobs were on fishing boats and aged 18, he joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteering as crew for his local lifeboat station. 

Sean continued racing through school at Foyle College and into University at Edinburgh and Plymouth, finally graduating with a degree in Marine Science.

A move to Valencia in 2005 to follow the America's Cup evolved into an 8yr career in Superyachts. Gathering tickets and experience along the way from deckhand to mate, engineer to skipper. Racing was never out of the picture during this time with numerous regatta's in the Mediterranean and Caribbean including two 12m World Championships and a Maxi Transatlantic Race.

  Team New Zealand departing America's Cup port Valencia, 2007.

 

Team New Zealand departing America's Cup port Valencia, 2007.

Aged 27, Sean set off as skipper with his partner and soon to be wife as chef aboard the beautiful Swan 76, Wild Tigris. They would circumnavigate the world, 38,000nM in 16 months with the World Arc. 

  Wild Tigris, Morea, French Polynesia, 2010.

 

Wild Tigris, Morea, French Polynesia, 2010.

In late 2012, Sean joined the Clipper Round the World Race as one of twelve professional skippers who would lead amateur crews across the world fiercest oceans. Team Derry-Londonderry-Doire had their first big success with victory in the famous Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. The team made World News Headlines after they successfully recovered man overboard, Andrew Taylor, after a 90min search in the middle of a stormy North Pacific Ocean. The team went on to win an historic home port leg from New York to Derry and came 4th overall in the Clipper RTW Race.