Management

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    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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    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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    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
    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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    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)

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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
    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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    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

Sailing

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    GBR
    Aidan Goggins, BPharm, MSc NutrMed.
    Performance Nutritionist

    Pharmacist and medical nutritionist Aidan Goggins has worked with many of the world's elite athletes, from World Champion fighters David Haye and Conor McGregor to English international rugby and Premiership soccer stars. He is an award winning, Sunday Times and international best bestselling author whose work has now been translated into 15 different languages  

    Ranked as one of the most influential individuals in the UK food industry his nutritional medicine consultations are much sought after for their bespoke, integrated approach to obtaining peak wellness and performance.    

    Aidan will work closely with INEOS TEAM UK Head of Human Performance, Ben Williams, to support the sailing team as Performance Nutritionist. 

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    GBR/NZL
    Andrew McLean
    Trimmer

    PROFILE

    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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    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

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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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    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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    GBR
    Freddie Carr
    Grinder

    PROFILE

    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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    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. 

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    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

     PROFILE

    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)

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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

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    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

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    GBR
    Neil Hunter
    Float

    PROFILE

    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.

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    GBR
    Nick Hutton
    Trimmer

    PROFILE

    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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    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. 

Design

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    Andrew McLean (GBR/NZL)

    Team Leader Systems Engineering
    GBR/NZL
    Andrew McLean
    Team Leader Systems Engineering

    PROFILE

    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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. 

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    Hal Youngren (USA)

    Design Team
    USA
    Hal Youngren
    Design Team
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    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

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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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    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. 

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    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.

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    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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    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.  

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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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    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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    Aston Campion (GBR)

    Boat-builder
    GBR
    Aston Campion
    Boat-builder

    Aston - Portsmouth born and now living in Gosport - 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 key member of Land Rover BAR’s shore team during their 35th America’s Cup campaign. Aston’s role at INEOS TEAM UK gives him responsibilities including 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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    Darren Goodwin (GBR)

    Electronics and Instrumentation
    GBR
    Darren Goodwin
    Electronics and Instrumentation
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    Drew Appleton (GBR)

    Facilities Apprentice
    GBR
    Drew Appleton
    Facilities Apprentice

    Drew, Born in Portsmouth and finished school in 2017, he went on to volunteer for the 1851 trust. Drew grasped the opportunity to take on an Apprenticeship in Facilities Services, Assisting in the general running and maintenance of the Base in Portsmouth. In his spare time, Drew likes to play football and go out mountain biking.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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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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    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.

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    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. 

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    Lloyd Woodhouse (GBR)

    Electronics and Instrumentation Apprentice
    GBR
    Lloyd Woodhouse
    Electronics and Instrumentation Apprentice

    From the Isle of Wight, Lloyd joins the team as our first Shore Team Apprentice specialising in Marine Electrical Engineering. Straight after A-Levels, Lloyd completed a ski season in Val D'Isère. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, paddle boarding, going to the gym and running. He has previously represented the Isle of Wight in football and competed at National Level in athletics.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    Natalie Haines (GBR)

    Logistics, Operations Support and Chase Boat Driver
    GBR
    Natalie Haines
    Logistics, 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.

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    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.

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    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.

Production / Manufacturing

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    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.

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    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.

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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)

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    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.

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    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

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    Holly Bylett (GBR)

    Office Manager
    GBR
    Holly Bylett
    Office Manager

    Holly was born and grew up in Portsmouth. Holly is the team's front of house receptionist and office manager, meeting and greeting visitors with a friendly smile and assisting with general enquiries from the team and members of the public. Before joining the team, Holly spent two years in recruitment, specialising in the commercial and legal sector. In her spare time, Holly enjoys attending music festivals around the UK with her friends and family.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    FRA
    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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    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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    GBR
    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
    GBR
    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.

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    Rob Barker (GBR)

    Commis Chef
    GBR
    Rob Barker
    Commis Chef

    Rob grew up in Portsmouth and after 20 years away traveling the world working within the entertainment industry, he has returned to his home town to pursue one of his other passions in life, the culinary arts. Rob’s background is as an entertainer, working under the stage name, Rob Sugar. He started his career working at one of the UK’s most loved holiday camps before moving on to become Head of Entertainments onboard some of the world's major cruise liners.

    Rob will support the team’s inhouse Head Chef, Marine, preparing and cooking nutritional meals to fuel the whole team.

Commercial

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    Dan Wilkinson (GBR)

    Communication & Digital Manager
    GBR
    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
    GBR
    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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    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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    Sarah Alexander (GBR)

    Communications
    GBR
    Sarah Alexander
    Communications

    Sarah Alexander is the Press Officer for INEOS TEAM UK and manages the team’s PR and media requests. 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.