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Pete Goss

Pete Goss

Pete Goss has sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles and he is passionate about bringing the experiences and lessons learnt into the corporate arena so your organization can benefit in areas such as leadership, vision, teamwork and competitiveness.

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‘‘During a lunch event held in Monaco, Pete Goss gave one of the very best keynote speeches we have heard. He inspired the audience with his lively, well organised and thoughtful presentation, which was delivered with a fun and appealing approach. Members of the audience were inspired and could easily relate Pete’s incredible experiences to their own day to day business challenges’’

Kevin Marsh, Azur Productions.


“Pete’s presentation, like the oceans he has sailed, has an underlying calm, while on the surface the audience are hit with waves of ideas, advice and emotions that leave a lasting and valuable impression in the business world. An amazing speaker.”

ICAP plc

“Pete Goss made an enormous impression on our audience. He had the right mixture of “adventures”, pertinent leadership and teambuilding delivered in a relaxed and personable manner which left our audience with a lot to think about.”

Institute of Management & Volvo Trucks


"Pete was simply one of the most inspirational speakers we’ve ever had, and his messages about the importance of teamwork and innovation were very relevant for our business. He’s a great story teller, and an incredibly humble and likeable guy. The feedback from our event was overwhelmingly positive about him and his message, so I’d strongly recommend him."Richard Cameron, CFO, BT Retail

Pete Goss Travels from NZ
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Pete Goss's Biography

Pete Goss has sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles and he is passionate about bringing the experiences and lessons learnt into the corporate arena so your organization can benefit in areas such as leadership, vision, teamwork and competitiveness.


Pete is an outstanding yachtsman, inspirational adventurer, company director and author of best-selling book ‘Close to the Wind’. 


Pete has competed in seven transatlantic and two round-the-world races. And in today’s challenging business environment, Pete understands the need to deliver real performance. He achieves this through mentoring and empowering individuals, motivating teams and driving companies forward.


Pete has taken on numerous endeavours that share the same four principles; innovation, technology, challenge and adventure. An acclaimed International Speaker, he draws on his experiences to offer leadership and management talks, team-building exercises and training sessions, inspiring individuals and groups to achieve beyond what they thought possible.


A regular lecturer at business schools, he is an Associate Fellow of Said Business School Oxford University.


Recently Pete built the 37’ Cornish Lugger ‘Spirit of Mystery’ (as seen on BBC Coast) which he sailed with family members, including his fourteen year old son, to Melbourne. This recreated the voyage of the smallest migrant vessel to make it to Australia 150 years ago. Rowing out of harbour and navigating by the stars, they faced many challenges including a ferocious Southern Ocean storm that rolled them upside-down and broke a crewman’s leg. However they still reached Australia together. In addition to this Pete circumnavigated Tasmania by sea kayak; with limited communication he was exposed once again to the Southern Ocean and the notorious Bass Strait.


Pete first captured global headlines whilst competing in the Vendee Globe single-handed non-stop round the world yacht race. Risking his own life in the midst of a fierce Southern Ocean hurricane Pete turned his yacht around to rescue French sailor Raphael Dinelli. Once Pete had dropped Raph off in Tasmania he completed the race, coming 5th. In recognition of his courage Pete was awarded the Legion d’Honneur and an MBE and voted World Sailor of the Year.

He trained and led the original set of amateur crews for the British Steel Challenge (generally regarded to be the toughest yacht race in the world). Pete talks positively and with passion about leading teams through exciting but often complex, difficult and dangerous situations.


Always keen to defy convention he attempted a world record with a revolutionary catamaran, Team Philips (which was sadly brought to a halt by a freak storm in the Atlantic). This was a five-year project where Pete headed up a workforce of more than 100 employees, brokered multi-million pound sponsorship deals and assisted with the creation of several new companies. Handling these complex and often conflicting pressures, gave Pete a unique insight into the challenges that face every organisation.


Whether Pete is taking on the next sailing challenge or heading expeditions to the North Pole he combines a competitive tenacity with a keen ‘will to win’.


From design to completion Pete managed every aspect of the 15 projects he took on. His stories create an interesting, motivating tapestry through which he weaves business lessons learned. A natural communicator with a dynamic but informal style, Pete never ceases to amuse, entertain and inform.


Pete creates bespoke and tailor-made speeches for each event and can cover the following Conference Themes:


Innovation, Technology, Challenge, Adventure, Leadership, Teamwork, Responsibility, Vision, Values, Trust, Learning from your Mistakes, Risk, Peak Performance, Overcoming Adversity, Competitive Tenacity and a Will to Win.

Speaking Topics Include

Dare to Dream – Weaving a story through history, family, risk and adventure. This is a unique, amusing yet thought-provoking speech recreating Pete’s journey on-board the ‘Spirit of Mystery’.