Smith, who led the Northern Irish entry to second place in the 10th edition of the race this past summer, takes up the position vacated by his predecessor Mark Light, who was named as the new race director earlier this month.
The 36-year-old from West Kilbride in Scotland helmed Derry~Londonderry~Doire to its best result in the Clipper Race thus far saw, which has seen him shortlisted for RYA Scotland’s Performance of the Year Award.
As deputy race director, Smith’s role will include managing the 12 professional skippers, leading the race office team in each of the international stopover locations, and assisting the race director with the operations and logistics of running the world’s longest ocean race.
“As well as Daniel’s experiences on the race, I was very impressed with his professional attitude and ability to perform under extreme pressure,” said new race director Mark Light. “This was a vital aspect of my hiring decision as I need to have a deputy I can trust to make sure standards and safety are adhered to at all times.
“We welcome Daniel into the Clipper Race family once more and know he will do a fantastic job in his new role.”