Pete Goss

Pete Goss

Leadership and teambuilding lessons from a heroic round the world yachtsman.

An inspirational yachtsman, Pete Goss is known internationally for his heroism and for his belief in innovation, technology, challenge and adventure.

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About Pete Goss

In 1996, Pete Goss rescued French yachtsman Raphael Dinelli, whose boat was sinking during the notorious Vendre Globe - a non-stop race around-the-world in which each competitor sails single-handed. Despite losing his chance to win the prestigious competition, Goss rose to international fame for his bravery and was awarded both an MBE and the French Legion d'Honneur. In the years that have followed, Goss has continued to sail some of the most challenging sea routes and has inspired millions with his book 'Close to the Wind' and via his exceptional skill as a motivational speaker.
  • British yachtsman
  • Saved the life of fellow sailor
  • Top motivational speaker
  • Appointed a Fellow of Oxford University's Said Business School for his contribution to teamwork and leadership development

Speaking Style

Drawing on his personal experiences, Pete Goss captivates his audience with tales of his adventures and explains how team and individual contributions are essential to success. Humorous, warm, entertaining and engaging, he is able to convey the excitement of pitting the human mind and body against the world's oceans and to help everyone learn how to believe in their own abilities and to achieve their goals.

Speaking Topics

  • Failure - Learning from mistakes
  • Communication
  • Self Belief and Determination
  • Teambuilding
  • Strength of Mind
  • Firm Leadership
  • Innovation


"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
“Absolutely First Class. We were mesmerised. Without doubt the most interesting, stimulating and motivational speaker we have experienced… Pete Goss has excellent management motivation.” - Peek Plc
“Pete was recommended to us as a motivational and leadership speaker. We wanted to put him in front of our customers, a senior group of no nonsense operational management. Having not seen Pete speak before, I was apprehensive. His session was a keynote, the audience was tough, but one minute into his speech, the attention was 100%. You could hear a pin drop, everyone related to his adventure and story of determination in business. We were all truly motivated by it. In our feedback survey everyone voted 5/5 for Pete, we would definitely hire him again!” - Robert Nehme, Director of Corporate Marketing, TECSYS Inc. USA. TECSYS Inc: - SmartVision Summit
“Pete’s work with executives exhibits his ability to reinforce important business lessons. These include, how to move on from having an idea to making it happen and how to manage risk. He always remains humble and grounded - reinforcing the concept of the team approach. Pete’s sessions provide the ideal backdrop for global senior executives to challenge their capability, whilst remaining true to their values.” - Steve Mostyn, Associate Fellow Said Business School, University of Oxford
"What strikes me most about Pete Goss is that he’s authentic! No pretenses, no self-adulation, just exceptional wisdom and leadership skill. He takes real-life adventures and extracts lessons that are relevant to many business situations." - Dick Ehst, President, Customers Bank, Wyomissing, PA

"Pete is truly captivating, both as a speaker and as an individual. He was the opening key-note speaker for our conference focusing on the exploration of new environments and challenges within HR and tax and succeeded in inspiring our audience. Faced with a diverse group of delegates, he shared his stories of endeavour and drew meaningful parallels between his experiences and the challenges facing each of us across our businesses today.

His style is balanced and at times understated, not punctuated with dramatic outbursts or flashy media, however through this he delivers a significant impact. Having captured the unwavering attention of every delegate within seconds of his introduction, Pete’s session proved to be a source of energy and a talking point throughout the whole of our event." - Chris Jenkins, Deloitte

Books By Pete Goss

Close to the Wind (1998)

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