Power Of One111

Skippered by Donald Alexander ‘Power Of One’ is an Akalaria RC2 built in 2011. While ‘Power Of One’ will be new to the Atlantic Cup she certainly isn’t new to owner and skipper Donald who has sailed her single handed across the Atlantic. Donald has secured Paul Peggs a British sailor with huge experience of the Class40 fleet to race alongside him. 

  • Boat Name: Power of One
  • Port of Registry: Savannah, Georgia
  • Builder: MC-Tech
  • Designer: M. Lombard
  • Year Launched: 2011
  • Source of Energy Production: Hydrogenerator

Donald Alexander

Age: 59

Hometown: Durban, South Africa

Describe yourself in one word: Adventurous

Are you single, in a relationship or married? Married to Debra and have a son, Jonathan, 30. 



Paul Peggs

Age: 62

Hometown: Kent, UK

Number of transatlantic: 10 

Donald Alexander:

Did you go to University? If so, where?

Durban, South Africa and Columbia, New York

Did you or do you play any other competitive sports?

Dinghy sailing and kitesurfing!


If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them?

Stop or reduce consumption of mass produced/harvested meat/fish.

Sailing Information: 

What makes you tough enough to race in the Atlantic Cup?

You never know if you are tough enough, though have solo’d the Atlantic.

For someone who doesn’t understand short-handed offshore sailing, can you explain it in less than 2 sentences?

Gives you a very close connection to nature.

How old were you when you first went sailing?

3 years old

How did you get into competitive sailing? 

Through my parents

Describe sailing how you see sailing in one word: 


In what way are you superstitious before a race? 

I’m not! 

Number of transatlantic  crossings under sail?

One, solo

What is one of your goals for your sailing career? 

Vendee Globe

What is your 2018 race schedule? 

Atlantic Cup followed by the Route du Rhum 

How did you meet your co-skipper?

Paul helped me buy the boat in 2014 and has provided me lots of support and advice

What are the strengths of your co-skipper?

Vast experience and knowledge and a willingness to share it liberally.

What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least?

Connection with the elements and nature. Sea sickness and calms.

What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck? 

Man Overboard or injury 

What makes you and your c0-skipper a good team? 

We get on well together

What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race?

Getting familiar with racing a Class 40.

What’s your favorite meal whilst offshore?  

One of my wife’s vegan meals. 


What is your favorite sports team?

South African Rugby Team – The Springboks 

If you could meet anyone, living or dead who would it be? 

Nelson Mandela

Paul Peggs:

Sailing Information: 

How did you get into competitive sailing? 

Dinghy Sailing 

Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: 


Please list some of your sailing career highlights:

MiniTranst 2001

1st in Class Double Handed Round Britain and Ireland 2002

1st Solo Offshore Racing Club series 05, 06, 07

2nd Overall Double handed Round Britain and Ireland (Class 40)2010

3rd Leg one Global Ocean Race (Class 40) 2012

1st Class 40 RORC Round Britain and Ireland 2014

What is your 2018 race schedule?

Atlantic Cup

RORC Round Ireland Race

RORC Round Britian and Ireland

RORC Transatlantic

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