Operations ManagerGBRJames StaggOperations Manager
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.
Support Boat Driver / Shore SupportGBRJake BishopSupport Boat Driver / Shore Support
Jake was born and grew up in Cornwall, attending Wadebridge Comprehensive School. Jake worked for Rock Marine for six years having finished school as well as being a helm of RNLI Rock Inshore D Class on the busy Camel Estuary. Jake joins the Land Rover BAR team as a chase boat driver.
Naval ArchitectGBRAlan BootNaval Architect
Alan studied Marine Technology and Small Craft Technology at the University of Newcastle before completing his Master’s degree in Marine Technology and became a Chartered Naval Architect in 2011.
Alan has been a boat builder with Marten Yachts NZ, worked as a production designer on the Hugo Boss and Artemis Open 60 builds, a design engineer at Green Marine, a naval architect for Farr Yacht Design, and the design and build coordinator for the Bavaria 45 Prototype, before setting up his own design and build consultancy business.
Alan has worked on three Volvo Ocean Race builds, including Ericsson in 2005, Team Russia in 2008 and Telefonica in 2011. These days, sailing is restricted to a couple of races a year as Alan now cycles most weekends and competes in Triathlons during the summer.
Crane Driver / Base SupportGBRGraham GoffCrane Driver / Base Support
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 Land Rover BAR 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.
Boat Builder / Leading HandGBRSteve HainsBoat Builder / Leading Hand
Originally from Wrexham, Wales, Steve is a boatbuilder who is overseeing composite construction for Land Rover BAR. 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.
In Steve’s spare time he is a guitar technician for Western Sands – Billy Hotchkiss and Steve’s sons rock band.
Operations / LogisticsGBRHelen KingOperations / Logistics
Helen grew up in the East End of London, working on the markets with limited access to boats … until her brothers discovered sailing on the River Lea. School trips and friends provided further opportunities and as soon as she could escape school Helen started to travel, spending 10 years 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 then went back to school, graduating from Southampton with a degree in Maritime Environmental Management. She then worked as a Forest Ranger and with the Coastguard Agency, before joining Offshore Challenges (now OC Sport) in 2000 and starting on her current path of managing sailing 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, this will be her first America’s Cup.
Machinest / Shore SupportGBRKevin LashlyMachinest / Shore Support
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.
Boat Builder / OperationsGBRIan McCabeBoat Builder / Operations
Ian ‘Mucky’ McCabe is originally from Margate, Kent 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, based in both Cowes, UK and Auckland, New Zealand and has sailed many dinghies and catamarans in European and National Championships, and 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.
Rigger / OperationsGBRChris NobleRigger / Operations
Originally from Glasgow, Chris started sailing at a young age competing in numerous youth campaigns including the Fastnets and Round Britain and Ireland. Chris has been with Team Aqua since 2009 as their offside trimmer and the last 5 years as Boat Captain also, winning four consecutive RC44 Championships. In 2015, he secured the course record for the 151 mile Cowes – St Malo Yacht Race on-board Leopard 3. In 2009/2010 Chris spent 6 months working for BWM Oracle USA 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.
Boat Builder / OperationsIRLClifford NicholsonBoat Builder / Operations
Clifford was born in Waterford, Ireland and sailed for Ireland. Clifford joins the Land Rover BAR team as a boat builder with previous America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race experience having been on the build team for Prada 31st America’s Cup and Ericsson for the 2005 Volvo Ocean Race. Clifford has been a team leader at Magma Structures building the rigs for The White Pearl, spent six years working with Alex Thompson Racing as a member of the shore crew and has worked on various projects 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.
Boat CaptainGBRShore Team ManagerBoat Captain
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 Solent University, before starting work in boat maintenance and management, maintaining a wide range of high performance racing craft.
Boat Builder / OperationsGBRIan PattisonBoat Builder / Operations
Born in Malta – to a family from Portsmouth, UK, and now living in Portugal – Ian spent his youth sailing around the Solent on his father’s Victory Class boat, and racing various inshore and offshore craft. He attended school at St John’s College in Southsea. At the age of 16, Ian began a four-year sailmaking apprenticeship at Lucas Sails with famous local sailmaker Peter Lucas. At the age of 21, he joined Williams Lancaster Sails, the company was eventually absorbed into first Diamond Sails and later North Sails. Ian then moved to Minden, Nevada to join the North 3DL production unit to help oversee their America’s Cup work in the build up to the event in 2000. He was Loft Manager for Alinghi between 2001-2010, before being Sail Loft Manager for America’s Cup Race Management between 2011-2012 and Luna Rossa in 2012-2015.