Systems Simulation EngineerGBRWill BakewellSystems Simulation Engineer
Will graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is responsible for simulation, analysis and development of the boat's control systems. He kitesurfs, plays rugby and enjoys all sports.
Design TeamITAGiovanni BelgranoDesign Team
Origianlly from Ancona, Italy, Giovanni now resides on the Isle of Wight. Having graduated Southampton and Cranfield Universities Giovanni sailed the 420 and 470 and more recently sails Etchells and IRC yachts in the Solent. He has done four previous America's Cup campaigns before joining the team with Il Moro, Prada and Team New Zealand. Giovanni also helped design the Volvo60, Volvo65, Volvo70 and the VS60 development.
Design TeamGBRWill BrooksDesign Team
Born in Plymouth Will has been involved in engineering for racing yachts for twenty five years having graduated Heriot Watt University and Southampton University. Will has a lot of America's Cup experience with the 36th America's Cup being his seventh campaign having previously held a variety of engineering roles working on 30th & 31st America's Cup with Prada America's Cup Challenge, 32nd America's Cup with Mascalzone Latino Challenge, 33rd America's Cup with Alinghi, 34th America's Cup with Luna Rossa Challenge, 35th America's Cup with the team. Will also worked on the Volvo Ocean Race with ABN Amro One and Team Russia.
Away from work Will enjoys sailing his Cornish Shrimper with his wife and two children, walking and running around Dartmoor and wild swimming.
Software EngineerGBRAndy BrysonSoftware Engineer
From the Wirral, Andy graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Computer Science. Andy is part of the Performance Team, his main responsibilities are performance analysis and developing analysis tools that are used by the rest of the Design Team. He has many years of experience as a software engineer in the marine electronics industry. As a member of West Kirby Sailing Club, Andy has done a lot of sailing with a particular focus on Team and Match Racing.
He enjoys cycling, sailing and playing music in his spare time.
Simulation and AnalysisFRADamien CharveriatSimulation and Analysis
Damien has graduated twice, with a Masters in Mathematics from Universite de Montreal in Canada and a Masters in Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique in France. He has spent all his career in Finance working as Portfolio Manager in various hedge funds in London and New York. The 35th America's Cup was Damien’s first Cup campaign, helping the design department to apply machine learning solutions to various design and data problems. In his spare time, Damien enjoys kitesurfing and walking his two dogs.
Design EngineerFRAPhilibert ChenaisDesign Engineer
Philibert is a member of the Design Team specialising in 2D drafting and 3D modelling. Originally from La Rochelle, France, Philibert then moved to Lorient where he worked for VPLP, the famous multihull and superyacht designers. The work included many projects from the America’s Cup Race Management AC72, maxi trimarans Prince de Bretagne and Sodebo, as well as Hydro C-Class catamaran and the 100 foot Comanche. Philibertalso has previous America’s Cup experience as a boat builder for Alinghi’s successful 2007 campaign. Away from sailing Philibert has two children who are twins.
Software DeveloperGBRTom CheneySoftware Developer
Born in Milton Keynes, Tom graduated from the University of Portsmouth with degrees in Computer Engineering and Electronic Engineering. Tomhas experience in developing marine electronics and wearables from his work at Garmin. He also worked on developing the B&G WTP3/H5000 electronics and navigation software used in the 2015/16 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.
He enjoys climbing, cycling, sailing and skiing in his spare time.
Design CoordinatorGBRMark ChisnellDesign Coordinator
Mark's first America's Cup was with the British team in Perth in 1987, where he was a navigator. He subsequently sailed with and worked for the Nippon Challenge, One World Challenge, Luna Rossa and Emirates Team New Zealand. He has also won an Admiral's Cup and two other offshore world championships. He has written four novels and many other technical and non-fiction books and articles, and provided commentary on all the major sailing events including the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendee Globe and the Olympics.
Design TeamZAF/GBRSimon EatwellDesign Team
Simon was born in Cape Town, South Africa where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He has spent the last fifteen years designing rigs for various mast manufacturers around the world, working on projects as small as Mini Transits to 101m freestanding rigs. Simon participated in the 32nd Americas Cup with team Shosholoza running the rig department and last time round, designed our foil cases. When he is not sitting at his desk, he can be found windsurfing, sailing, cycling, snowboarding and occasionally playing golf.
Design TeamFRAAntoine GuillouDesign Team
Antoine graduated from ENSTA Bretagne University in France with a master in Marine Engineering. He then worked in Michel Desjoyeaux’s design office, designing and building prototypic wingsails for C-Class catamarans. In 2013, he joined Benjamin Muyl Design to develop Meta, a boat behavior prediction framework. In addition to this, Antoine has an extensive sailing background, claiming three podium finishes in the National Championships in 420, he was ISAF Youth World Champion in 2005 with the French Team and placed 3rd in the 2012 Tour de France a la Voile. He joined the Performance team in 2016.
Structural Engineering Team LeaderZAFDavid JonsonStructural Engineering Team Leader
Born in Empangeni in South Africa, David is a mechanical engineer specialising in the design and analysis of composite structures. David qualified as a mechanical engineer in 1994, completed a Masters degree in 1997 and a PhD in 2002 at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. David has spent most of his career in the academic sector with a primary focus on research. He has also consulted as a practicing engineer to companies and institutions in the defence and industrial sectors. David was part of the South African Shosholoza design team that campaigned for the 32nd America’s Cup in 2007. He enjoys sailing and mountain biking in his spare time.
Performance EngineerGERJohannes MausolfPerformance Engineer
Born in Hannover in Germany, Johannes switched tracks from a career in Superyacht construction to Naval Architecture and Maritime Technology, in which he graduated with an MEng from the University of Applied Science at Kiel. During his time in Kiel Johannes tested America’s Cup wingsails for the America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) design package for the 34th America's Cup. Johannes joined Ker Design in 2012, initially working on sail-morphing technology for aero simulation, and he has increasingly become involved in advanced Velocity Prediction and dynamic modelling techniques.
For AC35 Johannes was part of the performance prediction team and further developed the static and dynamic modelling tool set.
Design EngineerGBRMark McCaffertyDesign Engineer
Mark was introduced to sailing at the age of four, and has subsequently sailed most types of boat. He studied Ship Science at the University of Southampton, and since then has gained a lot of experience in the marine industry in the design and engineering fields. The 36th America’s Cup with INEOS Team GB is his fourth Cup campaign, the first being with Mascalzone Latino during in the 32nd Cup, and then BMW Oracle Racing in the 33rd America’s Cup and Land Rover BAR in the 35th America's Cup. Mark also has a lot of Volvo Ocean Race experience working with Amer Sports One, Assa Abloy, Ericsson Racing 3 and 4 and as a consultant for Green Marine on the one-design boats being used in the 2014-15 edition of the race. He lives in Lymington with his wife and 2 children, and spends his spare time playing with foiling wind and kite surfers, cycling or running.
Chief EngineerFRABenjamin MuylChief Engineer
Benjamin Muyl began designing right after completing the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers in 1998. He joined the hugely successful VPLP Yacht Design, specialists in offshore racing multihulls, and worked on many of their cutting-edge projects. He moved into the America’s Cup arena in 2005 when he joined the French Areva Challenge, remaining there until he left to start Benjamin Muyl Design (BMD) in August 2007.
Since then, Benjamin has subsequently worked on BMW Oracle Racing’s winning trimaran for the 33rd America’s Cup, and then with the narrowly-defeated Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 in the 34th Cup. He was one of the naval architects for the Groupama International C Class Catamaran team, and remains involved with the Open 60 class of solo long-distance racing boats. In fact, he worked on Macif, winner of the 2012-13 Vendee Globe. He is also an enthusiastic participant in the International C Class Catamaran with his team ‘Challenge France – Flying Frogs’ – and has a sense of humour. For the 35th America's Cup Benjamin was Chief Designer for the team.
Design EngineerGBROllie PendletonDesign Engineer
After college Ollie started working as a marine engineer, prior to studying Yacht and Powercraft design at Southampton Institute. Since leaving university in 2005 he has worked in both yacht design and product design. Ollie joined the team for the last cup - specialising in 3D design and modelling. When he’s not running around after his three children he enjoys faffing around in the gym, cycling, running and swimming.
Performance & Data Analysis Team LeaderGBRJames RochePerformance & Data Analysis Team Leader
James Roche was born in Manitoba, Canada, but started his education at Sevenoaks School, Kent. He went on to obtain a BEng (Ship Science) and EngD (Aerodynamics and Race Simulation) at the University of Southampton. Prior to joining the team he was employed by McLaren Applied Technologies and was a member of Team GB’s support staff for two consecutive Olympic Winter Games, in 2010 and 2014.
He used the skills developed to co-design the Olympic gold medal winning skeleton sled for Amy Williams’ victory in 2010 and then Lizzy Yarnold’s in 2014. The BlackRoc sleds were named by combining his surname with that of his design partner Rachel Blackburn.
James was once also a keen sailor, his achievements range from dinghy sailing & match racing in the British Youth team, to racing yachts in the Commodores’ Cup, Fastnet, and Round Britain and Ireland races. He also has experience sailing foiling boats, having raced in the International Moth. James’ role at INEOS TEAM UK will focus on supporting the development of simulation and data analysis tools.
Analysis and Simulation TeamGBRMax StarrAnalysis and Simulation Team
Max works on simulation methods for fluid analysis - predominantly Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) - within the team. Having originally graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, he followed that up with a CFD specific PhD. Then, while working with a CFD software company, he supported a range of clients in varied industries including Formula 1 and large ship builders. An amateur dinghy sailor himself, he got to combine two of his great interests during the 35th America's Cup.
Jessica grew up sailing dinghies in the strong Fremantle ‘Doctor’ sea breezes in Western Australia. She progressed into offshore yacht racing and through this passion Jess realised the importance of the weather. She studied mathematics and physics at undergraduate level, following this with a Masters in Meteorology at the University of Reading (UK). Jess joined the team in 2015 as meteorologist having worked as the onshore navigation support with CAMPER Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race, and Emirates Team New Zealand in the 34th America’s Cup. In her own racing career as a navigator, Jess has completed 5 Sydney-Hobarts, 3 Newport-Bermudas, achieved a world record for the Round Britain and Ireland Race and won the Pacific Cup.
Design TeamFRABen VernieresDesign Team
Ben Vernieres was born in Vannes, France, and graduated from the Université de Nantes in 2000 in Material Science and Engineering. He came to England soon afterwards, and did a BEng in Yacht and Powercraft Design, followed by an MSc in Ship Science and Computational Fluid Dynamics at Southampton University. He subsequently joined up with British yacht designer, Jason Ker, working in several areas of design on his successful stable of racing boats.
Ben is also a talented small boat sailor in his own right, winning the famous Prince of Wales Cup in the International 14 dinghy class in 2004. He has also placed on or very close to the podium at European and World Championships in the same boat. Ben joined the team for the 35th America's Cup campaign and will continue for the 36th Cup although he will be confined to a computer at INEOS TEAM UK, working on 3D modelling and drafting.
Naval ArchitectGBRAlan BootNaval Architect
Alan studied Marine Technology and Small Craft Technology at the University of Newcastle before completing his Master’s degree in Marine Technology and became a Chartered Naval Architect in 2011.
Alan has been a boat builder with Marten Yachts NZ, worked as a production designer on the Hugo Boss and Artemis Open 60 builds, a design engineer at Green Marine, a naval architect for Farr Yacht Design, and the design and build coordinator for the Bavaria 45 Prototype, before setting up his own design and build consultancy business.
Alan joined the team for the 35th America's Cup and has worked on three Volvo Ocean Race builds, including Ericsson in 2005, Team Russia in 2008 and Telefonica in 2011. These days Alan now cycles most weekends and competes in Triathlons during the summer.
Team Leader Systems EngineeringGBR/NZLAndrew McleanTeam Leader Systems Engineering
New Zealander and British citizen, Andrew ‘Animal’ McLean is an experienced inshore and offshore racer. He has campaigned four times for the America’s Cup, twice for his home country New Zealand, and competed in two editions of the global Volvo Ocean Race (VOR).
Most recently he competed in the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) and the 30th Louis Vuitton Cup with Artemis Racing, on-board as a grinder and part of the performance and instruments shore team.
He also competed in the last edition of the VOR as Pitman/Trimmer on-board Team Camper, enjoying a second place finish, after making his VOR debut in 2008/09 on-board Green Dragon.
A qualified mechanical engineer, Andy was also part of the winning 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup team with fellow New Zealander and teammates, Jono Macbeth and Ben Ainslie. Andy also plays a vital role in INEOS Team GB as Team Leader of Systems Engineering.
- 2017: Louis Vuitton America's Cup Challenger Series Semi Finalist
- 2015/2016: Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Champion
- 2013: 4th – 30th Anniversary of the Louis Vuitton Cup with Artemis Racing, AC72
- 2013: Broke the Round the Island Race multihull record with J.P. Morgan BAR in the AC45
- 2011/ 2012 Volvo Ocean Race with Team Camper, Pitman/Navigator – 2nd
- 2008/ 2009 Volvo Ocean Race with Green Dragon, Pitman/Navigator – 5th
- 2007: Challenger and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup with Emirates Team New Zealand
- 2007: Winner – Louis Vuitton Cup with Emirates Team New Zealand
- 2003: Defender and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand
Manufacturing ManagerFRAMichel MarieManufacturing Manager
Michel Marie was born in France and is married to a New Zealander. He graduated from the University of Caen in Physics and Measurements and studied Construction Technologies at the University of Nantes. He twice raced the Mini-Transat on boats he designed and built himself. He subsequently competed in the Whitbread Round the World Race as a bowman aboard Rucanor Sport before moving into boat-building, initially with Marten Marine in New Zealand. His first involvement with the America’s Cup was with the construction and shore team of Le Défi Français in 1992. He has since competed in five Cups, most recently holding senior management positions with Alinghi (2000 – 2007) and BMW Oracle Racing (2007 – 2010) for three America’s Cup victories. He has also worked on the construction and project management for yachts as diverse as Mari Cha III (carbon fibre cruiser), RAN 5 (72’ Mini Maxi), Merit Cup (Whitbread 60) and Merit / La Poste (Maxi IOR Whitbread)