SPEAKERS 2017

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

Yann Penfornis

Multiplast

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 Read More
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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

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Andrew Miller

Nautical Channel Read More

James Hall

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Klaus Natorp

Sailing Aarhus Read More

Christian Dumard

Sailor and router Read More

Rémi Finiel

Forward WIP Read More
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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

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

Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless Read More

Richard Mason

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David Raison

SEAir

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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