Nikki Henderson

Clipper Race Skipper Who Was Crowned 2018's 'Yachtsman Of The Year' & Shortlisted For The 'Women Of The Future Sport Award'

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“Nikki held her audience in the palm of her hand. Engaging, passionate, entertaining, with a real life story of exciting and challenging adventure to tell, she proved herself an outstanding speaker whom we would recommend to anyone. This was a talk aimed at an audience from age 11 to 80 and it hit the mark completely all round. Older audience members were uplifted and in awe; youngsters wanted her to come back again. Brilliant film clips and graphics etc. added to the fun. Not only is Nikki an outstanding sailor and leader/captain; she is a talented communicator, too.” - Alice, Girl School Association

"It is very rare to meet someone who has the ability to have an impact such as did you yesterday. You have a quiet authority together with a natural humanity and humility that is a very rare combination. You really did change attitudes." - Nigel, FSSA President

"British professional yachtswoman Nikki Henderson is an absolute inspiration to all ages. Her ‘Resilience: taking risks and learning from failure’ presentations at our school were truly incredible, pitched at exactly the right level for everyone she spoke to, including: students, parents, keen sailors and the local community. From interactive, sailing- themed activities with our primary students, all the way through to messages of resilience for our Sixth Form, such as: ‘when things don’t go exactly to plan, it’s not the end of the world, and could be the best thing that ever happens to you’. She knew exactly how to engage our students with dynamism, humour and a thought-provoking look at reality. An incredible motivator who I would wholeheartedly recommend and would invite back in a second." - Joanna, Monmouth School For Girls

"Thanks SO much, that was brilliant. Very impressive that you avoided the lazy trap of just reeling off a list of your achievements (fascinating in themselves of course) in favour of a more structured and thoughtful presentation which you’d tailored to the team." - Elizabeth, FTI Consulting

"For me it was a reminder that it is only by taking ourselves to the limits of our mental and physical resources that we really discover ourselves, and an inspirational talk for all young women who may still doubt that the way is open for them to do something amazing with their lives. I will reflect on, and be inspired by, the evening for a long time to come." - Andrew, Monmouth School For Girls

"On Thursday morning I met with a large group of Grade 11 parents. They were very happy about the Leadership day on Tuesday, they brought it up without me asking about the day. This means that the students have talked about it at home, something grade 11 students do not normally do. This is clear evidence that it was a very successful day and I know the grade 8 day was similarly successful. I was very impressed how you went about this – you managed to catch the 100 plus teenage audience from the first minute and kept them engaged for a full day. That is not easy. There was good pace and variation throughout the day and, most importantly, you certainly made students think in new ways." - Anders, Munich International School

  • 2013 – Skippered her First Transatlantic Race Aged 20
  • 2018 – Youngest Person to Skipper in the Clipper Round the World Race
  • 2018 – Named Yachtsman of the Year
  • 2019 – Supported Greta Thunberg aboard a Vagabonde
  • 2020 – Named on London Power’s 100 List of Most Influential People in London