Sailing Team / Control Systems & Instrumentation Team LeaderNZLAndrew McLeanSailing Team / Control Systems & Instrumentation Team Leader
New Zealander, Andrew ‘Animal’ McLean is an experienced inshore and offshore racer. He has campaigned three 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 Land Rover BAR teammates, Jono Macbeth and Ben Ainslie. Andy also plays a vital role in the Land Rover BAR team as Team Leader of Systems Engineering.
• 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
Systems Engineering TeamGBRPeter ArkellSystems Engineering Team
Peter joins the Shore Team as Senior Hydraulics Technician, helping the team to build and maintain all the hydraulic systems on-board. This is his first time working on boats, having spent 17 years in the motorsports industry working in the Hydraulics department for Formula 1. In Peter’s spare time, he enjoys diving and is a PADI certified ‘Advanced Open Water’ and Nitrox certified diver.
Concept TeamARG-GERRodrigo AzcuetaConcept Team
Rodrigo Azcueta was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and studied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in Buenos Aires and Hamburg. After his graduation in 1996 he continued working at the University of Hamburg on viscous free-surface flows and ship motions, for which he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Naval Engineering in 2001. He then worked as a senior research engineer at MTG Marinetechnik GmbH in Hamburg, working on projects for the German Ministry of Defence until the end of 2003.
Rodrigo joined BMW Oracle Racing as head of hydrodynamic CFD for the 32nd America’s Cup Challenger, and remained there until 2007. In 2007 he founded Cape Horn Engineering, a CFD consultancy and joint-venture with the well-known Argentinean designer Juan Koujoumdjian. Together they have won three consecutive Volvo Ocean Race Campaigns for ABN Amro, Ericsson and Groupama. Rodrigo was Head of CFD at Team Origin (33rd America’s Cup) and at Artemis Racing (34th America’s Cup) until January 2013. Both owner and Managing Director of Cape Horn Engineering, Rodrigo led a team of eight full time engineers and CFD specialists for Artemis. In February 2013, Rodrigo ended his joint-venture with Juan K, and as owner of Cape-Horn-Engineering Ltd. he continues to work on high-performance yacht projects.
Systems Development EngineerGBRWill BakewellSystems Development Engineer
Will graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was previously responsible for systems simulation, performance (simulation and real world), ride and handling of high performance road cars at McLaren Automotive. Will joins Land Rover BAR as a systems simulation engineer, supporting the team with simulation and analysis of the boat’s control systems. He plays rugby and enjoys all sports
Software DeveloperGBRAndy BrysonSoftware Developer
From Winchester, Andy graduated from Loughborough Univeristy with a degree in Computer Science. Andy is responsible for programming tactical aids and some of the onboard data calculations. He has eight years experience as a software engineer in the marine electronics industry working with B&G, who make instruments for most race boats (including Volvo Ocean Race). As a member of West Kirby Sailing Club, Andy is very into his sailing, with time on the British Youth Team competing in international events in the Laser, RS800 and 49er classes. He also won the Youth Nationals in match racing and subsequently sailed on the professional tour. In his spare time, Andy continues to enjoy sailing as well as cycling and playing the guitar.
TIG CoordinatorGBRMark ChisnellTIG 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.
Electronics and Instrumentations Team LeaderGBRMark CartwrightElectronics and Instrumentations Team Leader
Mark Cartwright began sailing young, in dinghies like the Enterprise and the International 14. It was the latter that persuaded him after a gap year competing in the class 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 and installing systems. Since then he has combined working on projects from superyachts to world class race boats with navigating.
Mark has also worked on projects such as TP52 (Gladiator, Rán, Team Origin, Oracle TP52 and Patches), Mini Maxis (Ran, Alegre, Jethou, Robertissima, Bella Mente), J Class yachts (Velsheda and Lionheart), Volvo Ocean Race campaigns along with Hamilton, Inoui and Royal Huisman.
In his spare time Cartes likes to spend time with his family, chasing his dog around Norfolk, cycling and paddle boarding.
Design Team LeaderFRAPhilibert ChenaisDesign Team Leader
Philibert is a member of the Design Team specialising in 2D drafting and 3D modelling for the wing sail. Originally from La Rochelle, France, Philibert moved to Lorient to work on sailing projects. He previously worked for Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost (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. Philibert also has previous America’s Cup experience as a boat builder for Alinghi’s successful 2007 campaign. Away from sailing Philibert has two children who are twins.
Software DeveloperGBRTom CheneySoftware Developer
Born in Milton Keynes, Tom graduated from Portsmouth University 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.
Design TeamDamien CharveriatDesign Team
Damien has graduated twice, with a Masters in Mathematics from Universite de Montreal in Canada and a Masters in Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique in France. He has spent all his career in Finance working as Portfolio Manager in various hedge funds in London and New York. This will be Damien’s first America’s 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.
Board Systems DesignerRSASimon EatwellBoard Systems Designer
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. When he is not sitting at his desk, he can be found windsurfing, sailing, cycling, snowboarding and occasionally playing golf.
Technical DirectorGBRRichard HopkirkTechnical Director
Richard was born in Leeds, UK. He studied mechanical engineering at Cambridge University where he achieved a first-class degree, before gaining a Herchel-Smith Scholarship to study for and achieve his Masters in Engineering Science at Harvard University. Whilst at university, Richard took a gap-year commission with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, becoming Platoon Commander in the Territorial Army for a further six years. After completing his studies, he joined McLaren Racing as a Powertrain Simulation and Development Engineer, before becoming Lewis Hamilton’s Race Team Tactician. In this role, Richard was the main driver contact via radio during races and responsible for tactical execution of all track activity. He left Formula 1 to became Hybrid Function Group Manager at McLaren, taking the P1 Hybrid engineering program from initial ideas to worldwide consumer use.
Following his time with McLaren, Richard had a brief career sabbatical supporting the Great Pacific Race and touring Hawaii. He then became a Project Leader at the newly formed Red Bull Advanced Technology group, leading the relationship with our team, before leaving to join Land Rover BAR full-time.
Design TeamFRAAntoine GuillouDesign Team
Antoine graduated from ENSTA Betagne University in France with a masters in Marine Engineering. Since leaving university, Antoine has worked in Michel Desjoyeaux’s design office, focusing on the design and building of prototypic wingsails for the F18 and C-Class catamarans. In 2013, he worked with Benjamin Muyl our Chief Designer, in charge of Meta, a boat behaviour prediction framework. In addition to this, Antoine has a vast sailing background, claiming 3 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 joins the Analysis and Systems at Land Rover BAR.
Structural Engineering Team LeaderRSADavid JonsonStructural Engineering Team Leader
Born in Empangeni in South Africa, David is a mechanical engineer specialising in the design and analysis of composite structures. David qualified as a mechanical engineer in 1994, completed a Masters degree in 1997 and a PhD in 2002 at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. David has spent most of his career in the academic sector with a primary focus on research. He has also consulted as a practicing engineer to companies and institutions in the defence and industrial sectors. David was part of the South African Shosholoza design team that campaigned for the 32nd America’s Cup in 2007. He enjoys sailing and mountain biking in his spare time.
Manufacturing ManagerFRAMichel MarieManufacturing Manager
Michel Marie was born in France and is married to a New Zealander. He graduated from the University of Caen in Physics and Measurements and studied Construction Technologies at the University of Nantes. He twice raced the Mini-Transat on boats he designed and built himself. He subsequently competed in the Whitbread Round the World Race as a bowman aboard Rucanor Sport before moving into boat-building, initially with Marten Marine in New Zealand. His first involvement with the America’s Cup was with the construction and shore team of Le Défi Français in 1992. He has since competed in five Cups, most recently holding senior management positions with Alinghi (2000 – 2007) and BMW Oracle Racing (2007 – 2010) for three America’s Cup victories. He has also worked on the construction and project management for yachts as diverse as Mari Cha III (carbon fibre cruiser), RAN 5 (72’ Mini Maxi), Merit Cup (Whitbread 60) and Merit / La Poste (Maxi IOR Whitbread)
Systems EngineerGBRIan LoveringSystems Engineer
Ian Lovering began a successful career in the marine industry with a win at the 420 World Championships with John Merricks in 1994. Two years later, Lovering was working as shore staff for the British Sailing Team at the Atlanta Olympics, when Ben Ainslie and John Merricks won silver medals. Ian went on to attend the 2000 and 2004 Olympics in the same role.
He worked with the GBR Challenge in Auckland in 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 and Team Germany.
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.
Performance EngineerGERJohannes MausolfPerformance Engineer
Born in Hannover in Germany, Johannes switched tracks from a career in Superyacht construction to Naval Architecture and Maritime Technology, in which he graduated with an MEng from the University of Applied Science at Kiel. During his time in Kiel, Johannes wrote a paper on the photogrammetric investigation of downwind sails, both in the wind tunnel and full size, and the paper was presented by a colleague on his behalf at the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium. He also tested America’s Cup wingsails for the America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) design package for the 34th 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.
Design EngineerGBRMark McCaffertyDesign Engineer
Mark was introduced to sailing at the age of four, and has subsequently sailed most types of boat, but currently owns a foiling International Moth. 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. This is his third America’s Cup, the first being with Mascalzone Latino during in the 32nd Cup, and then BMW Oracle Racing in the 33rd 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 now lives in Lymington, and spends his spare time windsurfing, kitesurfing and cycling.
Chief DesignerFRABenjamin MuylChief Designer
Benjamin Muyl began designing right after completing the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers in 1998. He joined the hugely successful VPLP Yacht Design, specialists in offshore racing multihulls, and worked on many of their cutting-edge projects. He moved into the America’s Cup arena in 2005 when he joined the French Areva Challenge, remaining there until he left to start Benjamin Muyl Design (BMD) in August 2007.
Since then, Benjamin has subsequently worked on BMW Oracle Racing’s winning trimaran for the 33rd America’s Cup, and then with the narrowly-defeated Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 in the 34th Cup. He was one of the naval architects for the Groupama International C Class Catamaran team, and remains involved with the Open 60 class of solo long-distance racing boats. In fact, he worked on Macif, winner of the 2012-13 Vendee Globe. He is also an enthusiastic participant in the International C Class Catamaran with his team ‘Challenge France – Flying Frogs’ – and has a sense of humour.
Design EngineerGBROliver PendletonDesign Engineer
Ollie started his career working as a marine engineer. He travelled the world working on various super yachts, prior to studying Yacht and Powercraft design at Southampton Institute. Since leaving university in 2005 he has been involved in the design of various yachts and more recently as a product design engineer, specialising in 3D design and modelling. As well as working as part of the design team, Ollie also looks after the software for the design department. When he’s not running around after his three children he enjoys cycling, running and swimming.
Performance & Data Analysis Team LeaderGBRJames RochePerformance & Data Analysis Team Leader
James Roche was born in Manitoba, Canada, but started his education at Sevenoaks School, Kent. He went on to obtain a BEng (Ship Science) and EngD (Aerodynamics and Race Simulation) at the University of Southampton. Prior to joining BAR 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 is also a keen sailor, his achievements range from dinghy sailing in the British Youth 420 team, to racing yachts in the Commodores’ Cup, Fastnet, and Round Britain and Ireland races. He has won the J97 British Championship. He also has experience sailing foiling boats, having raced in the International Moth. James’ role at Land Rover BAR will focus on supporting the development of simulation and performance prediction tools.
Systems Engineering TeamRSA-GBRAshton SampsonSystems Engineering Team
Ashton was born in Cape Town, South Africa and now has dual nationality, living in the UK. After finishing his studies of Electrical Engineering at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Ashton began a career in telecoms before being signed up to the South African America's Cup sailing team, Shosholoza, for the 32nd America's Cup as midbowman. Over the last few years Ashton has worked as an electronics engineering technician for Diverse Yachts with projects including Vendee Globe Teams and Volvo Ocean Race (Hugo Boss, Gamesa, Delta Lloyd, Abu Dhabi Racing and VOR One Design fleet for 2014/15). Ashton now joins the Land Rover BAR team as an Electrical Technician. In his spare time, Ashton enjoys cycling, reading, running, dinghy sailing and Formula 1.
Design ManagerGBRSimon SchofieldDesign Manager
Like many before him, Simon Schofield started his sailing in Optimists. He continued to compete right through his education, winning many University Match Racing events. He graduated from Southampton with a degree in Ship Science, and joined Ker Yacht Design. On his initial stint with the company he worked on the South African entry to the 32nd America’s Cup. He then spent 18 months working with Juan Kououmdjian, mostly on the yacht Speedboat. During this period they also designed the winning boat in the 2005/06 Volvo Ocean Race. Simon then returned to Ker Yacht Design as a partner, and subsequently joined Land Rover BAR.
Project Manager, Technical Innovation GroupGBRRob TolftsProject Manager, Technical Innovation Group
Rob grew up in Cape Town and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and completed an Open University degree in History. His background lies in Embedded Systems for satellite phones and other wireless devices, medical and consumer device development and taking concepts from lab proof of principal through to factory production floor. Rob also holds patents in pump controls and rotating mechanical fixtures.
Rob joins the team as TIG Project Manager, drawing from the deep expertise of the TIG partners to support the team in developing some of the cutting edge technology used on the boats.
In his spare time, Rob enjoys playing squash, running and going to the theatre.
Steering and Rudder System DesignerFRABenjamin VernieresSteering and Rudder System Designer
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. He will be confined to a computer at Land Rover BAR however, working on 3D modelling and drafting.
Analysis and Simulation TeamMax StarrAnalysis and Simulation Team
Max joins the Design team within the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) group. This role involves carrying out simulations of the boats and their components in virtual wind tunnels, to analyse the aerodynamic and hydrodynamic effects taking place.
Max graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, subsequently working on satellite navigation technologies and aircraft electronic control systems. He then specialised, obtaining a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics. Before joining Land Rover BAR, Max worked for the CFD software company CD-adapco in London, closely supporting a range of clients from a Formula 1 team to large ship builders with many other industries in between.
In his spare time Max enjoys Dinghy sailing, cycling and getting his hands dirty working on his decades old car.
Systems Engineering ApprenticeGBRLloyd WoodhouseSystems Engineering Apprentice
From the Isle of Wight, Lloyd joins the team as our first Shore Team Apprentice specialising in Marine Electrical Engineering. Straight after leaving school, Lloyd completed a ski season in Val D'sere. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, kayaking, going to the gym and long distance running. He has represented the Isle of Wight in football and completed at national levels in athletics.