Whitbread Racer, Antarctic Explorer & Real Life Legend – Skip Novak
Skip is best known for his participation in four Whitbread Round the World Yacht Races. This included three races as skipper with Alaska Eagle, Drum and Fazisi. Simon Le Bon’s Drum famously capsized in the 1985 Fastnet Race and went on to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race, finishing third.
In 1989 he project-managed the build of the first Soviet entry in the Whitbread Race. He skippered Fazisi in the round the world race. Wishing to combine his mountaineering skills with sailing, Novak built his first expedition yacht Pelagic in 1987 and has since spent every season in Antarctic waters.
The RORC “Time over Distance” series interviews Skip in this interesting podcast.