SPEAKERS 2018

Discover the speakers involved in the Yacht Racing Forum 2018

Alistair Dickson

Director of Sport Development, Royal Yachting Association

Alistair is the Director of Sport Development at the RYA with responsibility for all activity linked to increasing boating participation in the UK. Since being in post, Alistair has lead a restructure and relaunch of the RYA’s OnBoard programme which is designed to increase the number and diversity of young people within sailing and windsurfing….

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Michel Desjoyeaux

At the age of 20, Michel Desjoyeaux was recruited by Eric Tabarly for his first round the world race.  Since then, in monohulls, multihulls, small or large boats, in regattas between three buoys or around the world, Michel Desjoyeaux has built up a unique list of achievements in the world of sailing. A solo sailor,…

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Phil Lotz

Commodore - New York Yacht Club

Philip J. Lotz (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Newport, R.I.) was elected as the 65th Commodore of the New York Yacht Club in December of 2016. A native of New York, he first learned to sail in a Dyer Dhow on New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay and Cazenovia Lake, in upstate New York, and then spent five summers teaching sailing…

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Armel Le Cleac’h

Born on 11 May 1977 in Saint-Pol-de-Léon (Finistère) Armel Le Cléac’h, winner of the last Vendée Globe, is the first skipper to have completed the Vendée three times in a row, always ranked on the podium (2nd in 2009, 2nd in 2013, 1st in 2017). With a prestigious track record and several solo records, including…

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Marcus Hutchinson

Director at Vivi Resources Limited

Hutchinson’s professional career has crossed yacht design and engineering (Robert Humphreys Yacht Design) writing, journalism and editing various specialist publications (Seahorse Magazine), event management, communications and media relations (Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup, Audi MedCup, Volvo Ocean Race), sailing team management (TeamOrigin, Aleph), coaching (Artemis Offshore Academy) and latterly specific project management of IMOCA 60…

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Loïck Peyron

Round the world sailor and America’s Cup finalist, Loïck Peyron is undoubtedly the most emblematic skipper of the “French school” of ocean racing, but his exceptional record is not enough to define this outstanding sailor. Endowed with an incredible sixth sense of the sea, Loïck Peyron is also an outstanding communicator and technician whose influence…

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Hugo Kerhascoët

Autopilot expert

Recognized expert in the automatic steering of racing boats, Hugo practice competition since a very young age. Embedded systems engineer and PhD in signal processing, he is a former high profile sailor who divides his time between the design of the systems at the office and their implementation onboard. These have proven themselves during the biggest ocean…

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Dan Primrose

Co-founder of SmartSail, founder of Light Black Design and Primrose Fry Products

Co-founder of SmartSail, founder of Light Black Design and Primrose Fry Products, producing the revolutionary Flattens. With a degree in Yacht Design from Solent University (SIHE), Dan has worked for more than 25 years in prestigious companies including Pendennis Shipyard, McLaren Automotive, Red Bull F1 team, Caparo Vehicle Technologies, Gordon Murray Design, Acro Aircraft Seating,…

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Gonzalo Redondo

Owner and Managing Director of D3 Applied Technologies

Nationality: Spanish Biography: Founder and managing director of D3 Applied Technologies, specialized in high performance design. Team member of winning Volvo Ocean Race campaigns as well as Imoca 60’s and America’s Cup, first with Artemis Racing and now with American Magic. Designer of multiple foiling yachts and A-cat sailor. Gonzalo, as part of the TF35…

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Keith Lovett

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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Martin Wadhams

Chairman – RS Sailing

Martin and his team launched the RS sailboat range in the mid 1990s and have developed it into one of the world’s most successful sailboat brands, distributed across the globe and believed to now outsell any other. With an emphasis on participation from the outset, the RS range starts with entry level dinghies for training…

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Nathalie Quéré

Director Brand and Creative services at AkzoNobel and Campaign Director team AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018

Nathalie is since March 2012 the Director Brand and Creative services at AkzoNobel. Educated in Brand, Communication and PR, Nathalie Quéré has an extensive experience in the international corporate brand and communication field, from operational activities to global communications, brand strategy and digital communications strategy with a unique expertise in global sponsorship deals and international…

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Merfyn Owen

Founding Partner at Owen Clarke Design LLP

Merfyn Owen is a naval architect, fellow of RINA and founding partner of Owen Clarke Design LLP.  He first rounded Cape Horn as co-skipper of an Open 60 in 1993 and was later retained as project manager for the design and build (at JMV, in Cherbourg) of the Finot-Conq designed IMOCA 60, Team Group 4….

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Alain Lanckbeen

ALL4ONE consulting

Alain Lanckbeen, a keen sailor, who turned to performance coaching after a diverse career with an energy major, is specialised in competitiveness training through immersive serious games. In consultation with professional sailors, he has developed the ALL4ONE TROPHY, a business game about anticipation, resilience and decision-making in complex and dynamic environments, simulating the preparation and…

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Rémi Finiel

Founder 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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Gary Jobson

Vice President of World Sailing, TV commentator and producer

Nationality: USA Biography:  Vice President of World Sailing,  TV commentator and producer

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Luca Rizzotti

Founder, 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. He was supported and encouraged by a few more visionaries and announced in late December the first ever Foiling…

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Rachel Fallon Langdon

Phaedo Sailing Team manager

Rachel Fallon-Langdon began her career in yachting as a teenager, sailing out of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. After graduating from Southampton Solent University with a degree in Yacht Manufacture and  Design , Fallon-Langdon worked as an in-house designer at South Wind Shipyard on the Bruce Farr series of SuperYachts. From In-House Designer to Marketing Director, Fallon-Langdon…

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Emmanuel Bachellerie

General manager, Class Ultime

Communication consultant since the beginning of his professional career for all types / sizes of companies, Emmanuel Bachellerie was, among others, communication director of the Multicup in 2006 (ORMA) and in charge of the Gitana Team’s communication in 2007. Passionate about offshore racing, he was chosen by Actual, Banque Populaire, Macif and Sodebo to build,…

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Andy Rice

Owner, Sailing Intelligence

Andy is a full-time sailing journalist, broadcaster and marketing consultant, and is the editor of website www.SailJuice.com Andy has won national and European championships in a number of high performance dinghy classes. Back in the 1990s he was part of the GBR Olympic Squad in the 470 and 49er classes. Ever since his first published…

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Jacques Valente

Born on the shores of Lake Geneva (Switzerland), Jacques Valente has always been passionate about sailing and regattas. It was this passion that led him to participate in the 2003 Mini Transat. In 2007 during the same race, Jacques is forced to give up in Madeira (Portugal), because of a net stop of his renal…

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Dimitri Nicolopoulos

KND-SailingPerformance

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. As of today KND has contributed to 7 world titles (IRC72 and TP52) and 2 Volvo Ocean Race victories. In 2016 we work with 5 out of 11…

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Hugo Feydit

R & D engineer at SEAir

Hugo Feydit is a R & D engineer at SEAir, specialized amongst other in foils. He has been a top level sailor, member of the French Sailing Federation since 2008, winning amongst others the French Moth championship in 2018. He is also French Elite Match Race champion 2018.

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Morten Brandt Rasmussen

I hold a master degree in communications and sports. I’ve worked as a journalist until 2015. I was the editor in chief of the Danish yachting media BådNyt for 7 years. It was in this position I created the Silverrudder Challenge concept in 2012. Looking at marathon and triathlon I was certain that many of…

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Gareth Thomas

Technical Support Team Manager, Akzo Nobel

Gareth originally trained as a Naval Architect and then subsequently worked as a boat builder and painter for several years before joining AkzoNobel in 2008. Gareth was initially part of a global technical service team working on failure analysis, investigations, coating specifications and new product development for the Awlgrip and International brands. Gareth now continues…

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Jack Griffin

Editor - CupExperience

Nationality: USA Biography: A leading authority on the America’s Cup, Jack Griffin is an author, keynote speaker and journalist. Jack’s book “Turning the Tide” provides the definitive account of how Oracle Team USA mounted their comeback to defend the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco. He is the Editor of Cup Experience, a unique newsletter and…

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Benoit Lebizay

Managing Partner, Gunboat

An avid sailor his whole life, Benoit Lebizay jumped ship from the Finance industry to build yachts. Benoit ran Garcia Yachting with Grand Large Yachting from 2012-2016, and since has been dedicating full attention to managing the future path and success of Gunboat. www.gunboat.com

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Bertrand Favre

A prominent figure in the world of owner driver one-design yacht racing, Bertrand Favre has been Class Manager for the D35 Trophy since 2003 and the RC44 Championship Tour since its inception in 2006. He is now leading the conception of the D35’s successor, an innovative foiling 35’ catamaran named TF35. Under Favre’s guidance the…

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Bill Pearson

North Sails

Bill began work at North Sails UK in 1990 under the late Peter Bateman, because if you wanted to “make it” in the sailmaking business, North Sails was the place to be. A reluctant transplant to Minden, Nevada, he soon realized that he had been transported to the center of the sailmaking universe. Bill has…

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Paolo Manganelli

Principal Engineer, Gurit Composite Engineering

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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Jonathan Duval

Jonathan Duval – Future Fibres, R&D Manager

Jonathan has been head of the R&D Department at Future Fibres, part of Southern Spars group, since March 2016. He has a Master´s Degree of Mechanical Engineering with a speciality in Materials and Plastic Processes from the French INSA Lyon University. He previously worked in France, Spain and USA on materials and manufacturing processes development…

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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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David Sineau

Initiatives-Coeur’s team manager

I have been Initiatives-Coeur’s team manager since 2014. Before joining Initiatives-Coeur, I have had mixed experiences as a company manager and owner in the fields of Internet and renewable energies, and as a sailor, participating twice in the Mini-Transat (3rd in 2003 and 2nd in 2007) and in «la solitaire du figaro » (ranking kept…

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Michel Kermarec

member of the New York Yacht Club American Magic design team

A member of the New York Yacht Club American Magic design team, Michel Kermarec is a French engineer and designer, specialized in race boats appendages. After competing in the Olympic Games in 1988 (Soling), he got involved in America’s Cup and offshore sailing project, working amongst others with Oracle Team USA for 10 years, from…

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Martin Keruzore

Martin grew up around the ocean and the world of sailing photography. He has almost a decade’s experience as a director, photographer, cameraman and editor. Starting out early, Martin has logged thousands of miles in French races and has been involved in many projects around Europe, sailing onboard the Multi 50 with Erwan Le Roux,…

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Anne-Claire Le Berre

I’m an Engineer and Naval Architect. I’m working with Team Initiatives-coeur since 2015. I’m in charge of IMOCA development and performance. Before that, I was a professional sailor and took part in 3 Olympic Campaigns on 470, Yngling and Match-Racing.

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Brian Carlin

Brian has spent the past 15 months undertaking the role of OBR Manager for the Volvo Ocean Race. Its the first time the On-Board Reporters have been taking in house directly by the race organisers. With this shift it was the races responsibility to select, train, equip and assign the On Board Reporters to the…

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Antoine Mermod

President, IMOCA Class

Antoine Mermod is the president of the IMOCA Class. He was previously – amongst others – team manager for Pieter Heerema’s Vendée Globe campaign,Team Manager at Energy Team France and Technical Director at Fundacio Navegacio Oceanica Barcelona. Antoine studied at ENSTA ParisTech – École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées – and is a marine engineer….

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Jean-Luc MICHON

Chairman of the European Region of the International Laser Class Association.

French native running as Chairman the European Laser Class ( EurILCA). Organize every year Laser events  in Europe who attract a lot of youngsters ( European Championships and Europa Cup). The European Laser Class also run a solidarity program for youth sailors. Involved with Youth Sailing since a long time, has been Head instructor at…

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Halvard Mabire

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Rob Holden

Training Delivery manager, World Sailing

Rob Holden born in South Africa developed a love for sailing through books at an early age but due to access to the sport only got into the sailing at age 25. Sailing multihull with his wife Elfie he took part in 5 world championships and when his Elfie fell pregnant with their second child…

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Yann Penfornis

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 Sodebo, Gitana 17 and Idec, who recently brought Multiplast a 6th Jules Verne Trophy as well as the singlehanded round the world record. The french company Multiplast SAS…

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Joseph MAGUET

Senior Engineer & Project manager, GSea Design

Nationality: FRA Biography: Born in Brittany, graduate from the famous National Institute of Applied Sciences in France, the young thirty-years old’s passion is above all sailing race, offshore or inshore. Former trainee and employee of HDS (merger with GSea Design), Joseph has been involved for the last 8 years in various projects of monohulls and multihulls…

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Denis Glehen

CEO, GSea Design

Nationality: FRA Biography: Born in 1968, Denis is an aeronautical engineer specialized in the structural design of racing yachts. In 2010, he created GseaDesign – a structural calculation company that took momentum when it partnered with HDS in 2015. For 24 years, Denis has worked on most of the racing monohullsand multihulls in France. With his…

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Thierry Verneuil

President of BIC Sport, Président of ENVSN, President of Team France

Thierry Verneuil is President of BIC sport since 1997, one of the world’s leading company in the nautical sports including historical Windsurf, Surf, Sup, Kayaks and Dinghies. The group is operating with two subsidiaries one in North America and one in Australia, with successful operations in Japan. 60 000 products are manufactured in the Vannes…

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Maël DEVOLDERE

Senior Engineer & Project manager, GSea Design

Nationality: FRA Biography: Maël is graduate of the ENSMA (National School of Mechanics and Aerotechnology), with a specialization in structural calculation and materials science. Mael joined GSea Design more than 5 years ago now after an internship at HDS (merger with GseaDesign) and a first professional experience at CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland…

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Renaud Bañuls

Founder, Bañulsdesign

Renaud Bañuls is the founder of bañulsdesign, the naval architecture and engineering company chosen by Thomas Coville as principal designer of his new Ultim Sodebo 5. Renaud is a naval architect benefiting from hands-on experience on racing multihulls & monohulls. As foredeck crew on Géant, the ORMA60 trimaran helmed by Michel Desjoyeaux and a trimmer…

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Christophe Baudry

Manager – Lorient Grand Large

52 years old, Manager of Lorient Grand Large, the association in charge of sailing events as well as the training of more than 100 talented skippers in Lorient. The city located in South Brittany is at the center of the Sailing Valley, an area that gathers more than 80% of French nautical competences in the…

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Yann Dollo

Deputy General Manager, CDK Technologies

Previously heading Eurolarge Innovation, Yann joined CDK Technologies in 2014 as Deputy General Manager. This mechanical engineer boasts a very sound understanding of the economics of ocean racing and brings into play his extensive experience, acquired over 15 years spent in the industrial environment as R&D and finance manager. Created in January 1984 by Hubert…

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Olivier de Roffignac

Pantaenius Insurance

Olivier de Roffignac is a passionate sailor born on the French Atlantic coast. He started his career as a sailing instructor, then became professional skipper and graduated from naval architect school. He is also a single hand offshore skipper, before the age of 30 he participated twice to the Mini-Transat and took part of several…

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Katia Merle

Project Engineer, Gurit Composite Engineering

Nationality : French Biography : Katia joined Gurit structural engineering team in 2006, after graduating from Southampton Yacht and Powercraft Design course. Over the years she has contributed to the structural design of a number of racing boats including IMOCA60s, Ultime, Class40, Mini650, and multiple superyachts. She also provided expertise to novel applications of composite…

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Quentin Lucet

Nationality: FR Biography: Quentin Lucet, naval architect has been involved with VPLP since 2006 in numerous racing projects. The range of projects is really wide with a common factor : performance. Quentin has contributed to the conception of many projects from the « Tour de France » Diam 24 to Spindrift 2 for the Jules Vernes Trophy, IMOCA 60’, Multi 50,…

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Xavier Guilbaud

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Vincent Lauriot-Prévost

Founder, VPLP

Nationality: FR Biography:  In 1983, him and Marc Van Peteghem created the firm Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (VPLP Design) and designed their first racing boat : a 50’ multihull foiler Gerard Lambert for the OSTAR. They have not looked back since. Arguably no other multihull designers have dominated in the various fields of yacht design:…

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Gautier Sergent

Ineos Sailing Team Read More

Hervé Favre

Offshore Sailing Events Director OC Sport & President of OC Sport Pen Duick

Nationality: SUI Biography: After having qualified as a Swiss lawyer, Hervé was the first Swiss to become Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1995. In parallel of his career, Hervé was totally attracted by the offshore sailing world where he completed 2 mini-transats (2001 and 2007), the Transat AG2R and the Solitaire…

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Paul Miller

Director of underwriting, Hiscox MGA

Currently Director of Underwriting at Hiscox MGA Ltd one of the largest Yacht and Marine Leisure Underwriting Agencies in the London & European Markets. Hiscox MGA have Underwriting authority from both Lloyd’s and the Company market and represent some of the largest and highest quality Insurers in the World. They insure a wide spectrum of…

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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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Bruno Dubois

Team Manager, DongFeng Race Team

Nationality: Belgium/Canadian Biography: Bruno Dubois is the son of a professional footballer who was born in Belgium in 1959 and lived there until the age of 18. As a boy he learned about elite sport, growing up in the home of a professional athlete. He started sailing in dinghies at the age of eight and by…

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Andraz Mihelin

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Nicolas Henard

French Sailing Federation President (since March 2017)

Born 19/09/1964 French Sailing Federation President (since March 2017) French Sailing Federation Council member (2013-2016) French Olympic Committee Board of Directors member (since 2017) Two times Olympic Gold Medalist (1988 and 1992) in Tornado Class World Championships Silver Medalist (1988) in Tornado Class European Championships Gold Medalist (1992) in Tornado Class Bank Manager Graduate from…

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Adrienne Cahalan

Adrienne has combined a career in international pro yacht racing with her work as a lawyer. Adrienne sailed her first Sydney Hobart Race in 1984, started sailing as a pro sailor in 1988 on 18 foot skiffs, was admitted to practise law in 1991and raced her first Whitbread as navigator 1993-1994. Adrienne is best known…

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Christian Karcher

3 times America's cup Winner

3 times America’s cup Winner AC winner with Alinghi (2003 & 2007) and Oracle Racing Team (2010) in sailing, coaching and engineering positions. Initially trained in mechanical engineering and business administration, Christian currently works as a coach adviser while still keeping track of AC strategies and moves on his YouTube channel.

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Corinne Migraine

French Sailing Federation Vice President in charge of Racing (since March 2017)

Born 05/11/1969 French Sailing Federation Vice President in charge of Racing (since March 2017) French Sailing Federation Council member (2013-2016) Commodore of the Société des Régates du Havre (2009-2013) French Optimist Class Association Vice President (2011-2013) Member of the Royal Yacht Squadron CEO S.I.E (electric industrial maintenance) Married, 4 children

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Randy Draftz

Owner of Charleston Yachting and event director for the Sperry Top -Sider Charleston Race Week

Randy Draftz is the owner of Charleston Yachting and Regatta Management. Charleston Yachting is a retailer and distributor for sailing equipment and rigging services located in North Charleston, SC. Regatta Management specializes in event management and consulting. He is also the Event Director for Sperry Charleston Race Week and has been involved in directing this…

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Chloë Lanthier

Lyofood

Chloë has a BA in Exercise Physiology and a Master in Sports Biomechanics & Human Performance. A consultant in sports medicine, she is an international leader in sports rehabilitation and performance training, she works with some of the best Sports Orthopedic Clinics and Professional Team in North America and in Europe. Chloë is the founder…

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Andy Claughton

Naval Architect. C.Eng. MRINA

Nationality: UK Biography: Andy Claughton is one of the most experienced Americas Cup designers, having been involved with the competition since 1983. He started dinghy sailing as a teenager, and graduated in Ship Science from the University of Southampton 1975. In 1977 joined the nascent Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics. This was where…

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Luc Talbourdet

Luc holds dual degrees in Business – MBA HEC and in engineering. After a career in petroleum exploration as a field engineer, Luc Talbourdet switched to sailing world in 2002 and became manager of Jean-Pierre DICK’s racing team. Together they develop the sailing team to reach 15 people in 2017 and 15 sponsors. In 2016,…

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Vanilla Temtching

SEAir Read More

Nicolas Loyer

Broker at CAP MARINE

Nicolas Loyer – broker at CAP MARINE, insurance broking firm specialized in marine and transport risks. CAP MARINE joined SIACI SAINT HONORE group in 2016 and is on a leading position on the French market. Nicolas has a Master degree in Marine & Transport Law. He joined Cap-Marine in 1998 and has been handling Hull…

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Jean-Francois Cuzon

Owner, Pixel sur Mer

Jean-François CUZON has been practicing competitive sailing for the past 25 years. Among others, he wins the 470 World Championship in Melbourne, Australia, in 1999. In 2001, he joins Michel Desjoyeaux’s team Mer Agitée as System Engineer and Navigator. In 2005, Jean-François becomes the navigator of the Areva Challenge French Team in Valence for the…

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Tommy Gonzalez

Owner & President, Fast Forward Composites

Tomas “Tommy” Gonzalez is a passionate sailor with well over 150,000 miles of ocean sailing experience on high performance multihulls. In 2001, Tommy placed third in the Jules Verne around the world sailing race on the catamaran TEAM ADVENTURE, captained by Cam Lewis. Tommy is also an experienced project manager, overseeing the design and construction…

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Damian Foxall

11th Hour Racing

Damian Foxall has 36 years of experience in the ocean and dinghy racing industry. He has spent most of his life competing on the water, during that time he logged 400,000 nautical miles as a professional racing sailor and has participated in 20+ Trans-Atlantics, 10 round the world races, and is a holder of numerous…

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Chris Nicholson

Pro Sailor

Chris Nicholson is a Volvo Ocean Race skipper and watch captain, six times sailing world champion, double Olympian

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Andrew Pindar

GAC Pindar

Nationality: UK Biography: As a sometime sailor Andrew became involved in more serious yachting over thirty seven years ago by sponsoring the North Sea Race from his home town of Scarborough to Ijmuiden, Holland. This proved to be the start of a relationship with boats, people and water which has evolved to make the Pindar name…

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Pierre-Yves Lautrou

Editor, Tip & Shaft

A former journalist for L’Express, Pierre-Yves Lautrou, 47, has been reporting politics and economics, mainly in French regions, for more than 15 years. During his career in Paris, he sailed many races such as Mini-Transat, Fastnet, Sidney-Hobart, Québec-Saint-Malo, Route du Rhum… racing on various boats such as Mini 6.50, Class40, Multi 50 and Imoca. After…

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JB Braun

Director of Design and Engineering at North Sails

Before taking on his current role, JB was part of the design team for Oracle Team USA, helping to create the revolutionary foiling cats that defended the 2013 America’s Cup. JB was also instrumental in teams adopting 3Di during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. “My job now is to try to take those skills and…

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Charlie Carter

Spinlock

Growing up in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Charlie Carter decided to combine is Masters degree in Engineering Science with his love for playing around with boats. His career began using his broad engineering knowledge, practical skills and yacht racing experience on high-profile custom racing yacht builds, refits and race campaigns, on the tools…

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Marc Bouët

International Unpire and Rules adviser

Marc Bouët is one of France’s most prominent sailors from the past decades. He has been an international umpire for the past twenty years, and also works as Rules advisor, regularly involved in top end sailing projects. Marc Bouët has won a world champion title in the Flying Dutchman class (1979) and was Soling World…

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Matthew Sheahan

Head of Performance Sailing, Sunset+Vine

Matthew Sheahan is Head of Performance Sailing for Sunset+Vine and the producer of the World Sailing Show. A keen racing sailor since childhood, he qualified as a yacht designer at Southampton Solent University before starting his career in the marine industry as a designer and then sales manager for spar makers, Proctor Masts where he…

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Tim Mourniac

Young and talented racer from Morbihan, World Champion in Nacra 15 of the Youth Sailing World Championship in 2016

At only 20 years old, Tim does not have to blush on his record! This young man from Morbihan has whom to hold. Coming from a family of sailors, the sea is regularly at the heart of discussions around the table. It is at school that Tim takes his first steps by boat. A passion…

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Carole Bourlon

Eurolarge Innovation manager at Bretagne Développement Innovation

With 28 years of experience as head of marketing, communication and business development in start-ups and SMEs in the nautical industry, Carole Bourlon is manager of Eurolarge Innovation a program supported by the Britanny region, dedicated to the competitive sailing sector.  In her current role, she contributes to the development of economic players of the…

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Lucy Hunt

Sustainability Education manager of the Volvo Ocean Race

Lucy is the Sustainability Education manager of the Volvo Ocean Race and has created and facilitated the ocean education programme which is available in 7 different languages and is being used in 40 countries by over 100,000 people, creating real positive change for the ocean. Lucy is from Waterville, Co. Kerry, SW Ireland. She is…

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Alain Gautier

Pro Sailor

Alain Gautier is a sailing champion, winner of the Vendée Globe 1992-93 and currently sailing teams & project manager.  His list of achievements is impressive: 17 participations in the Solitaire du Figaro, including numerous stage victories, three solo round the world races including one victory in the second Vendée Globe, 15 transatlantic races, half of…

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Michel Niklaus

Founder, Star Sailors League Read More

Jonathan Levy

Director of Sponsorship, Clipper Ventures

Nationality: UK Biography: Jonathan Levy has been involved with the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race for twelve years and has worked extensively in its promotion, growth and international relations with government and business partners. He is an experienced communicator and marketer with a long and distinguished career in the media and commercial sectors. This…

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Julien Pilate

North Sails

Julien has a degree in Engineering and in 2008 joined North Sails New Zealand. His academic research at the Yacht Research Unit of the University of Auckland focused on a novel “inverse pressure” approach to sail plan design and was widely published. Recognition for the quality of Julien’s work lead to his award of the…

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Mateusz Kusznierewicz

Founder, Eventory

Mateusz Kusznierewicz – professional sailor. Olympic Champion, World Champion. ISAF Rolex World Sailor of The Year. Finn, Star and Dragon sailor. 5 times Olympian. Vice President Polish Sailing Association. Entrepreneur. Experienced trainer, public speaker and mentor. Sport Director of Star Sailors League Gold Cup 2021.

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