Discover the speakers involved in the Yacht Racing Forum 2017

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Kim Andersen

President of World Sailing

Nationality: DEN Biography: World Sailing President Kim Andersen is a long-time sailor having represented Denmark in over 20 World and European Championships. He has long been involved with the sport as an elite athlete and senior administrator. Andersen has a proven track record in implementing and managing successful organisations, working as CEO, Vice-President and Managing…

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Vannes le 10 février 2017, Yann Perfornis directeur general de Multiplast, Photo © Jean Marie Liot pour Multiplast
Vannes february 10th, 2017, Yann Perfornis directeur general de Multiplast.
Photo © Jean Marie Liot / Multiplast

Yann Penfornis


Nationality: FRA Biography: Carboman CEO Yann Penfornis is one of the world’s leading high end sailing boats builder. Born on September 1966, he has built innumerable record-breaking yachts, including the trimarans IDEC and Sodebo, who recently brought Multiplast a 6th Jules Verne Trophy as well as the singlehanded round the world record. The french company Multiplast SAS and…

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Ian Walker

Director of Racing, Royal Yachting Association, UK

Nationality: UK Biography: Winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014 – 15, Ian Walker (born 25 February 1970 in Worcester, Worcestershire) is one of Britain’s most successful sailors, with two Olympic silver medals to his name. Walker also coached Shirley Robertson and her Yngling Team to gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He is a member…

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Philippe Guigné

Virtual Regatta

Nationality: FRA Biography: Born in La Rochelle, aged 47. Philippe is a French former pro-sailor and Internet pioneer. After winning several national and international sailing competitions, Philippe started working for major internet and gaming companies. He founded VIRTUAL REGATTA with a simple idea: “Before, people could follow sailing events, now everyone can participate with our…

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Keith Lovett

Senior Underwriter, MS Amlin

Nationality: UK Biography: A Senior Yacht and Marine Trade Insurance Underwriter providing tailored insurance for race teams, event managers, boat builders, much of the supply chain and individual yachts. 30 plus years’ experience, an avid sailor and owner of a 35’ race boat hence ideally place to cater for our niche within the yacht insurance…

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Nick Moloney

Nationality: AUS Biography: Nick Moloney has competed twice in the America’s Cup, circumnavigated the globe three times in the Volvo Ocean Race, the Jules Verne Record and the Vendee Globe. He has broken 15 world records and still retains the title of the only person to ever windsurf solo across the notorious Bass Strait, the…

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Ben Remocker

Manager of both the international 49er Class Association and the International Nacra 17 Association

Nationality: CAN Biography: Ben is the manager of both the international 49er Class Association and the International Nacra 17 Association. While racing seriously, Ben was the 49er crew for Canada at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, finishing 14th place. Ben also coached the Canadian RSX in London 2012. As an engineer and economist, Ben has worked…

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Tony Bishop

Founder of Bart’s Bash

Nationality: UK Biography: Tony is the founder of Bart’s Bash, the global sailing event raising funds for the Andrew Simpson Foundation and verified by Guinness World Records as ‘The Largest Sailing Race in the World’. Bart’s Bash is the day when we especially remember and race in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, the double Olympic medallist who…

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Hasso Hoffmeister

Senior Principal Engineer; Special & Light Craft, IWV and EC, DNVGL

Nationality: GER Biography: Hasso Hoffmeister has been working for Classification Society DNVGL (former Germanischer Lloyd) since 1993, as graduated Naval Architect. Since, he has been involved in the assessment of marine structures, yachts and rigs, developed several standards and guidelines, amongst which are the GL Guidelines for Structural Design of Racing Yachts. Thus, his particular…

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Phil Jenkins

Award winning social media expert

Nationality: UK Biography: Currently digital & communications director for a global recruitment consultancy, delivering websites and great content across 27 countries. Also a part time crew member at Seahorse Magazine and a full time digital obsessive. Phil and his lovely team have won a few awards recently – making the global top three influencers list on LinkedIn for…

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Alistair Watkins

Managing Director Influence Sports

Alistair Watkins is the Founder and Managing Director of Influence Sports & Media, a London based sports marketing agency with expertise in sponsorship sales, sponsorship activation, PR and content production.  Alistair was the Marketing Director of America’s Cup team, Alinghi 2007-2009, and has been involved in every America’s Cup since along with the agency providing specialist resource to the IMOCA…

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Dawn Riley

Executive Director, Oakcliff Sailing Centre / Master of Ceremony YRF

Nationality: USA Biography: As CEO and Captain of America True, Dawn was the first woman to manage an America’s Cup sailing team. She is also the first American, man or woman to have raced on three America’s Cup teams and two Whitbread Round-the-World Race (now Volvo Ocean Race) sailing teams. After which, she was the general…

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Mark Davis

President, Sailors for the Sea

Nationality: USA Biography: Mark is the president of Sailors for the Sea, the world’s leading ocean conservation nonprofit that serves the sailing community through education and engagement.He is an avid sailor with a USCG 100-ton Master’s license, explorer, Fellow at the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, and a globally recognized environmental leader. He…

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Andrew Miller

Nautical Channel

Nationality: Italian/USA Born: France Education: Boston University BS in Film and Television & International Relations Andew Miller is an enthusiastic sailor, seasoned media expert, television professional and the Founder of Nautical Channel; the only 24/7 TV channel dedicated to water sports. Nautical Channel is currently in 56 countries spanning from Denmark to Australia, delivering live…

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James Hall


In 2004 Spinlock launched its Deckware Series, an innovative range of Lifejacket harnesses. Identifying that there had been little product development for over thirty years, Spinlock designed a range of harness and lifejackets designed to ergonomically fit the body and its movements whilst sailing. Using modern sports materials the lifejacket harness is attractive in design…

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Stephen Willacy

Aarhus Chief City Architect

Nationality: UK Biography: Educated as an architect at Oxford Brooks University and Westminster University Stephen has been based in Aarhus, Denmark since 1984. Stephen has combined practice as a partner at internationally acclaimed Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and with teaching and research as associate professor at Aarhus School of Architecture. Projects include award winning University of…

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Christian Dumard

Sailor and router Read More

Rémi Finiel

Forward WIP

Nationality: SUI Biography: Mechanical engineer ENSAM 25 years of experience in Sport products development Product developer in Nidecker Snowboard (Swiss) International marketing manager in Salomon Snowboard (France) Founder and manager of Forward WIP, n°1 Water Impact Protection Thanks to a long time experience in action sport development, Remi could anticipate the new protection trend in…

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Mark Turner, New CEO of the Volvo Ocean race 2017-18

Mark Turner (by videoconference)

Volvo Ocean Race

Nationality: UK Biography: Mark Turner was appointed Volvo Ocean Race CEO in June 2016. The Briton, who competed in offshore sailing’s leading international event as a sailor in 1989, and also masterminded the Dongfeng Race Team project in the 2014-15 edition, took up the post after 23 years at the helm of global sports marketing company,…

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Gary Jobson

Gary Jobson

Vice President of the International Sailing Federation

Nationality: USA Biography: TV commentator and author, Vice President of the International Sailing Federation

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Sarah Allan

Maritime solicitor / Bentleys Stokes & Lowless

Nationality: UK Biography:  Sarah Allan is a partner at Bentley Stokes & Lowless specialising in maritime law.  Whilst she has over 15 years’ experience handling commercial shipping disputes, she has also developed a substantial yacht practice both dealing with serious incidents for insurers or owners, but also advising on all types of contracts and regulations.    This…

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Richard Mason, Operation Director of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

Richard Mason

Richard has spend the best part of the past 20 years sailing professionally working with the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup. He has completed 4 Volvo Ocean Races as a sailor. For the 12th edition of the race he was the shore manager of the all female team SCA. On completion of the SCA project,…

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John Quigley


Nationality: UK Biography: Chief Executive and Founder of QXI International – the core Risk & Insurance business is augmented by other entrepreneurial endeavours in Europe and the Sultanate of Oman, including the ‘ResQkite’ for the VO65s. First becoming involved with the Whitbread RTW / Volvo Ocean Race in 1993 and since working continuously with and…

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David Raison


David Raison is a Naval Architect for SEAir, in charge of design and integration of foil system on board flying “SEAir Mini 747”. He is also the designer and builder of revolutionary scow bowed Minis “Magnum” n° 747 launched in 2010 and spin off “Maximum” n° 865 launched in 2014. Magnum 747 won 11 Classe…

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Christian Scherrer

Nationality: SUI Biography: Christian Scherrer is one of Switzerland’s best-known sailors. He’s sailing career dates back to 1993-94 when he was a watch captain on Merit Cup for the Whitbread Round the World Race. He further competed in four America’s Cup campaigns, including the victorious Alinghi campaign bringing the Cup to Switzerland, and earned a Match Racing…

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Jonathan Levy

Global Business and Communications Director, Clipper Ventures

Nationality: UK Biography: Jonathan Levy is an experienced communicator and marketeer with a long and distinguished career in the media and commercial sectors; pioneering the introduction of digital technology and communications in content creation, business process and brand globalisation, and building international partnerships with corporate, consumer and destination brands. This experience combines into his role…

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Marcus Baur

Marcus Baur, age 46, is a trained architect and entrepreneur. As a professional sailor he competed in two Olympic Games in the fast and furious 49er class. He won numerous medals at European- and World Championships and led the world ranking for more than two years. After ending his sailing career in 2008, Marcus co-founded…

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Dimitri Nicolopoulos-Salle

Founding Partner, KND Sailing Performance, Spain

Nationality: GRE Biography: KND’s vision is to bring together the power of predictive simulations (CFD & VPP) and the reality check coming from data analysis of racing yachts.

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Rabih Azad-Ahmad

Mayor of Sport, Culture and Citizen Services, the City of Aarhus.

As Mayor of Sport, Culture and Citizen Services in Aarhus, Rabih is the political leader for 850 employees and politically responsible for a variety of tasks and offers in areas such as sport, culture, public services, libraries and music. Rabih Azad-Ahmad was born on 26 February 1976 in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon. At…

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James Dadd

Director at the RORC Rating Office

Nationality: UK Biography: James Dadd has recently taken over as the director at the RORC Rating Office after nearly 18 years in the office.

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Philip Lotz

Commodore, New York Yacht Club Read More

Thierry Bouvard

Responsable du Pôle Programmes Editoriaux et Sponsoring, Banque Populaire

Nationality: FRA Biography: Thierry Bouvard, a 48-year-old French national, is head of brand content, social media and sponsorship development at Banque Populaire part of the BPCE group, the second largest bank in France with over 40 million customers. A graduate of the ESSEC Business School with a masters in management and in communication & marketing…

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Liz Rushall

Nationality: British Biography: Liz has recently completed a research project for the UK trade association British Marine, highlighting the downward participation trends in sailing, and the social and generational changes affecting future boating and water sports customers and their likely participation habits. She was Chairman of the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Participation and Membership Committee…

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Dobbs Davis

Nationality: USA Biography: Based in Annapolis, USA and active as a professional sailor, journalist, instructor and project manager, Dobbs has touched on nearly every aspect of yacht racing over the past 25 years of his involvement in the game.

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Paolo Manganelli

Nationality: ITA & FR Biography: Paolo is a structural engineer specialised in the design of composite structures of sailing yachts. A member of the structural engineering team of Gurit since 2005, Paolo has contributed to the structural design of many cruising and racing boats including TP52s, IMOCA60s, Volvo 70’s, the Volvo 65’ one designs and several…

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Luca Rizzotti

President and founder of the Foiling Week™

Nationality: ITA Biography: During the Italian Moth Championships held soon after the 34th America’s Cup finals in 2013 Luca sensed that the time was right to promote the development of foiling, the new way to go sailing.

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Sébastien Rogues


Born in 1986, Sébastien Rogues started dinghy sailing when he was 6 years old. In 2007, aged 21, Sébastien started racing at a top level, aiming to become a professional skipper. After acquiring his first boat, a Pogo 2, Series class Mini 6.50, he achieved very promising results in solo races on the Mini 6.50…

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Richard Percy

CEO, Andrew Simpson Foundation

Richard Percy is the CEO of the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF). He is passionate about the positive impact sailing can have on young people’s lives and has over 19 years of experience of working at the forefront of grassroots sailing development internationally. Richard has sailed for the past 32 years and is qualified at the…

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Laure Caucanas


Passionate about water sports since childhood and after 12 years spent working in finance, in 2014 Laure Caucanas decided to join Sébastien Rogues on his new flying projects. For 3 years now she has been managing the ENGIE Sailing Team project and with Sebastien she is at the origin of the PEGASIUS Project adventure on…

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