A boyhood library choice about the last days of the Windjammers and the grain races from South Australia to Europe sparked Campbell’s lifelong fascination with all things maritime.
Moving to Port Lincoln in 1962 provided the opportunity to learn to sail and own a boat. The rest is history.
In 1982 whilst working in Singapore Campbell bought an IOR ½ tonner called Temasek which he and his wife Lorna still sail today. Life is often serendipitous, and so it was for Campbell, when the sale of his business coincided with the opportunity to join the 2015/16 Clipper Round the World Race. Ocean racing was new and fascinating for him, with so much to learn about the craft of seafaring.
A second Clipper experience in the 2017/18 edition as 1st mate on Sanya, the winning boat, cemented his love of ocean sailing. With 70,000 miles of ocean passages completed in 5 years and chance meeting with Don McIntyre, a new and unimagined prospect of the OGR 2023 emerged. The original Whitbread was the race of Campbell’s generation, and whilst he was in London at the time, he was otherwise committed. So the opportunity to re-enact the achievements of this bygone era proved irresistible. Looking back across the years there is a constant theme and the OGR is a natural progression in this parallel career. Circumnavigating via Cape Horn using only celestial navigation is the next step in his voyage.
Mike is a highly experienced offshore sailor, with over 84,000 sea miles in his logbook, including a full circumnavigation.
He was the mate on Team Unicef in the most recent Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and was also the watchleader on the winning entry in the previous Clipper race.
|No.||Name, Nationality||Sex, Age||Leg 1||Leg 2||Leg 3||Leg 4|
|1||John Worby, UK||Male|
|2||Lucy Frost, UK||Female|
|3||Katie Sarah, Australia||Female|
|4||Dougie Mill, UK||Male|
|5||Michael Davey, Australia||Male|
|6||Glenn Manchett, UK||Male|
|7||Matt Sinnett-Jones, Australia||Male|
|8||India Syms, UK||Female (U24)|
|9||Benoit Ansart, France||Male|
|10||David Sturge, Australia||Male|
The yacht is a Baltic 55 originally built for the 1985/86 Whitbread RTW Race. She competed under the name Equity and Law. Built in Finland back in 1984 to an Douglas Peterson design and Lloyds of London specifications. Outlaw is in a remarkable condition considering her age and we feel confident in her ability to carry us safely around the world.