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Alex Bennett on FujiFilmInternational yachtman Alex Bennett has conquered the Southern Ocean, the north and south Atlantic and survived mid ocean rescues, clocking up more than 130,000 ocean miles so far in his career.

He  is a professional dedicated to racing. Alex is driven by a fierce, competitive spirit to succeed whilst tackling the world’s toughest short handed ocean races.

Alex started sailing at the tender age of three having been introduced to the sport by his father, also a keen sailor. Born in West London in 1976 Alex now lives in Torquay, Devon. Alex is an accomplished public speaker and holds a full RYA Yacht Masters certificate with commercial endorsement as well as being qualified in Sea survival techniques to ISAF standard.

At the age of just nineteen Alex put together a youth entry into the famous Fastnet race. The 8 strong team had an average age of just 17 and achieved second in their class. Alex then went on to compete in other high profile ocean races such as the Two Handed Round Britain race, setting a record for the youngest ever team to complete the tough 2000 mile course and finishing in 3rd place.

In 1999 he sailed 4000 miles solo across the Atlantic Ocean in a 21 foot yacht against eighty of the world’s best yachtsmen and women in the International Mini Transat race. Having battled through ferocious storms in the Bay of Biscay Alex achieved 5th overall, the best British result in the twenty year history of the race.

In 2000 he was invited to join adventurer Pete Goss as a full time crew member on the world’s largest racing multihull Team Philips. As part of this elite team Alex was onboard the giant catamaran when the vessel broke up mid Atlantic during Hurricane force winds.  A German container ship was diverted to attempt a rescue but Alex and his team mates were still faced with the daunting fifty foot climb from their stricken catamaran up a rope ladder to the relative safety of the huge cargo ship.

Undaunted by that experience in 2001 Alex won the  Transat Jacques Vabre, known as the biggest two handed yacht race in the world. The result was also enough to establish a new course record in the Open 50 division that still stands today.
2005 became a landmark year for Alex when he achieved one of his life long ambitions to sail through the Southern Ocean and around the infamous Cape Horn. Alex was  competing in the Oryx Quest around the world race onboard one of the world’s most famous racing catamarans, the 120 foot Cheyenne formally known as Playstation. The giant catamaran was owned and operated by the late adventurer Steve Fossett.

In 2007 Alex secured the support of the global corporation Fujifilm as title sponsors for a two year programme of corporate hospitality and ocean racing. This incorporated the build of a new, state of the art 40 foot yacht designed to the International Class 40 racing rule.

As an ambassador for Fujifilm, Alex project managed the construction of the new yacht from its conception and went on to skipper the yacht in the solo transatlantic race, The Artemis Transat in 2008. Alex secured the best British result and 6th over all.Alex onboard the racing yacht FujiFilm

As an accomplished public speaker, Alex captures the imaginations of audiences around the country in his public and corporate talks. Drawing on a healthy level of experience and enthusiasm he shares his stories of the highs and lows of high stakes ocean racing. He is equally at home in the boardroom as competing out on the water.

Alex is recognised by the media as an expert in his field and regularly comments on sailing matters for regional and national television, print and electronic media.  Outside the sport of sailing Alex takes an active interest in adrenaline sports such as snowboarding, mountain biking, long distance cycling and watersports.

Alex Bennett’s sailing highlights.