Adam Tuffnell adventurer and speaker

Adam Tuffnell

A round-the-world yachtist, expert in leadership and teamwork and trainer

Few people will face life threatening multiple disasters in their lifetime. Fewer still have the expertise to dissect those disasters in order to understand how their leadership contributed to survival. As a professional round the world yachtsman and with his background in psychology, Adam is able to deliver just this.

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About Adam Tuffnell

As a graduate in Psychology and Philosophy and an accomplished sailor, Adam has unique insight into the practical applications of effective leadership and team development within the challenging environments of open-water and the corporate office.

Awards, accolades, achievements, honours

  • Adam is a round the world yachtsman who has circumnavigated the globe ‘the wrong-way’ against prevailing winds and tides 
  • He was one of only 12 skippers selected by Clipper to train amateur round-the-world crews from scratch to race readiness 
  • Principal of a successful sailing school 
  • Personal development coach 
  • Team building course leader 
  • Skipper of numerous offshore and ocean racing teams most recently a crew of 12 in the Fastnet 2013. 
  • Worked extensively for Tall Ships Youth Trust skippering young people from underprivileged backgrounds 
  • Presented at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and HMS Sultan as part of armed forces officer leadership training course.

Background / History

His energy and passion for sailing was formed as a child in small dinghies and ‘globalised’ through racing the BT Global Challenge, in 2000.

Throughout his 20-year sailing career, Adam Tuffnell has sailed in some of the most hostile environments on the planet, ranging from the freezing wilderness of the Southern Ocean through to the debilitating humidity of the tropics.

He is one of a select group of sailors who have circumnavigated the world against prevailing winds and currents, a feat which until recently was considered impossible. He has faced hurricanes, collisions, flooding and the emergency medical evacuation of a crewmate.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

Adam has built a successful sailing school and trained future Round-the-World racing crews from zero-experience to a state of ocean-going readiness.

Speaking Topics

  • Resilience
  • Responsibility and Authenticity
  • Leadership and Teamwork


“Adam was extremely insightful into his experiences at sea and utilised this against core competencies for everyday life. His experiences had the whole audience on the edge of their seat with his many stories of his near death experiences and how he managed to get out of them. He demonstrates how important teamwork, fun, leadership and communication are in all circumstances. I would definitely recommend him.” - BAE

"Adam was the Keynote Speaker at our recent Conference. His presentation was excellent. It was entertaining, gripping, funny and surprisingly relevant to my own job as Owner/Manager of a print business and a team of people. He was a breath of fresh air in what can be a very long day of presentations." - Pontaprint

“Very professional an provided us all with a fantastic insight to how large corporations can make what seems small mistakes but by failing to take ownership and stand up to be heard can result in devastating consequences... the material was world class and Adam seamlessly connected it to the business we work in, which in turn helped everybody relate to theprogramme and understand key management traits.” - Virgin Active

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