Discover the speakers involved in the Yacht Racing Forum 2019

Stan Honey

Pro Navigator, businessman and technology developer

Stan Honey is a multitalented American professional sailor as well as a businessman and technology developer. His track record as a navigator includes a victory in the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race onboard ABN Amro I, navigator onboard Comanche and Rambler88, several participations in the America’s Cup, eleven wins in Transpac races and much more. He has held…

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Dee Caffari

Pro Sailor

Dee Caffari MBE (born 23 January 1973) is a British sailor. In 2006, she became the first woman to sail single-handedly and non-stop around the world “the wrong way”; westward against the prevailing winds and currents. In February 2009, Caffari completed the Vendée Globe race and set a new record to become the first woman…

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Ken Read

President, North Sails

Ken Read, President, North Sails / North Technology Group Executive Vice President (Newport, USA) Ken Read is one of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated sailors. American Read has twice been at the helm of Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup programs and he was named ‘United States Rolex Yachtsman of the Year’ on two occasions. He…

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Johan Salén

Managing Director, The Ocean Race

Johan Salén is the Managing Director and a co-owner of The Ocean Race, an event he has been involved with for 30 years as a sailor, team project manager and leader of the event organising body. A world championship windsurfer, Salén first competed in what was then known as the Whitbread Round the World Race…

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Bruno Dubois

China SailGP Team Principal

Bruno Dubois serves as the principal for the China SailGP Team, with responsibilities spanning the recruitment and management of the team, in addition to supporting the effort to grow the sport in the country. Prior to joining SailGP, Dubois managed the Dongfeng Race Team to a Volvo Ocean Race victory in 2018, following time spent…

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Victoria Low

Project Lead, World Sailing Trust's Women in Sailing Review

With over 25 years experience of working on global marketing and communication strategies in the marine industry Victoria has been working with the World Sailing Trust to deliver this strategic review as part of their wider Access to Sailing programme.

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Giorgia Speciale

Youth Olympic Champion

Giorgia Speciale, born on February 2, 2000, is a windsurfer licensed at the Sef Stamura Club in Ancona, where she started sailing at the age of 9. She is also a member of the Italian team. She is a gold medalist at the Youth Olympic Games in bic 293 techno plus in Buenos Aires 2018….

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Shirley Robertson

Pro sailor and Sailing commentator

Shirley Robertson OBE made history by becoming the first British woman to win Olympic Gold Medals at two consecutive Olympic Games. She’s in Scotland’s prestigious Sports Hall of Fame, holds a role as Deputy Lieutenant for the Isle of Wight and is one of the most recognisable faces from the sport of sailing. Born in…

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William Jelbert

Chief Operating Officer, Gunboat

William Jelbert has worked as Technical and Project Manager for racing and cruising boats in South Africa, China and France. With his current mission as Gunboat’s COO, he is in charge of defining what goes into these exciting high performance catamarans. The Gunboat team are not only creating long-life products in an efficient manner, but…

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Gianguido Girotti

Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Product Strategy and Brands, Groupe BENETEAU

In 2015, when he was barely in his forties, the Italian-born Gianguido Girotti, who qualified from the School of Naval Architecture in Southampton, joined the Beneteau brand as Sailing Yacht Product Marketing Manager. In 2017, he went on to become the Marketing Manager for the Sailing Yacht and Motorboat division. With a faultless career managing…

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Stewart Hosford

ORIGIN Sports Group, Group CEO

In 2016, Stewart founded ORIGIN Sports Group with Sir Keith Mills as a sports management and investment business. ORIGIN Sports Group looks to partner with entrepreneurs, commercial rights holders and sports federations to create new or develop existing sports properties. Combining commercial expertise and operational event management capability, ORIGIN Sports Group hopes to establish a…

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Stephanie Nadin

Marketing Expert, Valkyria PR

Sports event professional with more than 15 years of experience in project management, event creation and hospitality, including 10 years abroad, Stephanie Nadin’s expertise lies in understanding the marketing, communication and business challenges of brands that invest in prestigious events or sponsorship, in order to support them in the most effective way possible in the…

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David Williams

CEO, Portsmouth City Council

David Williams has been Portsmouth City Council’s Chief Executive since January 2007. He came to Portsmouth from Guildford Borough Council where he was appointed Chief Executive in 2002.   On 1 October 2016 David also became the Chief Executive of Gosport Borough Council, under a shared senior management agreement between Portsmouth City Council and Gosport…

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Jeremy Pochman

Co-Founder & CEO, 11th Hour Racing

Jeremy Pochman is Co-Founder & CEO of 11th Hour Racing, a Program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, and Director of Yacht Operations for Hyperion Maritime Holdings, LLC. Water defines our lives on personal, individual, societal and global levels – the health of our oceans dictating the strength of our communities, environment and economies. Jeremy Pochman…

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Luca Rizzotti

Founder, The Foiling Week

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 Week, an…

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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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Philippe Joubin

Head of the editorial events department, Groupe Ouest-France

Long time journalist specialized in sailing for Voiles et Voiliers and the daily sport newspaper L’Equipe, Philippe Joubin is now head of the editorial events department of the Groupe Ouest-France. In this context, since the end of 2018 he has also been appointed head of Spi Ouest-France. Most important competition for sailboats in France, 440…

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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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Süleyman Uysal

President, The Bodrum Cup

Süleyman Uysal studied at the American College Institute in Izmir and graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University in the Faculty of Communication.  During his career he worked for advertising companies including Saatchi & Saatchi and McCann Erickson where he received numerous awards for his achievements. In 2014, Uysal became the President of The Bodrum Cup and…

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Riley Dawn

Executive Director, Oakcliff Sailing Centre

As CEO and captain of America True, Riley was the first woman to manage an America’s Cup sailing team. She raced on four America’s Cup and two Whitbread (now The Ocean Race) teams. She is a former president of the Woman’s Sports Foundation, served on the board of US Sailing, and is an adviser to…

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Don McIntyre

Founder and Race Chairman, 2018 Golden Globe Race

Don McIntyre (64) is the Founder and Race Chairman of the 2023 Ocean Globe Race and 2018 Golden Globe Race.. He has been organising sailing events and Ocean Adventures since 1984. Don is an experienced circumnavigator and recognised as one of Australia’s great explorers. In 2012 the Australian Geographic Society, recognising his many diverse expeditions…

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Jordi Arbusà

Co-Founder and CTO, Sailing Technologies

Jordi Arbusa has mixed his passion with his professional career since he started the development in 2010 of DrSails. DrSails is the latest adhesive technology that has helped most of the offshore racing teams reach their objectives. Former chemical engineer, focused on composite materials, Jordi first worked in Advanced Materials Laboratory, in the prestigious Chemical Institute…

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Scott Over

Commercial Director, World Sailing

Scott Over took up his position as Commercial Director of World Sailing on 4 March 2019. Scott is responsible for further growing and developing the world governing body’s commercial partnership programmes and supporting stakeholders with knowledge and expertise across the sport. He has a strong track record as a Commercial and Sponsorship Director and previously…

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Marc Van Peteghem

Naval architect, Oceanwings project

Born in January 9, 1957 in Paris, Marc Van Peteghem studied at Southampton Solent University from 1977 to 1979 where he became a naval architect. There he met Vincent Lauriot-Prévost with whom he became friend and together found VPLP design in 1983. VPLP became famous first in multihull design their boats won many races and…

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Dr Edit Olasz Harken

Founder, Harken Derm

Dr Edit Olasz Harken MD PhD is a high-risk skin cancer expert and dermatologist, and founder of Harken Derm, high performance skincare line for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Alastair Fox

Chief of Events, World Sailing

Alastair is the Director of Events at World Sailing. Alastair was the Technical Delegate for the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competitions as well as at the Perth 2011 and Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Alastair oversees a wide range of World Sailing activities and works closely with a wide range of…

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Carole Bourlon

Eurolarge Innovation Manager, Bretagne Développement Innovation

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

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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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Luka Rodion

CEO, L30 One Design LLC

49er Olympic medalist 2004 49er World Champion 2005 VOR 2008-2009 Commodore Kiev Racing Yacht Club CEO L30 One Design OU

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Denis Glehen

CEO, GSea Design

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 team, he…

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Gordon Ritchie

Manager Director, GR Marketing

Gordon’s recent projects include driving the success of International sailing teams, putting young Scottish athletes into the ISF Winter Games and facilitating Conrad Colman’s solo sail around the world with a zero-carbon footprint. He was a board director of Snowsport Scotland for 5 years and has also dealt with high profile projects such as the…

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Mike Golding

Pro sailor

Mike Golding OBE is one of the world’s most accomplished and successful offshore sailors. An IMOCA and FICO world champion, Mike has consistently achieved race winning performances in many of the most prestigious round the world and transoceanic races.  In 1994 Mike sailed the 67ft yacht Group 4 solo around the world – establishing a…

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Cliff Webb

CEO, 1080 Media TV

Cliff Webb is an award winning Executive TV producer, live director, and consultant for international sports productions. With thirty years’ experience of broadcast operations across traditional TV networks and online platforms, he has been involved with all aspects of event sponsorship, marketing, press and media operations. A former sports journalist, photographer and media director, and…

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Dimitri Nicolopoulos


Dimitri is currently involved in the development of the Wally Cento #4 as well as data analysis for teams including Comanche, WildOats XI, Momo, Caol Ila, Alegre & SaintMichel-Virbac. Prior to KND-SailingPerformance Dimitri participated in 2 Americas Cup cycles as design coordinator ( Areva Challenge and Deutsche Challenge), 2 Audi Med Cups as performance analyst,…

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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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Manolo Ruiz de Elvira

Engineer and Boat Designer

Manolo (Manuel) Ruiz de Elvira is born in Madrid in 1963. He started working as designer in the America’s Cup for the ’92 edition with the birth of the AC class. After 3 campaign with Spanish challenges moved to Alinghi in 2001 and later to Oracle in 2007 to become part of 4 consecutive winning campaigns…

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Tom Herbert-Evans

SailGP Youth & Community Program Manager

Tom Herbert-Evans serves as the youth and community program manager at SailGP, leading efforts around SailGP Inspire – the organization’s community, education and outreach initiative that uses sailing as a mechanism for positive, sustainable impact. Before joining SailGP in February 2019, Herbert-Evans was tasked with organizing and launching the community sailing program during the 35th…

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Kim Andersen

President, World Sailing

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 Director of a…

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Rolf Beisswanger

Chief Commercial Officer, SailGP

Rolf Beisswanger serves as the chief commercial officer of SailGP and is a founding employee of the organization. In his role, Beisswanger is responsible for global revenue generation, including licensing and partnerships, as well as commercial operations. Previously, he was business development director for both Oracle Team USA and the America’s Cup Event Authority, playing…

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Andy Thompson

Chief Financial & Business Officer, SailGP

One of the organization’s founding employees, Andy Thompson is the chief financial & business officer for SailGP responsible for the overall business strategy and financial planning across the league and its six international teams, as well as the engineering facilities wholly owned by SailGP. Thompson joined SailGP following a successful tenure as CFO for the…

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Hervé Piveteau

Head of naval architecture for sailing yachts, Bénéteau group

Head of naval architecture for sailing yachts at Groupe Beneteau since 2017, Hervé Piveteau was previously an architect / designer at Victory Design in Rome, Alliaura Marine in Les Sables d’Olonne and Jeanneau in Les Herbiers. He then became head of sailboat development at Jeanneau, between 2010 to 2017. As a professional sailor, Hervé Piveteau…

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Finn Lyck

Eventmanager, Aarhus Events

Born in 1954 in Denmark. After a long career in the Danish trade union movement, he moved to the sport events business in 2000. As head of the Sport Aarhus Events and later as event manager in Aarhus Events (2 departments in the Municipality of Aarhus,) Finn Lyck, has worked with bidding for and staging…

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Meg Reilly

Media Consultant-Founder & Co-Skipper, Ocean Racers

Meg Reilly is a circumnavigator, published writer, media consultant and entrepreneur. Born 1989 in the NJ suburbs of NYC, Meg pursued a career in media and marketing within Y&R Global, one of the world’s leading advertising networks. Until one day, she quit her coveted job to race around the world. In 2013/14 Meg circumnavigated on…

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JB Braun

Director of Design and Engineering, 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. JB’s on-the-water sailing career includes a cabinet full of youth trophies,…

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Francis Hueber

Founder of Caponnetto Hueber, Naval Architect, Fluid Dynamics Expert

Born in 1979 in Paris, France, Francis is a Naval Architect, graduated from ENSTA- Bretagne, specialized in Fluid Dynamics and Efficient Design. Francis who has participated in 5 America’s Cup campaigns as CFD expert, has won the 33rd (hulls and appendages development as well as wing aerodynamics) and the 34th (aerodynamics development and analysis) with…

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Thomas Normand

Director General, MerConcept

In 2010, Thomas Normand launched and managed his own Mini 6.5 project and came 2nd overall in the 2011 Mini-transat. This was followed by a successful season in 2012 competing in the Solitaire du Figaro and winning the 1st Rookie title. Thomas’ strong sailing background, combined with 5 years of Business Development at the engineering…

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Jonno Turner

Head of Digital Content, The Ocean Race

Jonno Turner leads digital and creative for The Ocean Race – finding new, engaging ways to tell the story of sport’s toughest test of a team. In 2017-18, The Ocean Race delivered an award-winning and record-breaking edition, engaging more fans globally than ever before and producing a connected experience with over 200 million social video…

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Philippe Guigné

Founder, Virtual Regatta

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 games”. With over…

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Christian Scherrer

Manager, GC32 Class

Christian Scherrer is one of Switzerland’s best-known sailors. He’s professional 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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Will Carson

Racing Communications Manager, Royal Yachting Association

“I cut my teeth on regional newspapers and since then I’ve worked for every national newspaper in Britain, been the chief reporter at one of the country’s top press agencies, covered the last three Olympic Games as a broadcast reporter and producer, led content teams in numerous high profile sports events and headed up the…

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Pietro Parmeggiani

Managing Director, PROtect Tapes

Pietro Parmeggiani is the Managing Director and owner of PROtect tapes, a young and tiny Italian company based in Rimini (Italy) on the Adriatic coast and a subsidiary in USA with customer all over the world.The critical factors of his success are the combination of his business (he is CEO of multinational company as well)…

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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.

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Loïck Peyron

Pro sailor

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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Vincent Lauriot-Prévost

Founder, VPLP

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: record setting trimarans…

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Luc Talbourdet

President, AVEL robotics

After 20 years of experience as a director of an offshore racing team or as President of IMOCA, Luc Talbourdet created AVEL robotics, a foil manufacturing company. His idea is to use an AFP (Automated Fiber Placement machine), a technique from the world of aeronautics – aircraft wings -, to manufacture the foils of IMOCA…

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Peter Harken

Chairman, Harken Inc.

For the past 53 years, Peter, his brother Olaf and their team have turned a small boat-building and block business into the world’s leading supplier of winches, hydraulics and marine hardware. Harken products are found At The Front of sailing in all its forms. It is standard equipment on sailboats from 8’ prams to Olympic…

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Stéphanie Betz

Manager, Archipelagoes

Stéphanie Betz is the manager of Archipelagoes, a company based in Tahiti that specializes in the structured development of nautical tourism and maritime economy in the South Pacific Islands. Archipelagoes launched and has managed the successful Tahiti Pearl Regatta for the past 16 years, organized a Polynesian nautical parade and coordinated the welcome festivities of several…

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Rufino Selva Guerrero

Deputy General Manager in Sociedad Proyectos Temáticos de la Comunidad Valenciana, in charge of The Ocean Race

Rufino Selva Guerrero, is an economist, Master in Auditing and Business Management and currently Deputy General Manager in Sociedad Proyectos Temáticos de la Comunidad Valenciana SAU.  An active sailor in several teams, among them of Tanit IV – current world champion Corinthians and autonomous Comunitat Valenciana in ORC3, among other multiple championships.  The Sociedad Proyectos…

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Adam Persson

PhD student, SSPA and Chalmers University

Adam Persson is a PhD student at SSPA Sweden AB/Chalmers University of Technology. His research aims to develop methods for predicting the performance and behaviour of sailing vessels in dynamic conditions, using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) as well as experimental methods. Adam has a strong passion for practical design and development projects, where the results…

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Ignazio Maria Viola

Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Ignazio Maria Viola is one of the world-leading academic researchers on the fluid mechanics of sailing yachts. He has published more than 150 articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings, for which he was awarded two Medals of Distinction and a Medal of Exceptional Merit by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He gave more…

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Camille Komorn

MSc student, Ecole Navale

Since his childhood in Guadeloupe (FWI) where he sailed on traditional dinguy boat of Guadeloupe and where he attended to the arrivals of the Route du Rhum, he has a strong desire to work in naval conception. The 34th edition of the America’s Cup marked the beginning of his interest on hydrofoil. To understand how…

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Menelaos Xanthis

MSc student, University of Southampton

Menelaos Xanthis has studied Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Patras, Greece. After a career in shipping, he decided to pursue his passion of Yacht Design and Naval Architecture. He has completed the MSc Maritime Engineering Science / Yacht and Small Craft Design module, having focused on composite marine structures, FEA and structural…

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Jean-Baptiste Souppez

PhD student, University of Edinburgh

Jean-Baptiste R. G. Souppez is the Senior Lecturer in Yacht Design and Composite Engineering at Solent University, teaching on the prestigious BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design, BEng (Hons) Yacht Design and Production and MSc Superyacht Design. He is also the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the SNAME Journal of Sailing Technology, the world’s leading peer-reviewed journal…

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Margot Cocard

PhD student, University of Strathclyde

Having a passion for sailing since her childhood, Margot Cocard completed a BEng in Naval Architecture with High Performance Marine Vehicles at the University of Strathclyde and a MSc in Maritime Engineering Science with Yacht and Small Craft at the University of Southampton. During her studies, she developed a particular interest in fluids and channelled…

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Benoit Gaudiot

Co-founder, SP80 project

Former member of the French kitesurfing team, Benoit is used to high speed sailing with a personal record speed of 51 knots and a victory during the Weymouth Speed Week 2014. He is now completing a BSc degree in mechanical engineering at EPFL. In addition, to link both, his engineering and kitesurfing skills, he co-founded…

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Christian Dumard

Sailor and router

Christian Dumard has been professional navigator during the 80s and the 90s (Corum Sailing Team, French America’s Cup Team). Christian has being doing weather routing and pre race weather analysis for the racing boats for the past 20 years (Trophée Jules Verne, Volvo Ocean Race, Figaro sailors, Route du Rhum, …). Great Circle was founded…

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Jason Carrington

Founder, Carrington Boats Ltd

Jason carrington is world-renowned both as a professional yachtsman and as a race yacht builder. Over the years he has become almost legendary for his painstaking attention to detail and his relentless ambition to build the lightest yet most reliable yachts for the most challenging races in the world. Married and a father of two boys,…

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Nathalie Quéré

Founder, W-Consulting

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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James Pleasance 

Executive Director, World Match Racing Tour

James Pleasance is Executive Director for the World Match Racing Tour, the global professional sailing series established on 2000 and one of six events awarded Special Event status by World Sailing. A keen sailor, James has been involved in the marine and yachting industry for over 20 years including roles with Oyster Marine and Boat…

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Juan Kouyoumdjian

Founder, Juan Yacht Design

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in July 1971 the Franco- Argentine’s passion for sailing inspired him to study naval architecture. At the age of 22 he graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Yacht and Small Craft Design. His professional career starts immediately after leaving university in 1993, year in which he receives an…

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Christian Kargl

Start into racing with Laser and 49er Mini Transat 2005 (France to Brasil with Man-over-Bord situation 60nm off the coast) Part of Shore Crew and skipper of training boat of Team Russia in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 World Sailing approved Trainer for Sea Survival courses (more than 155 courses until today) in Austria, Switzerland,…

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Thomas Gaveriaux

Operations Director, Persico Marine

With a strong background in competitive sailing, Thomas has a strong appetence for leading and managing high added value ventures, and is sought after to structure and develop industrial activities. Over the past 15 years, Thomas has held senior and executive positions in industrial companies and in America’s Cup teams, winning the 33rd edition in…

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Richard Mason

Director, The Ocean Race

Richard has been an active Director of the Ocean Race formerly the Volvo Ocean Race since 2015. Prior to that Richard has sailed professionally since 1997, during which time he has campaigned 4 Volvo Ocean Races, The Americas Cup and just about every major sailing event. The role as shore Manager for the SCA all…

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Quentin Lucet

Naval Architect, VPLPdesign

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, MOD…

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Seth Cooley

Project Engineer, Future Fibres

Based in Newport, Rhode Island, Seth has an undergraduate degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute and a master’s degree in Yacht Design from the University of Southampton.  He joined Future Fibres in 2012 as a Research and Development Engineer before transitioning to Project Engineering and Management in 2016.   In addition…

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Jonathan Duval

R&D Manager, Future Fibres

Working at Future Fibres for almost 10 years, Jonathan has been running the R&D Department since 2016. Joining his two passions of sailing and engineering, he is in charge of new composite rigging developments for the racing, cruising and superyacht sectors. Jonathan has been part of rigging projects for the Volvo Ocean Race, the TP52 fleet and…

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Eric Monnin

Leader of the Match Race World Ranking

While he may not be a full time professional sailor, Eric Monnin is nonetheless one of Switzerland’s most successful match racers. Eric comes from a strong sailing family, competing from an early age alongside his two brothers on the popular Surprise one design. His competitive sailing received a major boost in the early 2000s when…

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Dobbs Davis

Professional sailor, journalist, instructor and project manager

Based in Annapolis, USA, Dobbs has touched on nearly every aspect of yacht racing over the past 25 years of his involvement in the game. This diverse background and a close proximity to the Grand Prix-levels of the sport gives him unique insight on the role of technological innovation and design in improving the speed, stability,…

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Shannon Falcone

Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team

Born in England in 1981, Shannon moved to Antigua with his family at the age of 3. When he turned 19 he took to the sea with six oceanic deliveries and one circumnavigation of the world. He then started racing and finished second in the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race with PUMA. His America’s Cup experience…

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Martin Fischer

Co-Design Coordinator, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team

Born in Celle (Germany) in 1962, Martin studied physics and holds a PhD in geophysics. For 14 years he has been working on the design of hulls and appendages for numerous projects, including beach catamarans (F18, A-Cat, C-Cat), ocean racing multihulls (Groupama-2/3, Sodebo, Banque Populaire) and was also involved in a Volvo Ocean Race campaign…

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Maitane Leizaola Zulueta

General Director of Cabinet Coordination, Bilbao Bizkaia

Maitane Leizaola Zulueta  was born in Bilbao on October 15, 1976.  She is graduate in Economic Legal Law from the University of Deusto.  She began her professional career in the field of law practice.  After four years of exercise as a lawyer specializing in civil and contractual law, she goes to work in the banking…

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Xabier Fernandez


 Xabi began sailing at the age of seven, inspired by his parents. His first boat was an Optimist and he moved into the Vaurien double-handed junior dinghy with his brother until he was 17. He went on to sail the double handed Olympic 470 class before joining Iker Martinez in the Olympic 49er in 1998….

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