David Roberts - Skipper



Born in South Devon in 1986, I have sailed as long as I can remember. Starting with competitively racing dinghies and occasionally on racing keelboats at regattas, I then decided in a gap year from University to try and crew on yacht deliveries, from that initial introduction to offshore sailing I have never looked back and a career in yachting has resulted.


Since 2010 I have been working in the South, first as a crew for two seasons on Pelagic Australis, Skip Novak's 74ft expedition yacht based in the Falklands. After these two amazing seasons including trips supporting ski touring expeditions, a film charter as well as adventure tourism; I caught the “Southern Ocean bug” and could think of nowhere I would prefer to be. Having visited numerous fascinating destinations in the Southern Ocean including South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn, I have gained a wealth of experience in this area.


I was then offered and accepted the opportunity to skipper Skip's original vessel, the 54ft Pelagic for three seasons including a five month project working with a BBC production in Antarctica, five weeks in South Georgia supporting a kayak team who circumnavigated the windswept island, and taking the team from Yachting World magazine to Cape Horn to make a series documenting heavy weather techniques with the articles written by Skip.


Following this, I took over the reins of Pelagic Australis for two seasons, including a late winter mountaineering expedition to South Georgia, supporting a scientific team studying climate change in South Georgia, drone filming in Antarctica, as well as many other mountaineering, tourism and diving charters in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands.


Leaving Pelagic Australis I decided to have a sabbatical from working in the south, and with my partner spent time exploring New Zealand, a country which had fascinated me since childhood; and then the Falkland Islands where I had spent time, but had more to see and share. It was during this stay in the Falklands that I was tempted back into the South again, first with Pelagic working with the BBC; then by Quixote Expeditions "Ocean Tramp", a 65ft expedition yacht with an interesting Antarctic programme for the 2018-19 season.


I am a commercially endorsed Ocean Yachtmaster with a FREC3 level medical training which makes me suitable to lead a voyage anywhere in the world.​