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ABOUT SIR CHAY
SIR CHAY'S ACHIEVEMENTS
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Sir Chay Blyth is a master adventurer and motivator. Proudly Scottish, he signed up with The Parachute Regiment at the age of 18 and rose quickly through the ranks, becoming a Sergeant at the age of 21 - the regiment's youngest ever at that time.

 

In 1966, Blyth teamed up with John Ridgeway to row across the Atlantic in a 20ft dory from Cape Cod to the Arran Islands. They completed the distance in 92 days and were both awarded the British Empire Medal and voted Man of the Year.

 

In 1971, Chay became the first person to sail non-stop westwards around the world against the prevailing winds and currents. Sailing the 59ft ketch British Steel, was awarded the CBE, voted Yachtsman of the Year and again Man of the Year.

 

Two years later, he led a team of Paratroopers to line honours victory in the first Whitbread Round the World race aboard the maxi yacht Great Britain II. Since then he has accumulated a staggering list of racing successes:

 

 

A master in marketing, motivation and team management, Sir Chay provided the planning, resources, training and encouragement that led some 2,000 raw recruits taking up the challenge of sailing around the world.

 

He lives by the Paratroop motto -  'ready for anything'

 

 

"A real motivator. Sir Chay has achieved so much. His presentation was both enjoyable and memorable"

Achievements 1978: won the Two-handed Round Britain race with Rob James in Great Britain IV
1981: won the Two-handed Transatlantic race with Rob James in Brittany Ferries
1982: 2nd overall in Round Britain Race
1986: co-skippered with Richard Branson the successful Blue Riband transatlantic attempt on Virgin Atlantic Challenger II.
1989: Sir Chay founded The Challenge Business, a market leader in creating, managing and promoting world class events.
1997: Knighted for his services to sailing.

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