44 year old London born professional skipper Simon Talbot will lead the amateur crew in the Clipper round the World Yacht Race.
Inspired by the books of yachtsman and Clipper race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and New Zealand born yachting legend Peter Blake, Simon has always found himself close to if not on the water.
After pottering around in boats from around age five, he started more formal lessons whilst attending Watford Grammar School for Boys at around age twelve.
"The task of keeping a large group of people working together as a happy, well motivated team, in a confined and potentially stressful environment for an extended period of time will be a challenge unique in my experience, but it has the potential to be extremely rewarding." said Talbot.
More top news
Made In Chelsea star Mark-Francis Vandelli has become the fourth celebrity to withdraw from the winter sports programme.
Just off Fleet Street stands a famous tiered tower. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, it became the inspiration for the wedding cake.
The president of the respected Royal Institute of British Architects became the latest high profile figure to enter the row.