Discover some of our speakers (work in progress)

Damian Foxall

Sustainability Program Manager, 11th Hour Racing Team

Damian Foxall is a record-breaking former professional sailor who has raced around the world seven times

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Mike Sanderson

CEO, Doyle Sails International

Mike is a two time Ocean Race winner, veteran of three America’s Cup campaigns and was ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2006.

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Cyril Abiteboul

Former managing director of Renault F1, now managing director of CDK Technologies

Cyril joined the Renault group in 2001 and became managing director of Renault F1. He is now managing director of CDK Technologies.

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Jonquil Hackenberg

Chair of The Magenta Project

Jonquil is consulting partner and Global Head of Sustainability & Climate Response at PA Consulting. She is Chair of The Magenta Project, a charity committed to diversity (…)

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Gary Owen

CEO Lineat Composites Ltd

Gary Owen manages the Carbon Fibre Circularity Alliance Project lead by the World Sailing Trust.

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Clare G. Harrington

Rear Commodore, The New York Yacht Club

Photo © Dan Nerney  

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Gianguido Girotti

Deputy CEO in charge of brand & product strategy, Bénéteau

In 2015, when he was barely in his forties, the Italian-born Gianguido Girotti, who qualified from the School of Naval Architecture in Southampton,

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David Graham

Chief Executive Officer, World Sailing

David Graham has served as Chief Executive Officer of World Sailing, the global governing body for the sport, since July 2020.

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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. She has advised on matters relating to events, incidents and related contracts.

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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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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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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 partnership with the England Cricket Team. 

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Nic Douglass

Nic Douglass, also known as ‘Sailor Girl’, is an Australian commentator, presenter, public relations professional, multi-platform journalist and audio-visual all-rounder.

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Hugues De Turckheim

Engineer, ACCWing

Hugues De Turckheim, Arts et Métiers engineer is passionate about fluid mechanics and innovation. 

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Philippe Marcovich


Philippe Marcovich is the owner of Sicomin, french manufacturer of Epoxy Systems and supplier of composite materials.

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Alexandra Rickham

Head of Sustainability, World Sailing

Alexandra Rickham is Head of Sustainability at World Sailing, a position she has held since March 2022.

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Nico Voorzee

Marine Sector Lead

Nico Voorzee, STRUCTeam’s Marine Sector Lead, has over 10 years of industry experience designing, manufacturing and delivering composite marine applications for the superyacht industry.

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Marco Nannini

Organiser of the Global Solo Challenge

Marco Nannini is the organiser of the Global Solo Challenge. After a career in banking in the City of London he decided 

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Scott Dougal

Director of Communications and Digital, World Sailing

Scott Dougal is the Director of Communications and Digital at World Sailing, a position he has held since March 2022.

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Paul Miller

Director of Underwriting at Millstream Underwriting Limited Ltd

Currently Director of Underwriting at Millstream Underwriting Limited Ltd one of the largest Yacht and Marine Leisure Underwriting Agencies in the London & European Markets

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Samia Bagdady

CEO, Saudi Sailing Federation

Samia is Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Sailing Federation under the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sport in the Kingdom.

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Ken Read

President, North Sails

Ken Read is one of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated sailors. He has twice been at the helm of Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup programs and

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Adrian Peet

Operations Director, Sela

Adrian is Director of Operations at Sela (a leading events management company based in Saudi Arabia) and oversees the development of the Jeddah Yacht Club & Marina. 

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Ian Wooden

General Partner, Canada SailGP Team

Ian is a GP of Canada SailGP Limited Partnership, an investment fund created for the purposes of establishing ownership for accredited investors and institutional clients in Canada SailGP Team.

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Charlotte Kirk Elkjær

Chief Advisor at the City of Aarhus, Denmark

Charlotte Kirk Elkjær is a Chief Advisor at the City of Aarhus, Denmark where she works with attracting,

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Jean-Sébastien Chénier Proteau

CEO, Canada SailGP Team

Jean-Sébastien Chénier Proteau, CEO of Canada SailGP hails from Montreal and has been leading global sailing projects for more than a decade. 

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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.

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James Pleasance

Executive Director, World Match Racing Tour

James Pleasance is Executive Director for the World Match Racing Tour, the longest running global professional sailing series established in 2000 and one of seven events awarded Special Event status by World Sailing. 

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Victoria Low

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

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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.

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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)

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Dee Caffari

Pro Sailor

Dee Caffari MBE is the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world a total of three times.  

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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. He now manages Gunboat.

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Richard Brisius

Chairman, The Ocean Race

Richard Brisius brings extensive experience in leading international complex teams, projects and events.

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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 Sodebo Ultim 3.

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Keith Lovett

Managing Director and Senior Underwriter, Stoneways Marine

Long standing YRF participant, Managing Director and Senior Underwriter at Stoneways Marine.

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Nathalie Quéré

Founder, W-Consulting

Educated in brand, communication and sport marketing, Nathalie Quéré has extensive experience in global brand and communication strategy (…)

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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.

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Mateusz Kusznierewicz

Director, SSL Gold Cup

Mateusz Kusznierewicz – professional sailor. Olympic Champion, World Champion. ISAF Rolex World Sailor of The Year.

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Matthew Sheahan

Producer & founder PlanetSail. Chairman, Design & technology Symposium

Matthew Sheahan is the producer & founder of PlanetSail, a media dedicated to yacht racing. He will be the chairman of the Design & Technology Symposium.

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Alastair Fox

Chief of Events, World Sailing

Alastair Fox is the Director of Events at World Sailing, having developed within the organisation over the course of 15 years.

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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.

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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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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.

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