Fourth Cape is an independent, sports management company specialising in sailing for commercial sponsors and private individuals, we strive to make big ideas a practical reality, delivering ambitious and commercially-successful sporting projects.

Drawing on a wealth of knowledge and over 40 years experience in the sailing sector, we have advised International Governing Bodies on the creation of bold new events, global brands on the activation strategy of sailing campaigns and private individuals around custom projects making Fourth Cape the perfect independent consultants for future projects.

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Fourth Cape was created by founder and Managing Director Charles Darbyshire. Leaning on a wealth of experience from being part of the team that planned and built Ellen MacArthur’s round the world record-breaking trimaran,  and the Route du Rhum winning IMOCA60 to creating and directing the Artemis Offshore Academy. His event experience extends to being part of the team that rescued The Transat, created the Barcelona World Race and the groundbreaking stadium sailing event – The Extreme Sailing Series. The same team was responsible for the creation of Oman Sail, an innovative national sports programme.

Charles’ circumnavigation was as part of the first big Oman Sail project  - a record attempt to sail non-stop around the world from Oman, and in doing so, enable one of the Omani team to be the first-ever Arab sailor to complete the non-stop ‘lap’  -  in doing so, creating a national hero. 

During this circumnavigation, Charles passed the three great capes, Cape Leeuwin, (The most south-westerly mainland point of Australia), the infamous,  Cape Horn, (The most southerly point of South America) and the Cape of Good Hope

Fourth Cape is Charles' fourth great landmark.


Our Team

For the last thirty years the team that makes up Fourth Cape have worked across multiple pan European and global projects from; technical consultations, brand activations, managing sponsorship portfolios to campaign management and are all bound by a spirit of adventure and thirst for taking on a challenge.

Together we have unrivalled experience in the sport of sailing, having managed projects including Dame Ellen MacArthur’s world record circumnavigation of the globe and the creation of Britain’s first-ever offshore sailing academy tasked with developing the next generation of top-level international sailors.

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Charles Darbyshire

Managing Director

Founder of Fourth Cape, a specialist in project creativity, management and communication with extensive experience in all aspects of teams and events.


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Nick Mason

Commercial Director

A strategic marketeer with a track record of delivering effective strategies and commercial plans for teams, rights holders and brands within sailing.

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Mark Angell

Marketing Lead

A sponsorship and marketing specialist with considerable experience delivering programs and activations for brands

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Nick Cherry

Sailor & Project Manager

Manager of 'Redshift' a two-boat sailing campaign, Nick is a four-time national match racing champion and short-handed expert.

The World of Fourth Cape

2019 World of Fourth Cape

Project and performance management of Red Shift Fast 40+ program

Supporting the Collegiate Offshore Sailing Circuit (COSC) in procuring and project management to derig and deliver Beneteau Figaro 2 boats to the USA

Fourth Cape E Bar - Adjustable steering bar prototype built, developed and tested

Jeanneau Sun Fast 3300 Project developed with Sea Ventures UK and sailors Hannah Diamond & Henry Bomby

Consultation to World Sailing supporting the development of the Mixed, Double Handed Olympic event

Project management of Cowes Week activation for client Musto

Activation support for Red Funnel around sailing events, employee and customer engagement

Specialist marine planning and support for the Talisker 'Wilderness Bar

2018 World of Fourth Cape

Overall management of the Offshore Academy

2 x Offshore Academy entrants in the 2018 La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro 5 stage solo race                    (Hugh Brayshaw onboard KAMAT & Nick Cherry onboard REDSHIFT)

Supporting partner Red Funnel around their sailing event activations for Employee and Client engagement

Development of Isle of Wight Academy concept and partnership with Isle of Wight Council

Tirion project delivered  - A private owner project to develop sailing & racing skills utilising a J70

The Offshore Academy - 2 Boats compete in La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro - 2017

Mary Rook - Inspire+ & Hugh Brayshaw onboard The Offshore Academy

Fourth Cape Ltd is Born - Oct 2017

Will Harris wins La Solitaire Rookie Prize (17th Overall) - 2016

Artemis Offshore Academy is Born - Oct 2009

Recent Projects


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