Skipper:James D BoyceYacht Skipper
First Mate:Clare Thorpe (Dr) Yacht Skipper
Committee:Colette Matthewman (Dr) Biologist
Thomas Ridgway Mountaineer
Jon Seddon (Dr) Engineer
Participants:over 60 friends aged 21 to 70


James Boyce

Hello everyone. On our adventure in 2013/14 I will be the full time Skipper and Boat Manager. I have been a professional sailor onboard sail training boats around 70ft for the past 6 years and so I'm fully used to unblocking toilets and holding hair out of buckets!

On this adventure I'm looking forward to seeing new places, particularly in the company of friends and like minded people. But most of all, I can't wait to eat ice cream in Rio, drink Gin in Antarctica, and eat cake in Madeira!

Live life, and Love it,


The skipper James Boyce
The first mate Clare Thorpe

Clare Thorpe

I'm Clare (Clareski) and I'll be the 1st Mate for Adventure2013. I'm really looking forward to it as I think we're gathering a great team in the crew that have shown an interest so far. For me it is not as much about the adventure as it is about having the adventure with friends and like minded people! I've sailed to a lot of the places on-route before including Spain, the Canaries, Argentina and Antarctica. However, I've never seen Rio or South Georgia so there's some unknown for me there and where I've been before I'm excited to re-visit and show to other people.

- RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
- First Aid and Medical Care aboard ship
- Experience as 1st mate aboard large sailing vessels (60-80ft)
- PhD in environmental radiochemistry

Colette 'Cliggy' Matthewman

I'm Colette, the counter of money, general organiser and (unofficial) nature guide extraordinaire. I have a lot of experience with organisation of events and adventures. This comes from my involvement in The Captain's Daughters, through which I have organised many sailing trips together with Clare, and my personal life where I've organised adventures such as a Lands End to John O'Groats cycle tour. Even in my career as a plant biologist I have been heavily involved in organising student bodies and events through roles on various committees. I have sailed to Antarctica aboard the Anna-Margaretha which sparked a real interest in Polar wildlife and subsequently led to a sailing trip to Spitsbergen (Svalbard) in the Arctic as the nature guide on board the same vessel.

The part of this trip I'm most excited about seeing is the nature drenched landscape of South Georgia - giant nesting albatrosses, beaches crammed with fur seals, and expansive colonies of King Penguins.

The biologist Colette Mathewman
The accountant Tom Ridgway

Tom Ridgway

My role on this trip is coordinating finances and helping out with other business considerations. In an unofficial capacity I'll be organising some connected land based ventures as my main skills on a boat include pulling things and making tea. Most of the year I do business advisory work with PwC and qualified as a chartered account last year. I have a background in Scout leading, Officer Training Corps (TA) and youth expedition leading with World Challenge and US summer camps. I got involved with adventure2013 as I love travelling, anything related to the outdoors, the people involved and making ambitious ideas become a reality. I look forward to meeting some of you on the second Antarctica leg and the after trip parties!

Jon Seddon

I'm Jon and I'm the bosun for the trip. I currently work as a technician on research ships looking after sonars and computers. I also sail as a volunteer watch leader with the Ocean Youth Trust. In the past I've worked as an engineer for a yacht flotilla company and as a wintering engineer for the British Antarctic Survey in Antarctica. I'm really excited to be involved in this trip to sail a yacht on some ocean passages with a fun group of people and to visit the amazing sights of South Georgia and Antarctica. One of the highlights for me is definitely going to be the Atlantic legs and visiting lots of new places on the journeys north and south.

The engineer Jon Seddon