Management

  • 5343

    Ben Ainslie (GBR)

    Team Principal & Skipper
    GBR
    Ben Ainslie
    Team Principal & Skipper

    Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, he has competed and medalled at five Olympic games. At his first ever Olympic Games, aged 19, he won an Olympic silver medal and went on to establish himself as the world’s best by winning consecutive gold medals at the next four Olympic Games. Fresh from his London 2012 success, Ben turned his focus to the next challenge, competing with Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) on the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series. In the summer of 2013, he went on to join ORACLE TEAM USA on-board for their defence of the 34th Cup, helping the American team win the event, 9-8, against Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Ben was an instrumental part in one of the greatest comebacks sport has ever seen, becoming the first Briton, for 110 years, to be part of a winning Cup team.

    Ben is now the Team Principal and Skipper of Britain’s America’s Cup team. The team won the 2015/16 Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, racing in identical 45-foot foiling catamarans and in 2017 he led his first British Challenger to compete in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda.

    Ben will lead INEOS TEAM UK’s challenge to compete and win the 36th America’s Cup.

    Career highlights:
    2015/16: Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series winner
    2013: Winner 34th America’s Cup with OTUSA (San Francisco, USA)
    2013: Broke the ‘Round the Island Race Multihull record’ with J.P. Morgan BAR in the AC45
    London 2012 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
    Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
    2007: Winner – Louis Vuitton Cup, Valencia – Spain with Team NZ
    Athens 2004 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
    Sydney 2000 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
    Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games: Silver Medal
    11 times World Champion
    Nine times European Champion
    Four times World Sailor of the Year

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    AUS
    Grant Simmer
    CEO

    Grant Simmer is CEO of Britain’s America’s Cup team. He has competed in 10 America's Cup cycles, winning sport's oldest international trophy four times. His first Cup experience was as a young navigator aboard Australia II's, during their historic victory in 1983, breaking America's 132-year stronghold on the Cup. It was the first time in the competition's history that the trophy had left American shores. The Australian born sailor/designer has gone on to win the America's Cup three further times as head of design, managing director and general manager with Swiss team Alinghi and more recently with ORACLE TEAM USA.

    Career highlights:
    2013: Winner 34th America’s Cup with OTUSA (San Francisco, USA)
    2013: Inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame
    2003 & 2007: Winner America’s Cup with Alinghi (Auckland, New Zeland & Valencia, Spain)
    1983: Winner America’s Cup Australia II (Newport, USA)

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    James Stagg (GBR)

    Head of Operations
    GBR
    James Stagg
    Head of Operations

    James began his marine career with a brief period as a trainee sailmaker at North Sails, but quickly moved onto the regatta circuit, sailing as a bowman, and working on boat build, refit and maintenance projects. He spent many successful years on the World Match Racing Tour, as well as competing in the Admiral’s Cup, Med Cup and many other top flight events.

    James raced in the 2003 America’s Cup with GBR Challenge. He slowly moved into project management and has brought to life a succession of high profile and successful racing boats.

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    GBR
    Jo Grindley
    CMO / CCO

    Jo is the CMO/CCO for Britain's America's Cup team. Jo has worked alongside Sir Ben Ainslie for 17 years securing all his commercial funding through three Olympic campaigns and in 2011 the pair set the
 strategy of setting up a British America’s Cup team, to challenge for and win the trophy for Britain.
     
    A mother of two teenage daughters who lives in Gurnard on the Isle of Wight, keen recreational cyclist and runner. In 2018 Jo ran the London Marathon for Heads Together, having previously cycled from London to Paris and rowed the English Channel for charity.
     
    Jo started her working life at Lloyds Bank International, but her love of sailing eventually pulled her from the City to compete on the International Match Racing Circuit for four years with double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson. The team were ranked number one in the world for over 12 months.
     
    Whilst competing on the sailing circuit, Jo freelanced as a sailing writer and TV news producer. These tools along with her marketing background proved invaluable when she started the sports marketing agency, Into the Blue in 2005.

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    Jono Macbeth (NZL)

    Sailing Team Manager
    NZL
    Jono Macbeth
    Sailing Team Manager

    A three-times America’s Cup winner, New Zealand’s Jonathan ‘Jono’ Macbeth is the most successful and experienced America’s Cup (AC) sailor in the team. Jono’s Cup career started when he joined ‘Team New Zealand’ in 1997 ahead of their successful defense of the 31st America’s Cup in 2000. He moved across to BMW ORACLE Racing to campaign for the 33rd Cup in 2010 and claimed his second AC win in Valencia, Spain.
    Jono shared AC success alongside Ben Ainslie and Grant Simmer, racing as a grinder on-board winning 34th America’s Cup team, ORACLE TEAM USA. His relationship with Ben dates back to 2007, when they joined forces on-board Team New Zealand to win the Louis Vuitton Cup in Spain. Jono takes on the position of Sailing Team Manager.

    Career Highlights:
    2015/16: Winner Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series (Team Manager) 
    2013: Defender and Winner – 34th America’s Cup, with ORACLE TEAM USA 
    2010: Winner – 33rd America’s Cup, with BMW ORACLE Racing
    2007: Challenger and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup, with Team New Zealand
    2007: Winner – Louis Vuitton Cup, with Team New Zealand
    2003: Defender and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup, with Team New Zealand
    2000: Defender and winner – 31st America’s Cup, with Team New Zealand

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    GBR
    Matt Robinson
    CFO

    Matt joins the team as CFO. He comes from a background of Engineering & Construction and Project Finance, helping Finance teams to understand and interact with everyone in the organisation to provide a first-class finance service. He has graduated from Manchester University with a degree in International Management with French. In his spare time, Matt enjoys training for triathlons and doing charity work. 

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    Michel Marie (FRA)

    Manufacturing Manager
    FRA
    Michel Marie
    Manufacturing 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)

  • 5304

    Nick Holroyd (NZL)

    Chief Designer
    NZL
    Nick Holroyd
    Chief Designer

    Nick is Chief Designer of the British Challenge. Originally a University of Auckland graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Holroyd began to specialise in sailboat racing with an MSc in Maritime CFD and Applied Mechanics at the University of Southampton. He followed that with an 18-year stint at Team New Zealand, beginning in 1997 as a foil designer and naval architect for the team that won the 30th America's Cup in Auckland in 2000. Before joining the British entry, Nick was formerly the Technical Director at Softbank Team Japan for the 35th America's Cup.

Sailing

  • 5305

    Jono Macbeth (NZL)

    Sailing Team Manager
    NZL
    Jono Macbeth
    Sailing Team Manager

    A three-times America’s Cup winner, New Zealand’s Jonathan ‘Jono’ Macbeth is the most successful and experienced America’s Cup (AC) sailor in the team. Jono’s Cup career started when he joined ‘Team New Zealand’ in 1997 ahead of their successful defence of the 31st America’s Cup in 2000. He moved across to BMW ORACLE Racing to campaign for the 33rd Cup in 2010 and claimed his second AC win in Valencia, Spain.

    Jono shared AC success alongside Ben Ainslie and Grant Simmer, racing as a grinder on-board winning 34th America’s Cup team, ORACLE TEAM USA. His relationship with Ben dates back to 2007, when they joined forces on-board Team New Zealand to win the Louis Vuitton Cup in Spain. Jono takes on the position of Sailing Team Manager.

    Career Highlights:
    2015/16:  Winner Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series (Team Manager)
    2013:        Defender and Winner – 34th America’s Cup, with ORACLE TEAM USA
    2010:        Winner – 33rd America’s Cup, with BMW ORACLE Racing
    2007:        Challenger and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup, with Team New Zealand
    2007:        Winner – Louis Vuitton Cup, with Team New Zealand
    2003:        Defender and runner up – 32nd America’s Cup, with Team New Zealand

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    NZL/GBR
    Andrew McLean
    Trimmer

    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 UK as Team Leader of Systems Engineering.

    Career Highlights:
    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

  • 5343

    Ben Ainslie (GBR)

    Team Principal & Skipper
    GBR
    Ben Ainslie
    Team Principal & Skipper

    Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, he has competed and medalled at five Olympic games. At his first ever Olympic Games, aged 19, he won an Olympic silver medal and went on to establish himself as the world’s best by winning consecutive gold medals at the next four Olympic Games. Fresh from his London 2012 success, Ben turned his focus to the next challenge, competing with Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) on the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series. In the summer of 2013, he went on to join ORACLE TEAM USA on-board for their defence of the 34th Cup, helping the American team win the event, 9-8, against Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Ben was an instrumental part in one of the greatest comebacks sport has ever seen, becoming the first Briton, for 110 years, to be part of a winning Cup team.

    Ben is now the Team Principal and Skipper of Britain’s America’s Cup team. The team won the 2015/16 Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, racing in identical 45-foot foiling catamarans and in 2017 he led his first British Challenger to compete in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda.

    Ben will to lead INEOS TEAM UK’s challenge to compete and win the 36th America’s Cup.

    Career highlights:
    2015/16: Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series winner
    2013: Winner 34th America’s Cup with OTUSA (San Francisco, USA)
    2013: Broke the ‘Round the Island Race Multihull record’ with J.P. Morgan BAR in the AC45
    London 2012 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
    Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
    2007: Winner – Louis Vuitton Cup, Valencia – Spain with Team NZ
    Athens 2004 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
    Sydney 2000 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
    Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games: Silver Medal
    11 times World Champion
    Nine times European Champion
    Four times World Sailor of the Year

  • 5290

    Ben Cornish (GBR)

    INEOS Rebel
    GBR
    Ben Cornish
    INEOS Rebel

    Ben Cornish grew up sailing a mirror dinghy on the Exe Estuary and progressed into the National Junior Squad, racing with partner Sam Mason. The duo went on to became under 16 National Champions.

    He then moved up from junior sailing to compete in the single-handed Laser class and was selected for the RYA Olympic Development Squad. In the four years he spent with the team he was selected to represent Great Britain at three consecutive World Championships.

    At the end of 2013 he switched to the heavywight Finn dingy, becoming a rising star in class and training partner to the Olympic hopeful, Giles Scott during his campaign for Rio 2016. One of his career highlights racing in the boat was a gold medal win at the Finn World Cup Final in Santander. 

    The AC36 in New Zealand will be Ben's first Cup campaign and he joins INEOS TEAM UK as a 'Rebel'; a full-time sailing intern immersed within and recieving support from the senior sailing team. 

     
     
     
     
     
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    Ben Pink (GBR)

    Junior Strength and Conditioning Coach
    GBR
    Ben Pink
    Junior Strength and Conditioning Coach

    Ben grew up on the Isle of Wight and has a Degree in BSc Strength & Conditioning from the University of South Wales. He joins INEOS TEAM UK as a Junior Strength & Conditioning coach, supporting the sailing and performance team. 

    Ben is a former extreme sports athlete across both winter and summer board sports; he competed in ski and snowboard Slopestyle and big air competitions in Canada and on the water and was an international Kite Surf and Wakeboard competitor and part of kite & board R&D for Future Kiting. Due to a number of injuries, he stopped competing and used his experience to forge a career working with athletes, coaching with a focus oninjury prevention.

    His drive and interest in human performance has provided opportunities with Welsh Premiership rugby and consulting projects with national combat sport athletes, Moto X riders and the Chinese national snowboard team. He also has his Yacht Master and enjoys offshore racing. The 36th America’s Cup will be Ben’s first Cup campaign.

     

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    Ben Williams (GBR)

    Head of Human Performance
    GBR
    Ben Williams
    Head of Human Performance

    Ben Williams is the Head of Human Performance for INEOS TEAM UK, and his job is to physically prepare the sailors off the water, to maximise their potential in training and competition on the water.

    Before joining the team Ben worked in Judo, Triathlon, Motorsport and Specialist rehabilitation and has over 10 years’ experience in Elite Sport.

    Ben’s hobbies also include endurance sports, he has competed in the Marathon des Sables (MdS), Ironman triathlon and the Race Across America (RAAM). These are arguably three of the hardest races in the world. He also enjoys cycling, skiing and sailing.

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    GBR
    Bleddyn Mon
    Sailor

    Bleddyn was born in Bangor (North Wales) and started sailing at an early age from Traeth Bychan on Anglesey; initially with his brothers in Mirrors before moving on to a Topper. In his teenage years, he became a World and European medallist in the 29er.

    Bleddyn studied Mechanical Engineering Aerospace at the University of Southampton, which included a 12-month industrial placement with the Red Bull Formula 1 team as part of the Aerodynamic Development Group. While he was at university, he competed in the Extreme Sailing Series with The Wave Muscat in 2012 and joined Ben Ainslie’s J.P. Morgan BAR for their ESS campaign in 2014. He has also competed in 49ers, 470s, Etchells and several IRC class boats.

    In 2015 he joined the British challenge for their 35th America’s Cup campaign in Bermuda, taking on both a sailing and design role - as part of the Performance and Instrumentation Team. He went straight from Bermuda to compete in the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race joining ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’, a mixed, youth focused team led by Britain’s Dee Caffari. 

    The 36th America’s Cup will be Bleddyn’s second AC campaign and he will resume both a sailing and design role within the systems and performance teams.

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    GBR
    Chris Brittle
    Sailor

    Chris Brittle has campaigned for three America's Cups, competed on the Olympic circuit and been the training partner for two gold medal winning Olympic campaigns. 

    As part of the British Sailing Team's Olympic programme from 1999 to 2005, he was Iain Percy’s Finn training partner for the Sydney Olympics and Ben Ainslie’s for the 2004 Olympics where both won gold.

    His first America’s Cup Challenge was in 2007 for the AC32 when he joined +39 Challenge as a grinder, then alongside Iain Percy and Ben Ainslie joined Britain’s Team Origin. Brittle was onboard Team Korea’s AC45 in the inaugural America’s Cup World Series in 2011 before joining for two consecutive Cup campaigns, AC34 in San Francisco and AC35 in Bermuda.

  • 5312
    GBR
    David Carr
    Grinder

    During his racing career, David ‘Freddie’ Carr has campaigned for four America’s Cups; in 2003 with ‘GBR Challenge’, in 2007 with ‘Victory Challenge’, in 2013 with ‘Prada Luna Rossa Challenge’ and most recently with 'Land Rover BAR' for the 35th America's Cup.

    During his America’s Cup career, David has racked up an impressive eight podium finishes from 12 America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) events, including three event wins in the 2012/13 ACWS circuit and finished as runner up in the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup (LVC) – the 30th anniversary of the event.

    He has a multi-hull racing background, having competed in five Extreme Sailing Series and was crowned the 2009 Extreme Sailing Series Champion with Oman Sail. Another sailor who came up through the ranks of the RYA Youth Programme, he was inspired by his sailing father, former RYA Director, Rod Carr.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    2017: Semi-Finalist - Louis Vuitton Cup

    2016: Winner - Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series 

    2013: Runner up – Louis Vuitton Cup, Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC72

    2012/13: Winner – ACWS Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC45

    2009: Extreme Sailing Series Champion, Oman Air

    2007: 5th – Louis Vuitton Cup, Victory Challenge

    2003: 7th – Louis Vuitton Cup, GBR Challenge

    TP52 World Champion and Farr 40 European Champion,

    Youth & Student World Match Racing Champion

    2008/09: Volvo Ocean Race with Green Dragon – In-port Grinder

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    Dominic Dentry (GBR)

    Physiotherapist
    GBR
    Dominic Dentry
    Physiotherapist

    Proud to be born and raised in Portsmouth, Dom qualified as a Physiotherapist at University College London in 1993 and returned to work in private practice in his home city. He has worked within elite sport since 1999, initially for British Gymnastics before covering many different sports at competitive events across the world. He has worked at more than 50 international competitions in over 30 different countries including Olympic, Commonwealth, World and European Championships.

    His role with INEOS TEAM UK is to work closely with the strength and conditioning team, ensuring that the sailing team are optimally conditioned to tolerate the workload that sailing an America’s Cup demands – as well as attending to injuries that occur in this endeavour.

    In his free time Dom can be found on his bike; enjoying the coastline and Hampshire countryside.

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    Giles Scott (GBR)

    Tactician & Design liaison
    GBR
    Giles Scott
    Tactician & Design liaison

    Giles was born in 1987 in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire UK and studied Geography at Southampton University.

    Giles had a successful youth sailing career before going on to win the RYA Youth Championships and Trials in 2005 in the Laser Standard, followed by a gold medal at the ISAF World Youth Championships. In 2006, Giles started sailing the Finn Olympic single-handed dinghy, he instantly took to the boat and in his first year finished 14th at the World Championships. Giles progressed up the ranks, winning the 2011 Finn European and World Championships, and pushing Ben Ainslie all the way in selection trials for the Team GBR spot at the London 2012 Olympics.

    He then moved into the America’s Cup circuit first on board with Team Korea which led to joining the Italian Challenger, Prada Luna Rossa for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.

    Back in the Finn, during the 2014 season Giles was head and shoulders above the rest of fleet, picking up seven consecutive regatta victories. He looked untouchable in his build-up to the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds, and delivered with an exemplary performance to comfortably win his second Finn world title. Giles went on to achieve his Olympic dream by dominating the Finn Class at 2016 Rio Olympics and bringing gold back to Britain.

    Straight after the 2016 games, Giles returned to America’s Cup racing re-joining Ben Ainslie’s British Challenger to compete in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. He is now campaigning for his third America’s Cup, helping the British entry prepare for the 36th America's Cup in 2021 and continuing the journey to bring the Cup home.

    Career highlights:
    2017: Semi-finalist 35th America’s Cup, Bermuda
    2016: Olympic Gold, Rio 2016
    2015/16: Winner Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series 
    2014: ISAF Sailing Finn World Champion
    2014: Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 (Rio 2016 Test Event), gold medal
    2014: Finn European Champion
    Over 15 gold medal wins at European and International regattas since 2008
    2013: Runner up – Louis Vuitton Cup, Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC72
    2012/13: Winner – ACWS Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC45
    2012: ACWS San Francisco – Team Korea
    2011 ISAF Sailing Finn World Champion
    Bronze medal at World and European Laser Radial Youth Championships
    2005: Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships

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    AUS
    Graeme Spence
    Grinder

    Graeme grew up in Perth, Western Australia - home to the 26th America’s Cup in 1987 - and started sailing aged 12. Graeme was a regular on the World Match Racing Tour before joining ORACLE TEAM USA as a grinder for the 35th America’s Cup, where he also had a role supporting the development of the hydraulic and mechanical systems. Alongside his sailing Graeme also played football [AFL] and water polo and has a university degree in Commerce. The 36th America’s Cup will be Graeme’s second campaign. 

  • 5303

    Iain Jensen (AUS)

    Mainsail Trimmer
    AUS
    Iain Jensen
    Mainsail Trimmer

    Iain ‘Goobs’ Jensen started sailing in his hometown of Wangi Wangi, Australia when he was five years old. At the age of 16, he represented Australia for the first time, winning the double handed 420 Youth World Championships.

    In 2009 he won the 49er World Championships in Lake Garda, Italy and two years later claimed his second 49er World Champion title in Perth, Australia. In 2012 he won an Olympic gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games and went on to win a second Olympic medal – silver – at Rio 2016.   

    Iain has campaigned as wing trimmer with Artemis Racing for two America’s Cups; the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco and the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, where the team were knocked out at the Playoff Finals by AC35 winners, Emirates Team New Zealand.  

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • 2017: 35th America’s Cup Challenger finalist with Artemis Racing
    • Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Silver medal
    • 2013: 34th America’s Cup challenger, wing trimmer with Artemis Racing
    • London 2012 Olympic Games: Gold Medal
    • 2011: 49er World Champion
    • 2009: 49er World Champion  
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    AUS/GBR
    Joey Newton
    Trimmer

    This will be Newton's seventh campaign; his previous experience includes two Cup victories with Oracle Team USA, alongside campaigns with the American OneWorld Challenge and the Italian Luna Rossa teams. The latest recruit to the British team will be re-joining teammates from the win in the 34th America's Cup; Ben Ainslie (Team Principal and Skipper), Jono Macbeth (Sailing Team Manager) and Grant Simmer (CEO).

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS


    Six America’s cup campaigns 
    Louis Vuitton finalist 2007
    America’s Cup winner 2010 (AC33) and 2013 (AC34)

  • 5464
    GBR
    Leigh McMillan
    Sailor

    Leigh McMillan grew up on the Isle of Wight, and began sailing with his father, who skippered classic yachts. He progressed to dinghies at the age of eight, representing Britain at the Optimist Europeans and Worlds. He moved into the Laser Radial and won the Youth Nationals, before transferring to the Hobie 16 when it became an ISAF class for the Youth Worlds. McMillan competed in the Youth World Championships in South Africa in the Hobie 16, and this began his career in multihulls.

    He qualified to represent Team GBR in Athens in 2004, placing 13th. McMillan qualified again in 2008 after a series of podiums at major international regattas, but finished 6th. The multihull event was then dropped from the Olympics, which forced McMillan to look in a new direction.

    The answer was the Extreme 40, first developed in 2004 and 2005 as a short course racing multihull. Leigh McMillan joined the debutant circuit in 2005 and 2006, when it was part of the Volvo Ocean Race, before returning to the Olympics. Once the 2008 Games were over, McMillan rejoined the circuit, racing for various teams before joining Oman Sail mid-season in 2011. He has subsequently won two championship titles, along with the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour in 2015.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
    • 2017: 35th America's Cup Challenger Semi-Finalist with Land Rover BAR
    • 2015: Winner Extreme Sailing Series, The Wave Muscat
    • 2015: Winner Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour
    • 2013: Winner Extreme Sailing Series, The Wave Muscat
    • 2012: Winner Extreme Sailing Series, The Wave Muscat
    • 2008: Team GB representative in multihull class Beijing 2008
    • 2004: Team GB representative in multihull class Athens 2004

  • 5467
    AUS
    Luke Parkinson
    Grinder

    28-year old Luke Parkinson began sailing in a mirror dinghy at the age of five in Perth, Western Australia. He has since gone on to compete in one Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (2013), one America’s Cup (AC35 in 2017) and two consecutive Volvo Ocean Races (2014/15, 2017/18). In the build-up to London 2012 he also campaigned in the Olympic 49er class, training with Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen.

    His first taste of America's Cup racing came in the 2013 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco with Objective Australia Team and his first Cup campaign was with Artemis Racing, for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. Artemis Racing progressed to the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals where they were defeated by the eventual winners, Emirates Team New Zealand. 

    During his first Volvo Ocean Race, with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Luke was one of only two under-30’s onboard and after ten months of intense racing, they came away winners. After the AC35 in Bermuda, he returned to ocean racing for the 2017/18 edition, with Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag.

  • 5466
    GBR
    Neil Hunter
    Float

    Neil Hunter grew up on the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast so was never too far from the sea. His racing career began at the age of 13, firstly in the RS Fevas, but quickly progressing into the International 420 youth class and Scottish RYA’s 420 Squad and then onto the 29er class sailing with his younger brother, Rory.

    At the age of 18, Neil and Rory got a 49er and they trained on their own every weekend for 18 months in Scotland between studying a degree in Naval Architecture at Glasgow University.

    The training paid off when they made a breakthrough at the 2014 ISAF World Championships in Santander beating all the development squad and podium potentials at the event. The Hunter brothers were then invited to join the British Sailing Team Podium Potential Squad and they moved to Weymouth full time in November 2014 where they went on to be 49er national champions in 2014 and 2015.

    In early 2016, Neil was invited to sail with the team at the first Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) event in Oman and has acted as Skipper for the
    ESS this season.

    So far in Hunter’s career his biggest highlight is being a grinder for the team during the 35th America's Cup. Neil has recently gone on to compete in the ESS again in 2018 and compete in the Super Foiler.

     

  • 5465
    GBR
    Nick Hutton
    Trimmer

    Devon-born Nick Hutton came up through the ranks of the RYA Youth programme, starting his racing career in the double-handed 420 class and made his America’s Cup debut in 2012. Hutton was bowman with the Italian entry, ‘Prada Luna Rossa Challenge’. Nick enjoyed success, winning the 2012/13 ACWS and finishing runners up in the Louis Vuitton Cup – the 30th anniversary of the event.

    Nick brings a huge amount of multi-hull racing experience to the team. He has competed in six Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) and was crowned the 2010 Champion, with The Wave, Muscat. In 2014 he was back competing on the ESS circuit, with J.P. Morgan BAR, as the team’s Headsail trimmer. He sailed with the team throughout the 35th America's Cup campaign.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    2017: Semi-Finalist - Louis Vuitton Cup

    2016: Winner Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series 

    2012/13: Winner – ACWS with Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC45

    2013: Runner up – Louis Vuitton Cup with Prada Luna Rossa Challenge, AC72

    2013: Winner – Alpari World Match Racing Tour, ‘Argo Group Gold Cup’, Bermuda

    Competed on six Extreme Sailing Series circuits, crowed 2010 Extreme Sailing Series Champion

    World and European Champion, Swan Championships

    Student World Champion and two times British Champion

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    Oli Greber (GBR)

    INEOS Rebel
    GBR
    Oli Greber
    INEOS Rebel

    Oli has always had a passion for sport but his real interest for sailing took off at the age of six, when his parents took him Optimist sailing on a small lake. A few years later he joined his local sailing club - Pevensey Bay Sailing Club, Eastbourne and trained in a Topper before being accepted to join the RYA Youth Squad.

    Oli moved on to multihulls and advanced through to the National Squad. At the age of 17, he won the first of two youth national championships which led to competing at the ISAF Youth Worlds twice, winning a bronze medal in 2013 in Cyprus. In 2015 he won a place on the AC35 British America’s Cup team's Academy youth programme, going on to compete with the team at three consecutive  Extreme Sailing Series alongside a 3-month internship with the Shore Team, learning and developing boat building and rigging skills.

    Oli also has a degree in Sport & Exercise Science from Portsmouth University. He joins the team as a 'Rebel'; a full-time sailing intern immersed within and receiving support from the senior sailing team. 

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    Rob Wilson (GBR)

    Sailing Team Coach
    GBR
    Rob Wilson
    Sailing Team Coach

    From Chertsey, UK, Rob was a keen sailor from a young age. He studied chemistry at undergraduate level at the University of Bristol, before achieving an MBa from the University of Southampton. During this time, Rob sailed in the British Sailing Team in the Tornado. He then became a coach and has since been acknowledged in the UK Sport ‘Coaches Hall of Fame’ by HRH Princess Royal. His coaching resume includes helping Helena Lucas to Paralympic 2012 Gold, The Wave Muscat to Extreme Sailing Series wins in 2012 and 2013, and Alegre to a Mini Maxi World Championship and the team to become America's Cup World Series champions. 

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    ESP
    Xabier Fernandez
    Sailor

    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. The duo were successful, winning consecutive Olympic medals; a gold in Athens in 2004 followed by a silver in Beijing four years later.

    Xabi has also competed in five Volvo Ocean Races and has been part of every Spanish campaign since 2005-06. Most recently he finished as runner up in the 2017/ 18 edition with MAPFRE. He was also part of the British America's Cup team for their 35th America's Cup campaign in Bermuda, his second Cup campaign. 

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2011
    • 3 times Olympian
    • Olympic gold in 49er class, Athens 2004
    • Olympic silver in 49er class in Beijing 2008
    • 3 times 49er world champion; 2002, 2004 and 2010
    • 3 times 49er European champion; 2002, 2007 and 2008.
    • 6 racing circumnavigations of the planet; five Volvo Ocean Races and one Barcelona World Race (2nd place) 
    • 3rd at the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race
    • 2nd Barcelona World Race.
    • America’s Cup campaign with Luna Rossa in 2013 
    • America's Cup campaign with Land Rover BAR in 2017 

Design

  • 5304

    Nick Holroyd (NZL)

    Chief Designer
    NZL
    Nick Holroyd
    Chief Designer

    Nick is Chief Designer of the British Challenge. Originally a University of Auckland graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Holroyd began to specialise in sailboat racing with an MSc in Maritime CFD and Applied Mechanics at the University of Southampton. He followed that with an 18-year stint at Team New Zealand, beginning in 1997 as a foil designer and naval architect for the team that won the 30th America's Cup in Auckland in 2000. Before joining the British entry, Nick was formerly the Technical Director at Softbank Team Japan for the 35th America's Cup.

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    Andrew McLean (NZL/GBR)

    Team Leader Systems Engineering
    NZL/GBR
    Andrew McLean
    Team 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 UK as Team Leader of Systems Engineering.

    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    • 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
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    Andy Bryson (GBR)

    Software Engineer
    GBR
    Andy Bryson
    Software 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.

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    FRA
    Antoine Guillou
    Design 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.

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    FRA
    Ben Vernieres
    Design 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.

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    Benjamin Muyl (FRA)

    Chief Engineer
    FRA
    Benjamin Muyl
    Chief Engineer

    Benjamin 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.

  • 5296

    Bryan Andreas (GBR)

    Design Engineer - Mechanical
    GBR
    Bryan Andreas
    Design Engineer - Mechanical

    Bryan began his career by serving as an aerospace design office apprentice at Martin Baker Aircraft. He soon became a full time employee and spent nine years working on various ejection seat designs for aircraft such as the Harrier, Hawk, Tornado, F15 and F18. Bryan then moved into motorsport in 1987, working firstly on Le Mans and Indy cars before moving into Formula 1. Teams that he has worked at include Benetton, Leyton House, Team Lotus, British American Racing, Honda, Red Bull and Marussia. In recent years Bryan has been responsible for the design of the hydraulic systems on the cars. Alongside this Bryan has also designed at Lotus Engineering and Ascari Cars.

    Bryan was part of Land Rover BAR’s campaign for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda - his first experience working within the sport - where he was responsible for mechanical systems design. Since the previous Cup he has been busy working, again in Formula One and Jaguar Special Vehicles.

    Bryan joins the INEOS TEAM UK design team in the role of Design Engineer - Mechanical.

    Away from work, Bryan spends time with his wife and young son and continues to enjoy travel and SCUBA diving.

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    Damien Charveriat (FRA)

    Simulation and Analysis
    FRA
    Damien Charveriat
    Simulation 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 most of 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.

  • 5334

    David Jonson (RSA)

    Structural Engineering Team Leader
    RSA
    David Jonson
    Structural Engineering Team Leader

    Born in Empangeni, 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 design team for Team Shosholoza who campaigned for the 32nd America’s Cup in 2007. He enjoys sailing and mountain biking in his spare time.

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    David Scott (CAN)

    Design Team
    CAN
    David Scott
    Design Team
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    FRA
    Gautier Sergent
    Design Team

    Gautier Sergent joins the team from his role as the leader of the North Sails R&D team in Vannes, France. While he was born in France, he began his sail design career in New Zealand, as an apprentice designer at the North Sails loft in Auckland.

    He has worked on several major design projects including the design of the race inventories for the Volvo Ocean Race’s VO65 in the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races [done 5 VOR with Brasil One, Delta Lloyd and Groupama : win] .  He has also designed sails for many of the French offshore racing elite including Thomas Coville, Francois Gabart, Armel Le Cleach and Jean-Pierre Dick.

    Gauttier’s involvement with the Cup started in 2003 with Oracle, working across performance / sailvision followed by Victory Challenge (FSI sail), Team Origin (sail designer until the deed of gift challenge). He joined Artemis Racing for the AC35 in San Francisco late in the campaign, working across sail modelling and structure.

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    ITA
    Giovanni Belgrano
    Design 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. 

  • 5301
    USA
    Harold Youngren
    Design Team

    Harold ‘Hal’ Youngren will work on AC75 foil design and optimization. His areas of expertise include aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, propulsion analysis and design, aircraft and rotorcraft design, aeroelasticity and stability and control. He has worked with several US aerospace companies on unmanned VTOL aircraft and currently works with Boeing/Aurora Flight Sciences on new eVTOL aircraft designs.

    Hal has contributed extensively to Open Source design and analysis software for aircraft preliminary design (AVL) and propeller design (XROTOR). His background includes skills in electronics, computers, software, embedded systems and mechanical design. He is also an avid pilot of both full size and model aircraft and sailplanes.

    Hal has S.B. and S.M degrees in Aeronautics from MIT and has worked on a wide range of aircraft design applications over the last 35 years. He was the chief engineer for the MIT Daedalus Human Powered Aircraft in 1987/1988 which holds the current world record for distance and duration. In 1994/1995 he was chief aerodynamicist on the Frontier Systems/Boeing/Loral team for the DARPA Tier2+ long-range reconnaissance aircraft program. He has worked on hydrofoil design with several America’s Cup design teams – for Emirates Team New Zealand for AC34 and for Oracle Team USA for AC35

  • 5330

    James Roche (GBR)

    Performance & Data Analysis Team Leader
    GBR
    James Roche
    Performance & 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.

  • 5460

    Jarrad Wallace (NZL)

    Rig Designer.
    NZL
    Jarrad Wallace
    Rig Designer.

    New Zealander Jarrad has a Masters-of-Engineering from Auckland University and joins INEOS TEAM UK as Rig Designer. He is also a Design Engineer at Southern Spars, the leading designer and manufacturer of bespoke carbon masts, booms and rigging. During his 15 years with Southern Spars he has designed rigs for 18ft skiffs through to Superyachts, with his real focus being GP race boats including the One Design Volvo 65s, TP52s and IRC race yachts. The 36th America’s Cup will be his first Cup campaign.

    Outside of the team Jarrad enjoys spending time with his two girls, who are aged 11 & nine and when he has the time, renovating the family home. Whilst in England with the team, he is enjoying getting to know his way around Hampshire and the Solent!

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    Johannes Mausolf (GER)

    Performance Engineer
    GER
    Johannes Mausolf
    Performance 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.

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    USA
    Jonathan Nicols
    Design Team
  • 5462

    Juan Vila (ESP)

    Meteorologist and Performance Manager
    ESP
    Juan Vila
    Meteorologist and Performance Manager

    Juan joins INEOS TEAM UK as the team’s Meteorologist and Performance Manager. He has a degree in Civil Engineering and is the only Spanish competitive sailor to have won both a round-the-world race with stop-overs (Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race) and the America’s Cup. Over the past 30 years, Juan has competed in eight Cup campaigns, five Volvo Ocean Races and two Jules Verne trophy attempts. 

    Juan grew up in Barcelona, he first sailed in the 1989–90 Whitbread Round the World Race with Spanish entry, Fortuna Extra Lights and went on to compete in four further editions. In 2001-02 he was victorious with Illbruck Challenge - in the rebranded Volvo Ocean Race - becoming the first Spanish sailor to win the race. In the 2017/18 edition he competed with Spanish entry, MAPFRE, finishing second.  

    Juan has also competed in eight Cup campaigns since 1992. In 2003, he joined Alinghi as navigator for three consecutive campaigns and won his first Cup with the team at the AC31. In 2013, Juan went on to join the Oracle Racing design team for two consecutive campaigns, winning his second Cup - the AC34.  

    In 2012 he was a navigator aboard Banque Populaire’s record-breaking round-the-world voyage, setting the fastest time for a crewed yacht of 45d 13h 42m. He also sailed in the 2013 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Giacomo and on Wild Oats XI in the 2016 edition.  

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    BEL
    Julien Pilate
    Design Team

    Julien has a degree in Engineering and in 2008 joined North Sails New Zealand. His academic research at the Yacht Research Unit of the University of Auckland focused on a novel “inverse pressure” approach to sail plan design and was widely published. Recognition for the quality of Julien’s work lead to his award of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) Austin Farrar prize for best academic paper by an author under the age of thirty.

    In 2011 Julien joined Southern Spars to work on the shared design package for the AC72 wing-sailed catamaran. Upon completion of this collaboration, in 2013 Julien joined Luna Rossa Challenge to work in the aerodynamics team for the 34th America’s Cup campaign. Julien then moved to North Sails France to work on various specialist offshore projects (Maxi multihulls, Imoca, VOR65 etc). Recent work with Franck Cammas and Groupama Team France has covered both C-Class and America’s Cup Class projects, where Julien lead the Aerodynamics group specializing in both CFD and VPP work. At INEOS TEAM UK, Julien will work closely with Gautier Sergent on aero models for performance prediction and rig development.

  • 5306

    Len Imas (USA)

    CFD & Aero/Hydrodynamic Designer
    USA
    Len Imas
    CFD & Aero/Hydrodynamic Designer

    Len has participated in numerous yacht design campaigns having worked with teams and designers in five Americas Cups, three Volvo Ocean Races, as well as the Vendee Globe and Jules Verne Trophy Races.  He was also a research professor of ocean engineering at the Davidson Laboratory where he oversaw various research activities involving applied fluid dynamics. His areas of expertise are in High Performance Computing, CFD, and numerical optimization and their application to design problems in marine hydrodynamics and low speed aerodynamics. 

  • 5368

    Lucas Delcourt (FRA)

    Control Systems Engineer
    FRA
    Lucas Delcourt
    Control Systems Engineer

    Lucas joins INEOS TEAM UK as a Control Systems Engineer. His diverse professional experiences allows him to support and work across systems, performance and analysis. He has an aerospace, aeronautics and astronautics engineering degree at ISAE-SUPAERO, Toulouse, and a Masters in maritime engineering at ENSTA Paris Tech.

    In-between his two degrees, he took a years break to gain experience within the offshore sailing world, working first for IMOCA race team, SAFRAN, across a number of autopilot and performance development projects, followed by another six months at naval architectural firm, VPLP Vannes, focusing on cutting edge offshore multihull simulation on performance and stability analysis. 

    Upon completing his studies Lucas relocated to Germany as an intern for respected race yacht designers, Judel – Vrolijk, working on CFD appendages optimization tools. At the end of 2017 he moved to the UK to work for BAR Technologies, the Applied Technologies division of the British America’s Cup team for the AC35. The 36th America’s Cup will be his first America’s Cup campaign.

    Outside of the team Lucas is a sail and sport addict who likes to challenge himself.

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    Mark Chisnell (GBR)

    Technology coordinator
    GBR
    Mark Chisnell
    Technology 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.

  • 5419

    Mark McCafferty (GBR)

    Design Engineer
    GBR
    Mark McCafferty
    Design 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 UK 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. 

  • 5346

    Max Starr (GBR)

    Analysis and Simulation Team
    GBR
    Max Starr
    Analysis 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.

  • 5292

    Nitin Garg (IND)

    Software Developer
    IND
    Nitin Garg
    Software Developer

    Nitin joins the design team as a Software Developer, specialising in Optimization. The 36th America’s Cup will be his first Cup campaign. 

    Nitin has a PhD in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan, USA, on the hydrostructural optimization of hydrofoils using CFD/CSD. Prior to joining the team, Nitin worked at Imperial College, London as a Research Associate. He has also sailed as a Marine Engineer on LNG carriers and product tankers. 

    Nitin speaks English and Hindi and in his spare time likes to play cricket and badminton. 

  • 5331

    Ollie Pendleton (GBR)

    Design Engineer
    GBR
    Ollie Pendleton
    Design 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.

  • 5337

    Philibert Chenais (FRA)

    Design Engineer
    FRA
    Philibert Chenais
    Design 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. 

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    NED
    Rolf E. Vrolijk
    Design team

    Rolf Vrolijk was born in the Netherlands and went on to study Naval Architecture. Together with Fietje Judel, Rolf founded the company judel/vrolijk design in 1978 in Hamburg. The company is among the world’s most respected design offices for high-calibre sailing yachts and judel/vrolijk is a name that has shaped the international racing and yacht building scene for 40 years. The team have designed race boats for the TP52 class, Maxi72, cruiser racers, performance cruisers, classical yachts, production boats, motor-yachts and high grade one-off cruising yachts.

    Rolf won the America's Cup in 2003 and 2007 with Team Alinghi, where he had the role of Chief Designer. Through Team Alinghi's win, the Cup came to Europe for the first time since the race started in 1851.

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    FRA
    Romaric Neyhousser
    Design Team
  • 5336
    RSA/GBR
    Simon Eatwell
    Design 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.  

  • 5288

    Tobias Kohl (GER)

    Consultant
    GER
    Tobias Kohl
    Consultant

    Tobias is a group leader at Judel-Vrolijk, one of the world’s most respected design offices for high-calibre sailing yachts and performance race boats. He has a Naval architecture engineering degree from Kiel University of Applied Sciences and experience overseeing design projects for the TP52, Maxi 72, IRC and ORCI classes. He is also a keen sailor, competing in a number of the circuits. Tobias is a consultant to INEOS TEAM UK, supporting Rolf E. Vrolijk across design projects for the team's AC75 race boat. 

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    Tom Cheney (GBR)

    Software Developer
    GBR
    Tom Cheney
    Software Developer

    Born in Milton Keynes, Tom graduated from the University of Portsmouth with degrees in Computer Engineering and Electronic Engineering. Tom has 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.

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    AUT
    Walter Zwieflhofer
    Meteorologist

    Walter joins the team to provide meteorological support to the team’s training, testing and racing programmes. After graduating from the Technical University of Vienna with a master’s in computer science, Walter spent most of his career at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). There he held over time various positions, including Head of Computing (being responsible for the supercomputer installation) and Director of Operations (being responsible for all operational modelling and forecasting activities). In his spare time, Walter has skippered two trans-Atlantic crossings and enjoys a game of golf. The AC36 will be Walter’s second America's Cup; he supported the British Challenger in their campaign for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda.

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    Will Bakewell (GBR)

    Systems Simulation Engineer
    GBR
    Will Bakewell
    Systems 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.

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    Will Brooks (GBR)

    Design Team
    GBR
    Will Brooks
    Design 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. 

Operations

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    James Stagg (GBR)

    Head of Operations
    GBR
    James Stagg
    Head of Operations

    James began his marine career with a brief period as a trainee sailmaker at North Sails, but quickly moved onto the regatta circuit, sailing as a bowman, and working on boat build, refit and maintenance projects. He spent many successful years on the World Match Racing Tour, as well as competing in the Admiral’s Cup, Med Cup and many other top flight events.

    James raced in the 2003 America’s Cup with GBR Challenge. He slowly moved into project management and has brought to life a succession of high profile and successful racing boats.

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    AUS
    Adam Minter
    Rigger

    Adam is originally from Sydney, Australia but has been living in Cornwall for the past year. He joins INEOS TEAM UK as a Rigger and the 36th America’s Cup will be his first campaign.

    Prior to joining the team Adam was working with a number of professional race teams. He was with Provezza Sailing Team for a season on the TP52 circuit (2018 – 19) and Maxi 72 teams, Sorcha (2017-18) and Jethou (2015-16). Between 2011 – 2014 he was supporting Rán racing as a Rigger.

    His previous sailing experience includes competing on 16ft and 18 ft Skiffs and on the TP52 Super Series, Maxi 72 Caribbean 600, Giraglia Race and two Sydney to Hobart races. His hobbies include Surfing, Skiing, Moth Sailing and Cycling.

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    Andre Bird RVM (GBR)

    Senior Hydraulics Technician
    GBR
    Andre Bird RVM
    Senior Hydraulics Technician

    Andre joined the Royal Air Force in 1974 as an Aircraft Engineer working on the Canberra and Vulcan aircraft. In 1979 he was selected to join the The Queens Flight based at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire and in 1986 became a Wessex Helicopter Crew Chief flying Her Majesty The Queen, Members of the Royal Family, Visiting Heads of State and Senior Ministers. He completed 23 years in The Royal Air Force before retiring in 1997.

    Upon leaving the RAF Andre went on to spend the next 17 years in motor racing; as a Hydraulics Technician for Williams F1 for 13 years and the remainder with Marussia F1 Team as the Factory Assembly Manager. 

    In 2014, he joined Riversimple as Head of the R&D workshop helping to develop and build Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles. The 36th America's Cup is Andre's first Cup campaign and he joins INEOS TEAM UK as a Senior Hydraulics Technician. Outside of the team his hobbies include Motor Racing, walking, fly fishing, restoration of his classic car and the running of his smallholding and holiday cottage. 

     

  • 5299

    Aston Campion (GBR)

    Boat Builder
    GBR
    Aston Campion
    Boat Builder

    Aston was Portsmouth born now lives in Gosport and has a wealth of experience in the marine industry. He started his career as a boat builder for Camper & Nicholsons before joining the production team that manufactured the rigs for the world’s largest sailing yacht ‘A’. His next move was into professional yacht racing campaigns. This has included working for the Velux 5 Oceans; being the lead painter for Vestas 11th Hour Racing during their 2017/2018 Volvo Ocean Race campaign; and as a member of Land Rover BAR’s shore team during their 35th America’s Cup campaign.

    Aston’s role at INEOS TEAM UK includes the finishing of all the race boat foils. In his spare time he restores collectable old Ford cars, enjoys long walks with his dog buddy, and hitting the gym.

  • 5307

    Ben Stirrup (GBR)

    Boat Builder
    GBR
    Ben Stirrup
    Boat Builder

    Ben has 17 years experience in the marine industry as a boat builder. He joins the team from Magma Structures where he has spent three years building carbon fibre super yacht masts and various composite components for our test boats. His role with the team is to build and maintain our test boats, race boat and wings - this will be his second America's Cup campaign. His passion for sailing began at the age of six, cruising and club racing on the Solent with his parents. He has also competed in a number of Flying Dutchman dinghy championships in the UK and Europe.

    Ben is a keen motorcyclist and enjoys cycling and playing golf in his spare time. 

  • 5324
    GBR
    Chris Noble
    Rigger

    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, winning four consecutive RC44 Championships. In 2015, he secured the course record for the 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.

  • 5394
    IRL
    Clifford Nicholson
    Boat Builder

    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.

  • 4459

    Danny Leech (GBR)

    Sail Maker
    GBR
    Danny Leech
    Sail Maker

    Danny is from Huddersfield, Yorkshire and joins INEOS TEAM UK as a Sailmaker. The 36th America’s Cup is his first Cup campaign.

    Prior to joining the team Danny spent two years at Sailtech in Falmouth, Cornwall and six years at North Sails, Gosport. Outside of the team he enjoys sailing, previously competing in keelboats, dingies and the fast 40+ class and has taken part in both the Fastnet and the Arc Atlantic crossing in 2017. His hobbies include camping, spending time outdoors and has a keen interest in cars.

  • 5475

    Graham Goff (GBR)

    Crane / Chase Boat Driver
    GBR
    Graham Goff
    Crane / Chase Boat Driver

    Born and raised in Bognor Regis, Graham learned to sail at the local yacht club. After training as a sailmaker, Graham ran his own company, Technique Sails, specialising in multihull sails. During this period he won two Multihull National Championships and took line honours three times in the Round the Island Race. Graham was on the crew of  Pete Goss’s ill-fated Team Phillips catamaran, for which he designed and built the sails. Graham Goff joins the team as Crane Manager from his previous job as Wing and Platform Logistics Manager at the 34th America's Cup.

    In Graham’s spare time he enjoys flying (as a qualified pilot), multihull racing and reading.

  • 4459

    Harry Fairbrother (GBR)

    Systems Hydraulics
    GBR
    Harry Fairbrother
    Systems Hydraulics

    Harry joins INEOS TEAM UK as a Senior Hydraulics Technician. Prior to joining the team, he worked in Formula One for Williams Martini Racing, Lotus F1 and Caterham F1. He started his F1 career as a model maker before moving into composites.

    His experience also includes six years working in touring cars and WRC as a number two mechanic. Before his career in motorsport, he was a full-time professional snowboarder.  

    His hobbies still include snowboarding along with drumming, going to the gym and building upcycled furniture.

  • 5392
    GBR
    Helen King
    Logistics

    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.

  • 5325

    Ian Lovering (GBR)

    Systems Engineer
    GBR
    Ian Lovering
    Systems Engineer

    Ian 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 INEOS TEAM UK.

    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.

  • 5355

    Ian McCabe (GBR)

    Boat Builder
    GBR
    Ian McCabe
    Boat Builder

    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.

  • 5391

    Ian Pattison (GBR)

    Sail Loft Production Manager
    GBR
    Ian Pattison
    Sail Loft Production Manager

    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. 

  • 5410

    Jake Bishop (GBR)

    Chase Boat Driver
    GBR
    Jake Bishop
    Chase Boat Driver

    Jake was born and grew up in Cornwall, attending Wadebridge Comprehensive School. Jake worked for Rock Marine for six years having finished school as well as being a helm of RNLI Rock Inshore D Class on the busy Camel Estuary.

    This is Jake's second America's Cup campaign, he was part of the British Challenge for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda.  

  • 4459

    Josh Telford (NZL)

    Boat Builder
    NZL
    Josh Telford
    Boat Builder

    Josh is originally from New Zealand and has lived in the UK for the past four years, he joins the INEOS TEAM UK shore team as a boat builder.


    His interests and skills are set around high performance race yachts with a boat building background of 16 years, during this time he has been involved in a number of race boat build projects including three IMOCA 60s and a Volvo 70 build for Telefónica Black for the 2011/12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.  
     
    Previous Cup experience includes a project with Alinghi during their campaign for the 33rd America’s Cup followed by working for New Zealand firm, Core Builders Composites, building the test and race boats for ORACLE TEAM USA for their 34th America’s Cup campaign.
     
    Outside of the marine industry he has worked as a mountain bike guide in New Zealand, where he met his Scottish Girlfriend. He moved to the UK in 2014 and started working for the NHS in Edinburgh for over a year as a prosthetic technician making prosthetics. 
     
    Josh's hobbies include mountain biking, trail running and the occasional rock climb.

  • 5317

    Kate Ward (GBR)

    Logistics Support
    GBR
    Kate Ward
    Logistics Support

    Originally from Newbury in Berkshire, Kate now lives in Southampton after graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2013. Kate joined the team in 2015 during the 35th America's Cup, initially as Office Manager, and then moving into the Events Team. Kate is now part of the Logistics Team, primarily taking care of the team's movements to and from regattas, as well as providing operational support. Kate was once a competent dinghy sailor, but has recently retired after sinking a Hobie off the coast of Quinta do Lago in 2016.

    When not at the base, Kate enjoys going to the gym, and spending time with her two cats, Kevin and Rupert. 

  • 5496

    Kevin White (GBR)

    Boat Builder
    GBR
    Kevin White
    Boat Builder

    Kevin was born and grew up in Truro, Cornwall. He has 20 years of experience in advanced composite materials building high performance and bespoke surfboards for artists such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Damian Hurst and Paul McCartney.

    In 2005, he turned his attention to unique carbon structures working on a carbon fibre house in the mountains of Switzerland. After that, Kevin began on custom yacht builds working across Europe on the development of the Quant 30 Lake Racers and GC32’s. A keen sailor, Kevin has double-handly crossed the Bay of Biscay in an open 30ft racing trimaran and enjoys surfing in his free time.

    The 36th America’s Cup will be Kevin’s second Cup, he supported the British Challenger as a Boat Builder and Shore Support for the team’s 35th America’s Cup campaign in Bermuda in 2017.

  • 5356

    Lloyd Woodhouse (GBR)

    Electronics and Instrumentation
    GBR
    Lloyd Woodhouse
    Electronics and Instrumentation

    Isle of Wight born Lloyd joined the team the as Electronics and Instrumentation apprentice in 2015, at the age of 21. He completed a three and a half year apprenticeship with the team whilst studying Marine Electrical Engineering at the Isle of Wight College. The AC36 will be his second America’s Cup campaign, following on from Land Rover BAR’s 35th America’s Cup campaign in 2017. 

    In his spare time he enjoys a range of outdoor sports, such as; trail running, paddle boarding, cycling, skiing and going to the gym.

     

  • 5409

    Mark Cartwright (GBR)

    Electronics and Instrumentation Team Leader
    GBR
    Mark Cartwright
    Electronics and Instrumentation Team Leader

    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. 

  • 5351

    Mark Rogers (GBR)

    Facilities Manager
    GBR
    Mark Rogers
    Facilities 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.

  • 5293

    Natalie Haines (GBR)

    Operations Support and Chase Boat Driver
    GBR
    Natalie Haines
    Operations Support and Chase Boat Driver

    London-born Natalie is a member of the INEOS TEAM UK shore team. Her role includes Logistics, Operations Support and Chase Boat Driver and the AC36 will be her second America’s Cup campaign, previously she was a part of Land Rover BAR’s AC35 campaign in Bermuda in 2017. 

    Natalie started sailing at the age of 11 in Seaview on the Isle of Wight. She went on to complete her Dinghy Instructor, Powerboat Instructor and Yacht Master courses before graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in Sports Science, and then moving to work in London. After deciding that life in the big city was not for her, Natalie realised her real love was sailing, and changed track to spend two years as boat captain on a Swan 45.

    Since the last Cup Natalie has been working across a number of different projects including supporting some of the Fast 40 teams in their 2018 racing programme alongside working across a number of sailing projects at Alpha Plus UK in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.  

    In her spare time, Natalie enjoys skiing, water skiing, windsurfing and mountain biking.

  • 5493

    Nigel Rosewall (GBR)

    Winch & Drivetrain
    GBR
    Nigel Rosewall
    Winch & Drivetrain

    Nigel grew up in Cornwall and currently resides in Sweden. He joins the INEOS Team UK Design Team to oversee the design and development of the Drivetrain for the AC75. 

    He studied Computer Aided Engineering at Bournemouth University and over 20 years working in the Marine industry. Working for both Lewmar and Harken, he has been involved in every America’s Cup since 2003 and every Volvo Ocean Race since 2001. For the 2005 – 2006 edition, he fitted out three Volvo Open 70 winch systems and serviced them at every stopover. 

    Most recently, Nigel was part of Artemis Racing for their AC34 and AC35 campaigns in San Francisco and Bermuda. When he can, he enjoys IRC and PHRF racing in the Solent and Narragansett Bay, other hobbies include motorcycling, skiing, fishing and helping his wife run a horse-riding school in Sweden.

     

  • 5298

    Peter Cowell (GBR)

    Electronics and Instrumentation
    GBR
    Peter Cowell
    Electronics and Instrumentation

    Peter has been a keen sailor since he was seven years old, when he starting sailing dinghies on a reservoir in his home county of Shropshire. He progressed through the RYA Laser youth squad and went on to sail with the Bear of Britain and RYA Keel Boat Academies. 

    Peter studied Yacht Production and Surveying at Southampton Solent University, where he also led the university sailing team to win the Student Yachting World Championship. After university he joined the product management team at B&G developing the H5000 Instrument system.

    He then moved to Osprey Technical for a more hands on role; and was involved in the design and installation of instrumentation systems on various grand prix and superyacht projects. His work included Alex Thomson Racing’s Hugo Boss for the 2016 edition of the Vendee Globe and projects for the J-Class and Wally yachts. He also provided regatta support for the RC44 fleet and Oman Sail’s GC32 race team at key events on their racing calendar, which included maintenance, upgrades and calibration.

    INEOS TEAM UK will be Peter’s first Americas Cup campaign and he is tasked with supporting the electrical systems during testing and racing.

  • 5329

    Richy O'Farrell (GBR)

    Shore Team Manager
    GBR
    Richy O'Farrell
    Shore Team Manager

    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.

  • 4459
    GBR
    Sam Bidwell
    Rigger

    Sam was born in Bristol and at the age of 13 he assisted in the re-fit of his father’s sail boat in Bristol Harbour which eventually resulted in a passage from Bristol to Ibiza. He then proceeded to chase a career in professional yachting. 

    Having obtained all the necessary qualifications he began working on a selection of superyachts in and around the Mediterranean and the Carribbean. After four years of yachting he then turned his attention to rigging and race performance in Palma de Mallorca. For six years Sam has been working for a small prestigious rigging company in Palma removing some of the worlds largest rigs and spending most of his time up a mast and servicing hydraulic furling systems. Sam stepped all three masts of Sailing Yacht A - the World's Largest Sail yacht. - and has been involved with the annual servicing of the boom and sea trails since the project began. 

    He has also worked on masts from various boats and a number of J-classes. In his spare time he enjoys playing rugby, tennis and all water sports. The AC36 is Sam’s first America’s Cup campaign and he joins the team as a Rigger. 

Production / Manufacturing

  • 5310

    Michel Marie (FRA)

    Manufacturing Manager
    FRA
    Michel Marie
    Manufacturing 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)

  • 5420

    Alan Boot (GBR)

    Naval Architect
    GBR
    Alan Boot
    Naval 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.

  • 5326
    GBR
    Kevin Lashly
    Machinist

    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.

  • 5284

    Mike Hilder (GBR)

    Technical Buyer
    GBR
    Mike Hilder
    Technical Buyer

    Mike joins INEOS TEAM UK from the motorsport industry to support the Production and Manufacturing department as a Technical Buyer. He brings to the team over 40 years experience as a Motorsport Buyer, working with many classes from Formula Ford to Formula 1.  He spent 23 years working in Formula 1, with race teams Benetton and Renault F1 and for a short period worked on projects with Onyx and Arrows Grand Prix International. 

    He also spent nine years in Production Car Racing at Ralt, Tiga and Anson Cars and almost seven years at Williams Advanced Engineering, working across various projects such as the Jaguar Hybrid super car CX75, Jaguar Formula E team, Porsche LMP1 aero program and hydraulics and the new Electric Brompton bike.

    He continues to follow motorsport and in his spare time enjoys maintaining and sailing his Westerly Centaur and preparing and driving his Lotus Elan.

  • 5289

    Nic Wellspring (GBR)

    Engineering Technician / Fabricator / Machinist
    GBR
    Nic Wellspring
    Engineering Technician / Fabricator / Machinist

    Nic was born in Brixham, Devon and since his welding apprenticeship in Devonport Royal Dockyard has been involved in the marine industry for over 30 years. Nic’s projects have included total spar package fabrication for both the BT Global Challenge and the recent Clipper Round the World yacht races and working with various superyachts fabricating parts, sail set up and sea trials including the Perini Navi, Perseus III and Sailing Yacht A.

    Nic is also a keen sailor, having started sailing on a J24 with his Uncle, he has gone on to successfully compete in a number of keelboat races including IRC Nationals, Cork Week, Melges 24 and a TP52 Fastnet campaign. In his spare time Nic enjoys 10k running and cycling.

    This will be Nic’s second America’s Cup having worked as an Engineering Technician for Oracle Team USA in the AC35. 

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    Renato Conde (POR)

    Manufacturing Team
    POR
    Renato Conde
    Manufacturing Team

    Renato Conde is Portuguese. Besides being a world-class sailor, Renato also has 15 years of boat building skills and high-level expertise in technical support specially in racing yachts. During his career he has worked across a number of different roles on high performance circuits and campaigns including the Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, TP52 and Extreme Sailing Series.

    He was a Boat Builder with Soft Bank Team Japan for their 35th America’s Cup campaign in Bermuda, a Rigger & Composites for MAPFRE during their 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race campaign and selected as an ‘under 30’ sailor to join Spanish entry, Telefonica Black, for the 2011/12 edition. His sailing background also includes a pre-Olympic campaign in the 49er and sailed in the Laser class, as Boat Captain and Bowman for SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Main Trimmer on the TP52 and RC44 circuits.  

    He joins INEOS TEAM UK to support the manufacturing team and the AC36 will be his second Cup campaign. Outside of the team Renato enjoys spending time with his family - on a boat when possible - and hobbies include sailing, kite surfing and kayaking.

  • 4459

    Steve Hains (GBR)

    Composite Lead Hand
    GBR
    Steve Hains
    Composite Lead Hand

    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.

  • 5318

    Tim Carter (GBR)

    Production Executive
    GBR
    Tim Carter
    Production Executive

    Tim is originally from Ipswich, Suffolk, but he studied at the University of Portsmouth. He has a sailing background representing Great Britain in various classes as a member of the British Sailing Team. In his spare time Tim still sails a lot and participates in a variety of other sports. He is the only person to grind continuously for 24 hours, in aid of Sports Relief. 

Support

  • 5309
    GBR
    Matt Robinson
    CFO

    Matt joins the team as CFO. He comes from a background of Engineering & Construction and Project Finance, helping Finance teams to understand and interact with everyone in the organisation to provide a first-class finance service. He has graduated from Manchester University with a degree in International Management with French. In his spare time, Matt enjoys training for triathlons and doing charity work.

  • 5350

    Charlotte Kootstra (NED/GBR)

    Commercial Manager & Team Principal Support
    NED/GBR
    Charlotte Kootstra
    Commercial Manager & Team Principal Support

    Charlotte was born in Etten-Leur, Netherlands and now resides in the UK. She studied International Relations at Bristol University. Charlotte has been involved in many teams before such as TeamOrigin for the America's Cup, Brunel and ABN AMRO in the Volvo Ocean Race and was in the team who delivered the Portsmouth America's Cup World Series regattas. 

  • 5295

    Chloe Evans (GBR)

    Finance Apprentice
    GBR
    Chloe Evans
    Finance Apprentice

    At 16 Finance Apprentice Chloe is the youngest member of INEOS TEAM UK. During her time with the team she is gaining experience by supporting the Finance and Accounts team.

    Chloe studied at Portsmouth’s Copnor Primary School followed by Admiral Lord Nelson School and this summer sat her eight GCSE’s. She achieved an A* in Maths, double A in Science, A in English and Psychology as well as B grades in History, French, Further Maths and Food Technology.

    Alongside her apprenticeship with the team Chloe also secured a place with Kaplan College where she is working towards her AAT qualification. In the future she hopes to become an Accountant or Educational Psychologist.

    Outside of work Chloe enjoys being active outdoors and hopes to travel.

  • 5321

    Dan Holt (GBR)

    Finance Manager
    GBR
    Dan Holt
    Finance Manager

    Dan was born in Southampton and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southampton. Dan is now Finance Manager for the team responsible for managing the day-to-day financial operations of the business. He has 10 years audit and accounting experience in a Practice environment dealing with a large variety of different businesses. Dan spends his spare time trying to keep up with his two young children. 

  • 5349
    GBR
    Hazel South
    Accounts

    Hazel was born in Staffordshire, UK and graded from Bournemouth University with a degree in Business Studies. She joined the accounts team for the 35th America's Cup and is now responsible for generating payments of invoices, expenses and banking for the team. She previously worked for IBM for twenty years. In her spare time Hazel enjoys yoga, pilates, swimming and walking her new puppy.

  • 4459
    GBR
    Jemma Stapleton
    Receptionist

    Jemma grew upon the Isle of Wight has recently returned to the south coast after spending over 12 years away as a Stewardess on Super yachts. She joins the team as Receptionist. 

    During her career she cruised over 35,000 nautical miles and was involved in racing programmes with the J Class Yacht, Ranger and the TP52 Class. During a break from the yachting world, Jemma worked for OC Sport on the Extreme Sailing Series; organising core team logistics for the circuit alongside managing their Event and Hospitality programme. Prior to joining INEOS TEAM UK, she worked as a Front of House Restaurant Manager and worked on improving her wine education certification.   

    During her career within the sailing industry, she has completed four Trans-Atlantic crossings and crossed the Equator. Her hobbies include keeping fit on or off the water, reading, continuing to improve her wine education and maintenance on her very needy Mark 1 VW Golf!

     

  • 5322

    Joanna Despard (GBR)

    Human Resources Manager
    GBR
    Joanna Despard
    Human Resources Manager

    A resident of Cowes, Joanna has been involved in Human Resources sector for the last 20 years.  Her early career was spent in London working within the investment banking arena before moving into public sector recruitment.  For the last 10 years she has worked within the marine industry for a number of different companies setting up their HR functions. Joanna was also part of the team for the 35th America's Cup campaign.

  • 4459

    Juliana Sahad (ARG/ NZL)

    Team Relocations
    ARG/ NZL
    Juliana Sahad
    Team Relocations
  • 5320

    Liam Lavers (GBR)

    IT Engineer
    GBR
    Liam Lavers
    IT Engineer

    Currently living on the Isle of Wight, Liam joins the team as an IT Engineer. Liam previously worked for OC Sport on the Extreme Sailing Series and DongFeng Race Team, implementing and maintaining network infrastructure at remote event sites. Liam worked for the team in the 35th America's Cup. In his spare time, Liam enjoys running and cycling.

  • 5390

    Luciana Corral (ARG)

    PA to Ben Ainslie & Grant Simmer
    ARG
    Luciana Corral
    PA to Ben Ainslie & Grant Simmer

    Born in Argentina, Luciana has been involved in five consecutive America’s Cup campaigns since the 32nd Cup working on a variety of roles from logistics to marketing to administration. Primarily she has been PA to various Management Groups. Luciana joins the team as PA to Ben Ainslie and Grant Simmer. Luciana is currently living in Auckland, New Zealand where the 36th America’s Cup will take place.

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    Marine Cerbelle
    Head Chef

    Marine joins INEOS TEAM UK as the inhouse Head Chef, planning and providing nutritional meals to fuel the whole team.

    Prior to joining INEOS TEAM UK, Marine was the in-team Head Chef for High Performance race teams, DongFeng Race Team and Skipper Macif. She travelled the world with DongFeng Race Team as they trained and raced in 12 different destinations, preparing cuisine for the sailing and shore team and their families, in 12 different kitchens.

    Marines background is original engineering; from 2004 – 2009 Marine was a R&D engineer student in the cosmetic industry (EBI Engineer Industrial Biology School - France). In 2010, she moved to live in Hong-Kong for eight months as a marketing assistant and worked for The Different Company for L’Oreal or Chanel. Back in France, she worked as a cosmetics sales engineer.

    In 2012, she changed careers to focus on her passion, creating "en une Bouchée" catering company, specialising in Finger Food. Her entrepreneurial experience combined to her roles in restaurants and high-performance sailing team projects allowed Marine to make her passion a real job.

    When she’s not working Marine likes travelling and discovering new recipes and food cultures from around the world.

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    Mel Vanstone
    Accounts

    AAT qualified, Mel joins the Accounts team having previously worked for IBM for 13 years doing internal audits, immigration compliance and accounts. Mel is currently studying for a BSc Honors in Criminology and Psychological Studies with the Open University - she has so far completed three out of six years. In her spare time, Mel enjoys coaching her sons junior Rugby team, baking and going out with friends.

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    Peter Jones (GBR)

    Head of IT
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    Peter Jones
    Head of IT

    Peter began sailing in Hong Kong during the 70’s before returning to University in the UK. A career in the marine trade in parallel to Admirals Cup, One Ton and Farr 40 successes eventually led to a sabbatical with Stewart Grand Prix before returning to the South Coast in the 90’s to establish an IT company specialising in the support of marine trade companies and sailing projects from Olympic to Volvo and the America’s Cup. Peter worked for the team during the 35th America's Cup.

Commercial

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    Jo Grindley
    CMO / CCO

    Jo is the CMO/CCO for Britain's America's Cup team. Jo has worked alongside Sir Ben Ainslie for 17 years securing all his commercial funding through three Olympic campaigns and in 2011 the pair set the 
strategy of setting up a British America’s Cup team, to challenge for and win the trophy for Britain.
     
    A mother of two teenage daughters who lives in Gurnard on the Isle of Wight, keen recreational cyclist and runner. In 2018 Jo ran the London Marathon for Heads Together, having previously cycled from London to Paris and rowed the English Channel for charity.
     
    Jo started her working life at Lloyds Bank International, but her love of sailing eventually pulled her from the City to compete on the International Match Racing Circuit for four years with double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson. The team were ranked number one in the world for over 12 months.
     
    Whilst competing on the sailing circuit, Jo freelanced as a sailing writer and TV news producer. These tools along with her marketing background proved invaluable when she started the sports marketing agency, Into the Blue in 2005.

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    Dan Wilkinson (GBR)

    Communication & Digital Manager
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    Dan Wilkinson
    Communication & Digital Manager

    Dan joined the team as Communications Manager for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. Dan has been involved in sports marketing and communications for over ten years. Previously he headed up the communications strategy for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event Portsmouth 2015/16. In his spare time, Dan is a keen boxer and long suffering supporter of Arsenal FC.

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    Harry Kenney-Herbert (GBR)

    Multimedia Producer
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    Harry Kenney-Herbert
    Multimedia Producer

    Harry's career was born in the extreme sports industry before moving into the marine sector. He started in photography, before expanding his multi-media skill set to include video production, graphic design, animation, illustration and photo manipulation.

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    Sarah Alexander (GBR)

    Communications and Partnerships Officer
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    Sarah Alexander
    Communications and Partnerships Officer

    Sarah Alexander is the Partnerships and Communications Officer for INEOS TEAM UK. She began her career in public relations in the fast-paced London fashion industry, working with a number of luxury and independent brands assisting with brand direction, marketing and promotional campaigns. She moved back to the south coast in 2010 joining Sailing Marketing, PR and Event agency 'Into the Blue' working with agency client, Volvo Car UK, across a sponsorship portfolio that profiled a ‘grassroots to glory’ philosophy, ranging from youth development to Britain’s top sailors at the pinnacle of the sport.