Originally from Wrexham, Wales, Steve is a boatbuilder who is overseeing composite construction for INEOS TEAM UK. Steve’s sailing experience began after his grandfather, Harry Hains founded Bala Sailing Club and taught Steve in Solos, Lasers and Fireballs. Having been a boatbuilder at Green Marine, Steve has worked on projects such as Stealth, Playstation, Leopard, Hugo Boss Open 60 and Artemis Open 60. Along with this, Steve was Team Leader on Prada during the 2000 and 2003 America’s Cups, and has four Volvo Ocean Races under his belt – Intrum Justitia, Assa Abloy, Ericsson and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. Steve began working for the team in the 35th America's Cup. In Steve’s spare time he is a guitar technician for Western Sand.
Originally from Cyprus, Kevin has 18 years’ experience in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, motorsports, medical, hydraulics and oil explorations. More recently, he has been involved in the repair and overhaul centre for Augusta Westlands helicopters in Yeovil working alongside a survey team servicing and machining gearboxes and rotor blade sleeves for the UK Armed Forces helicopter fleet.
In Kevin’s spare time, he enjoys walking his dog Murray and cycling.
Mark Cartwright began sailing young, in dinghies like the Enterprise, International 14 and Etchells. It was the latter that persuaded him after a gap year competing in various classes to take a position running racing boats. He went on to join the well-known race yacht services company Diverse Yachts in 2003, and began to specialise in electronics designing, installing, commissioning and calibrating electrical and instrument systems. Since then he combined his knowledge of electronics and instrumentation with race navigation competing in regattas around the world joining the team for the 35th America's Cup setting up the Electronics department and is Electronics team lead.
Mark has worked across various fleets from Melges 32 to 140’ Superyachts. Providing complete electrical integration along with performance instrumentation and logging. Working to the very highest standards across the TP52s, Mini Maxis, J-Class, Super Maxis fleets.
In his spare time Carters likes to spend time with his family enjoying Norfolk, cycling and paddle boarding.
Helen grew up in the East End of London, working on the markets with limited access to boats until her brothers discovered sailing. After leaving school she spent over 10 years living and working in Cyprus, Sweden, America, the UK and Italy doing everything from working for the Ministry of Defence to running a car hire office and working in summer, skiing and sailing resorts.
Helen went back to school, graduating from Southampton with a degree in Maritime Environmental Management. She then worked as a Forest Ranger in the New Forest and with the Coastguard Agency, before joining Offshore Challenges (now OC Sport) in 2000 and starting on her current path of managing events and teams. Helen has worked on the Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum, Transat Jacques Vabre, Jules Verne Record, ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds, for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Volvo Ocean Race, Asian Games, Extreme Sailing Series and the Olympics. The 35th America's Cup was Helen's first Cup campaign.
Ian Lovering began a successful career in the marine industry with a win at the 420 World Championships with John Merricks in 1994. Two years later, Lovering was working as shore staff for the British Sailing Team at the Atlanta Olympics, when Ben Ainslie and John Merricks won silver medals. Ian went on to attend the 2000 and 2004 Olympics in the same role.
He worked with the GBR Challenge in Auckland in 2000 / 2003, and then started Ashdown Marine to specialise in race boat systems, hydraulics, painting and composite repair. Subsequently he has worked with four other America’s Cup teams; Team Origin, Victory Challenge, Team Germany and the team for the 35th America's Cup.
Ian also has extensive experience in the Volvo Ocean Race, including working with the winners, Ericsson in 2007-08, as well as Pirates of the Caribbean, Telefónica and Abu Dhabi Azzam. And for the 2014-15 race he has installed the hydraulics in all seven boats, and painted six of them.
Ian ‘Mucky’ McCabe is originally from Margate, Kent and is a trained shipwright and has many years boatbuilding experience working on everything from Open 60s, Extreme 40s, Volvo Open 70s and Maxi Cats.
He has worked with three Vendee Globe teams, as well as on the Route du Rhum and multiple Fastnet Races, Round Britain and Ireland races and a BT Global Challenge. He also worked on the GBR Challenge’s America’s Cup campaign and has sailed many dinghies and catamarans as well as completed two trans-Atlantic crossings. Ian is a boat builder working with the shore team, tasked with the daily maintenance, repairs and modifications of the boats having joined the team for the 35th America's Cup.
Clifford was born in Waterford, Ireland and has been involved with boats in some shape or form for almost all his life. Clifford is a boat builder for the team with previous America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race experience. Clifford has been a team leader at Magma Structures, spent six years working with Alex Thomson Racing as a member of the shore crew and has worked on various projects around the World as a freelance boat builder. In his spare time, Clifford sails, spends time with his family working on the family house and is a handy carpenter.
Originally from Glasgow, Chris started sailing at a young age competing in numerous youth campaigns including the Fastnets and Round Britain and Ireland. Chris was with Team Aqua since 2009 as their offside trimmer and five years as Boat Captain also, winning four consecutive RC44 Championships. In 2015, he secured the course record for the 151 mile Cowes – St Malo Yacht Race on-board Leopard 3. In 2009/2010 Chris spent 6 months working for BMW Oracle in reconnaissance. He has also worked in Rigging support throughout the TP52 fleet when not with the RC44 circuit. In his spare time, Chris enjoys cycling, sailing his Moth and going to the gym.
Richy has been sailing since he was five years old, he started in dinghies in Nefyn in North Wales. He studied Yacht Manufacture and Surveying at Southampton Solent University, before starting work in boat maintenance and management, maintaining a wide range of high performance racing craft. He was boat captain for the team for the 35th America's Cup.
Originally from Portsmouth UK, Ian now lives mostly in Portugal.
Having worked as a Sailmaker and Loft Manager for Lucas, Diamond and North Sails he made the move to the America's Cup in 2000 working as Sail Loft Manager for Swiss team Alinghi. In 2010 he joined Italy's Luna Rossa challenge and then moved to the team in 2015 as Sailmaker and Loft Manager.
Born in Portsmouth, Mark previously worked in the construction industry for six years sandwiched between a year working in Spain. Mark was part of the construction team which built the team's base and was taken onto the team after the completion of the building works.
Following on from his first campaign with the team Mark has moved into the role of managing the overall base. Mark recently won Apprentice of the Year 2017 for Portsmouth.
From the Isle of Wight, Lloyd joins the team as our first Shore Team Apprentice specialising in Marine Electrical Engineering. Straight after A-Levels, Lloyd completed a ski season in Val D'Isère. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, paddle boarding, going to the gym, running and weekend walks with his girlfriend. He has previously represented the Isle of Wight in football and competed at National Level in athletics.