Alex Bennett . Yachtsman & Author

Alex Bennett . International yachtsman & Author.

Alex is a professional yachtsman with nearly 200,000 Ocean sailing miles under his belt. .

Extreme Solo Ocean racing

Extreme ocean racing with Alex Bennett

Alex has built an enviable reputation as an extreme solo sailor. Alex has competed in many of the Worlds toughest and enduring solo and double handed ocean races.  He is the winner and record holder of the World's biggest double handed ocean race the Transat Jacques Vabre ( Open 50 division). 

About Alex

About Alex



Alex is a man who knows what it takes to succeed. 

As a child Alex dreamed of adventure on the high seas. At a young age, he turned his dreams into reality.  By the time Alex was just 17 he had already sailed across the Atlantic Ocean.  

Fastnet Youth Challenge


In 1995 at the tender age of just 19 Alex put together a Youth sailing team with the intention of competing in the famous Fastnet Race. With a collective average age of just 17 and against the odds, Alex successfully established this project, securing a suitable yacht in the process. Alex and his team completed the race 2nd in class. Alex has since competed in Multiple Fastnet races. 

Round Britain Race


Alex is a veteran of Round Britain races. having competed in multiple editions,its a personal favourite. His first Round Britain experience was at the young age of just fifteen. In 1998 he and fellow team mate Dave Barden set a precedent for the youngest ever team to complete this tough challenge, finishing 3rd monohull in their class. Alex also competed in the 2010 Double handed Round Britain and again reached a podium finish onboard the Class 40 Fujifilm. 

The Mini Transat


One of the three toughest solo ocean races in existence. In 1999 Alex sailed into the history books by finishing 5th overall out of 88 of the Worlds best sailors. This is an epic 4,000 mile solo Transatlantic race from France to the Caribbean. The solo sailors compete in tiny 21 foot racing yachts.  The 1999 race was incredibly tough, severe storms decimated much of the fleet in the Bay of Biscay. At the time Alex's achievement was the best ever British result in the history of the event. Click here for a short video

Team Philips


 Alex has survived two dramatic mid Atlantic Ocean rescues, most notably the Team Philips disaster. In december 2000 Alex was one of severn elite sailors aboard the giant catamaran Team Philips when the vessel was caught within the devastating grips of a North Atlantic Hurricane. The yacht was destroyed by the elements and later sank but Alex and the rest of the crew narrowly survived by climbing up the side of a container ship which had managed to find them mid ocean during the storm.    

Alex's book High Seas,High Stakes details the gripping story of their survival and explains the highs and lows of life as an extreme ocean racer. 

Transat Jacques Vabre


In 2001 Alex was the winner of the marathon 4,500 mile Transat Jacques Vabre race from France to Brazil.  He and fellow yachtsman Paul Larsen from Australia are still the current course record holders in the Open 50 division. 

Mini Cup


Alex cut his teeth on the super competitive Mini 6.50 circuit and later returned to compete in the Solo Mini Cup race finishing 2nd overall. 

Artemis Transat 2008


 In 2007 Alex spearheaded a successful project to build a state of the art ocean racing yacht for a series of extreme ocean races. In the super competitive industry of business where only the best projects succeed, Alex secured support from the global brand Fujifilm and went on to successfully compete in the Solo Transatlantic ocean race from England to America.  .Arguably one of the three toughest solo ocean races in existence.   See a video clip of Alex's race mid ocean  here

Around the World


 In 2005 Alex achieved the lifelong ambition of racing around the world through the frozen wastes of the Southern Ocean and rounding the infamous Cape Horn. 

Alex was one of twelve elite sailors aboard the giant 120ft  Maxi catamaran Cheyenne, competing in the ORYX Quest Round the World Race.  

Making the news


Alex's projects have a track record of achieving excellent media coverage. 



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Sailing Qualifications & Awards

  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
  • ISAF Sea survival training
  • VHF dsc operators license
  • Short range certificate
  • Honorary Member of Whitby Yacht Club
  • Raymarine Ambassador 2007 -2012
  • English Braids Yacht Ropes Ambassador 
  • Fujifilm corporation Ambassador 2005 - 2012
  • Total sailing experience approx 190,000 ocean miles