Pete Goss

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Pete Goss is a former Royal Marine whose life has been dominated by the sport and adventure of sailing. He has a record of competitive excellence which includes four transatlantic and two round-the-world races.

Pete's most recognised event was the 1996/7 Vendée Globe non-stop, single-handed round-the-world yacht race in his Open 50 yacht  'Aqua Quorum'. The race included the dramatic rescue of fellow competitor Raphael Dinelli, for which Pete was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty The Queen and the Legion d'Honneur by the French President.

Pete subsequently gathered together the team and sponsors for the construction of the world-famous giant catamaran 'Team Philips'; a five-year project which ended with the sad loss of the boat, but thankfully not the crew, in a freak mid-Atlantic storm in December 2000.

Always leading from the front, Pete is recognised as someone who can put together teams and make things happen, sometimes against seemingly impossible odds. Working on the cutting-edge of technology, Pete's teams have to be both complex and diverse. Their skills and responsibility range from design to build, sponsorship, PR and, of course, the adventure.

Pete's next project, in partnership with Alan Chambers MBE, is to complete Scott’s epic journey from McMurdo to the South Pole and back again with no outside assistance.