Ep 2. Pete Goss, MBE 'The Everest of Sailing'
For Episode 2 we welcomed Pete Goss to the show. A Gentleman of the sea and an old friend of the brand, over the years Pete has captivated us with his innate ability to tell extraordinary stories
Hosted by Lawrence Stafford
Sound Design by John Sampson a.k.a CJ MIRRA
A sailor recognised and revered for his seamanship and triumph over adversity, Pete is also an adventurer in the truest sense of the word. A former Royal Marine, Pete has walked to the North Pole, kayaked around Tasmania, built arguably the most advanced sailing catamarans ever, in Team Phillips, and sailed from Cornwall to Australia in a small wooden 19th Century Lugger.
Pete is perhaps best known for his heroic rescue of Frenchman Raphael Dinelli in the 1996 Vendée Globe - one of the most gruelling sailboat races in the world - testing the limits of strength, courage and faith. For his bravery he was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen and the Légion d'Honneur by the French President.
With the 9th edition of the Vendée Globe currently in the water, and at the time of recording fast approaching Cape Finisterre and the finish line, we dialled in with Pete to look back on his 1996 circumnavigation and the trials and tribulations that have shaped a lifetime of adventure.
His storytelling is one that resonates with a broad audience and his philosophies and approach to life and living are as inspiring today as they were 25 years ago. One of changing course, tenacity and resilience.
As Pete would say, 'put on the kettle’ and take a moment - here’s our conversation with Pete Goss on The Everest of Sailing.
There are hurricane force winds coming, there’s nothing you can do – once you’re in it you’re up to your ears in mud and bullets. It’s times like that when your imagination runs away. When you do these races there’s always one big storm and you instinctively know once you’re in it. This was the big storm without question… from that point came this epic struggle and fight to get Aqua Quorum back to Raphael’s location and try find him.
The thing about the Vendee is that it throws up this very visible cold face of innovation and technology – which is a tough cold face. A part of pushing boundaries is failure – it goes hand in hand, but out of every failure comes a lesson – what the Vendee does is give you this very visible insight into that process – and out of it we all benefit.
Atlantic & Pacific Oceans
Spirit of Mystery - 1854 - 7 Cornishmen Voyage for the Gold Rush
Aqua Quorum - the little yellow boat with the big heart
Swing Keel hull design / Foil design
Sables d’Olonne -start/finish line
Cape Horn2 Handed Transatlantic -Plymouth - Rhode Island
Raphael Dinelli - Paris to New York in solar, algae powered plane.
The Southern OceanTwo-handed Transat Jacques VabreNASA sleep deprivation programmeGore-Tex / Musto
Sleeping on Paddington Station
Operating on his own elbow in the Southern Ocean
Innovation and technology in boat design
Foil designEvolution of Big wave surfing / Kite surfing / Foil surfing
Meeting Finisterre Founder, Tom Kay on a train on the way to London
Chris Rhys - boat builder
Kevin Escoffier - Vendee Globe SkipperAdrian Thompson - boat builderRaphael Dinelli
Paul Larson - Sailrocket