Discover some of our speakers (tbc for 2022: work in progress)

James Toller

Director of brand partnerships and sponsorships consultancy, Mallory Group

Jimmy is a Director of brand partnerships and sponsorships consultancy, Mallory Group.

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Knut Frostad

President & CEO, Navico

A passionate, enthusiastic leader whose links with the Volvo Ocean Race date back to the 1993-94 when he was helmsman on Intrum Justitia. He led Innovation Kvaerner in 1997-98 and Djuice Dragons in 2001-02.

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David Graham

CEO, World Sailing

David Graham is World Sailing’s new Chief Executive Officer, starting 13 July 2020. A 20-year veteran in the sailing industry, his extensive and impressive career includes functions in sales, events, coaching and sponsorship, including CEO and…

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Ian Walker

Director of Racing of the British Sailing Team

Ian Walker is the Director of Racing of the British Sailing Team, on behalf of the Royal Yachting Association. Aged 50 and a father of two, he is one of Britains most accomplished sailors, having competed in two Olympic Games… 

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Shirley Robertson

Yacht Racing Forum Chair

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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Richard Moore

CEO - Alter Agency

Richard has been involved in the sport and entertainment marketing industry since 1992, when he started his career managing Carlsberg-Tetley’s sponsorship of the England Cricket Team. Since then he has developed and implemented strategic campaigns for a wide number of award…

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Riley Dawn

CEO, Oakcliff Sailing

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. The first one in 1989-90 she sailed as Watch Captain, Diver and Engineer.

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Victoria Low

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

With three decades of experience in the yachting industry, and privileged to have worked with some of the leading names and sponsors in the sport, Victoria recently authored the World Sailing Trust’s Strategic Review of Women in Sailing and now works with the Trust’s board…

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Conrad Humphreys

Managing Director Sport Environment

Conrad Humphreys is a triple round the world yachtsman having competed in the Volvo Ocean Race, BT Global Challenge and Vendee Globe. In 2007 he founded Sport Environment, a sports marketing…

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Don McIntyre

Founder and Race Chairman of the 2022 Golden Globe Race, 2023 Ocean Globe Race and the 2024 Mini Globe Race

Don McIntyre (65) is the founder and Race Chairman of the 2022 Golden Globe Race, 2023 Ocean Globe Race and the 2024 Mini Globe Race. All three round the world races are unique in the sailing industry, focusing on human values and real challenges to create inspiring stories.

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Luca Rizzotti

Founder and president, Foiling Week

Luca is a foiling ambassador. Founder and president of the Foiling Week, a unique community event with wide ranging programs in research and education.

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James Ward

Managing Director, Marine Resources

James Ward is the Founder and Managing Director of Marine Resources Recruitment. A leading recruitment firm that specialises across the International Marine Industry including the Yacht Racing Market.

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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

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Sarah Allan

Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper

Sarah Allan is a partner at Penningtons Manches Cooper specialising in maritime law with a substantial yacht practice both dealing with serious incidents for insurers or owners…

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Emmanuel Bachellerie

CEO, Classe 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

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Ian Williams

Pro sailor

Ian is best known for his success in match racing. He is the only skipper to have won 6 World Championships and also has 6 National Championships and 3 Youth National Championships in the discipline. He was the first Briton to win the match racing World Championships and as of the end of the 2017…

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Merrick Haydon

Managing Director, rEvolution

rEvolution’s lead in the London office, Merrick has more than 20 years’ experience within sports marketing, sponsorship, PR and event management working with clients such as BMW, Jumeriah, Land Rover USA, MasterCard, Mizuno, Rolex, SAS, UBS and Volkswagen. Merrick has worked with major international sponsors, athletes, federations, and rights holders to maximize activation of sponsorship…

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Bruno Dubois

Team Manager, France sailGP Team Read More

Eddie Warden Owen

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Antoine Robin

Consultant, Vendée Globe Read More

Keith Lovett

Managing Director and Senior Underwriter, Stoneways Marine

Long standing YRF participant, Managing Director and Senior Underwriter at Stoneways Marine. Specialist marine trade and yacht Underwriters working with some of the world’s leading race teams, event organisers and class associations. With 35 years experience in the sector a regular commentator on race yacht and event risk transfer. British Marine council member, YJA member…

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Melana Kali

CEO, Mk Expertise & Conseil Read More

Chris Museler

Journalist, New York Times

Chris Museler has been a journalist for 25 years covering issues ranging from climate change to politics for a wide range of specialty and general interest publications and media outlets including Outside Magazine, The New York Times and PBS. Specializing in sailing, he has followed the trends in journalism producing mini-documentaries, Vlogs, Blogs and live…

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Roger Brydges

Head of Administration, Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Roger has sailed all his life and has worked for the UK Government’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch for the past 25 years. He has been an integral part of most of the MAIB’s investigations involving racing yachts during that time including the keel failures on the Max Fun 35 Hooligan V and the Beneteau First…

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Leslie Ryan

Director of Sailing Projects, Origin Sports Group Read More

Andrew Preece

Sunset & Vine

Andrew Preece is Executive Director of global production company and content agency Sunset+Vine. As well as being responsible for the company’s sailing coverage that includes the America’s Cup for BT Sport and the BBC, Olympics for the BBC and World Sailing’s Olympic Classes World Championships, his wider sporting portfolio includes the INEOS 1.59 Eliud Kipchoge…

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