Shore Team ManagerGBRJames StaggShore Team 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.
Boat Builder / Shore SupportGBRIan BoagBoat Builder / Shore Support
Ian was born in Largs, Scotland and was raised in a family of traditional boat builders. Ian sailed in 420s and 470s, competing at national level and sailing in the British Olympic trials before moving abroad. Ian spent 12 years working in various locations, spending the winters snowboarding in the Alps and the summers running his own sailing and windsurfing school in Sardinia. During the summers he also renovated a 100 year old barn with his wife. This is Ian’s first America’s Cup campaign but he has previously worked on the paint and finish on both Artemis Racing’s AC72 and many Volvo Ocean Race boats.
Naval Architect / Build TeamGBRAlan BootNaval Architect / Build Team
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.
Support Boat Manager / DriverGBR-ESPJames ChapmanSupport Boat Manager / Driver
James was born in Dartford, Kent and started sailing and windsurfing with his family at the age of 10. He moved to Spain when he was 16 and home is near Alicante. He has previous America’s Cup experience through working for the America’s Cup Race Management team at the 2007 America’s Cup in Valencia, and the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco. Between these events, James works as a superyacht engineer, a job that has taken him all over the world.
For Land Rover BAR, James is the Support Boat Manager which entails managing the supply, maintenance and modification of the team’s Support RIBs and their crew, whilst being the skipper of the primary chase boat.
In his spare time James works on his old cars, windsurfing and snowboarding.
Wing Construction ManagerGBRBen DavisWing Construction Manager
Ben grew up in Cornwall and attended Falmouth Marine School. Once finishing there Ben worked on the Mirabella 98m mast project. His experience includes working on RC44s, America’s Cup rigs, Hugo Boss Open 60, TP52s, three Volvo Ocean Race campaigns (winning the 2014/2015 race with Abu Dhabi Racing) and various trimarans. Ben joins the Land Rover BAR team as wing manager.
Shore TeamGBRAshley DavisonShore Team
Ashley joins the Shore Team primarily responsible for steering and hydrofoil bearing systems. Before joining Land Rover BAR, Ash worked at Magma Structures for five years as a senior composite technician, building the rear wing elements for your test boats and some of the world's largest carbon fibre super yacht masts.
A competitve sailor from a young age, Ash has sailed in RS800, B14 and 49er fleets. In his spare time, he enjoys preparing his cars for track days, windsurfing and sailing.
Administrator / Shore SupportGBRNatalie EveleghAdministrator / Shore Support
London-born Natalie is a member of Land Rover BAR’s shore team, and this will be her first America’s Cup. She 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.
In her spare time, Natalie sails a Laser 4000 from Gurnard Sailing Club and enjoys skiing, water skiing, windsurfing and mountain biking.
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.
Build TeamGBRSteve HainsBuild Team
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.
Boat Builder / Shore SupportGBRMatt HaslamBoat Builder / Shore Support
Having studied Marine Sports Technology at the University of Plymouth, Matt works closely with the Systems team providing composite support during the installation of electronic and hydraulic systems. Matt has a vast sailing background, travelling all over the world as a trimmer for the GBR Match Racing Team (ISAF world ranked 19) including the World Match Racing Tour. In addition to this, he has also competed in the UK and Mediterranean race circuits including a number of Middle Sea and Fastnet races, fully crewed as well as double handed. Matt enjoys climbing and surfing in his spare time.
Build TeamGBRBilly HotchkissBuild Team
Billy was born in Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland. Having served his apprenticeship at Bute Slip Dock, Billy worked for a number of boatbuilding businesses before setting up his own company with fellow Land Rover BAR team member Steve Hains. Billy has vast experience having been involved in the construction of top flight racing boats since Intrum Justitia and the 1992-93 Whitbread Round the World Race. He has also worked on the Volvo 60 Assa Abloy, the Open 60 Hugo Boss, C-Class catamarans and Mascalzone Latino in the 2003 America’s Cup.
Build TeamGBRJames HowardBuild Team
Born in Derby, England, James was a member of Artemis Racing during the 34th America’s Cup and was involved in the build of the Telefonica-backed entry for the 2010-2011 Volvo Ocean Race.
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 CaptainRSAJo LeesBoat Captain
Born in Durban, South Africa Jo Lees is one of the boat captain's at Land Rover BAR. Jo has around twenty years’ experience covering a number of roles at sailing teams including race yacht management, boat builder, painter and finisher and sailing crew. With two America’s Cups under his belt (GBR Challenge and Shosholoza Challenge), one Volvo Ocean Race (Team Sanya) and many campaigns from Olympic classes to the Extreme Sailing Series, MOD 70s and Admiral’s Cups, Jo brings a wealth of experience to BAR.
Boat Builder / Shore SupportGBRIan McCabeBoat Builder / Shore Support
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.
Boat Captain / RiggingGBRChris NobleBoat Captain / Rigging
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 BuilderIRLClifford NicholsonBoat Builder
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.
Support Boat Driver / Shore SupportGBRSimon NudingSupport Boat Driver / Shore Support
Born and raised in Lymington, Simon has sailed since a young age. After returning from New Zealand in 2000 Simon found himself working for a RIB charter company and soon set up his own charter company. In the twelve years Simon worked on many projects including towing Volvo 70's and scouting the Olympic sailing venue for bombs! Having followed the America's Cup from a young age, Simon sold his business to a competitor in 2014 and moved to Land Rover BAR where he is a Support Boat Driver. Simon is married and has two young boys. Simon has also been a Skipper at the RNLI Lymington Lifeboat Station for 13 years.
Boat CaptainGBRRichy O’FarrellBoat 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.
Sail Loft Manager / Shore SupportGBRIan PattisonSail Loft Manager / Shore Support
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.
Build TeamESPCristobal PirisBuild Team
Tobal was born in Barcelona and now lives in Santander. Having sailed since the age of eight, Tobal started his boatbuilding career with Marcelino Botin's first design in 1998. Since then he has been involved Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, five TP52s and also did works repairs for "Southern Spars" for the last 6 years. Tobal has also experienced four America’s Cup campaigns with the Spanish Challenge, Luna Rossa and twice with Oracle. In his spare time he still tries to race J80s whenever he gets the opportunity.
Base ManagerAUSDavid PowysBase Manager
Dave is originally from Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia and is Base Manager for Land Rover BAR; his responsibilities include managing the Portsmouth Base, and all the temporary facilities at the various America’s Cup and World Series venues.
Dave has 35 years experience in the yacht industry which includes four previous America’s Cups in various roles from trimmer to support boat manager (1983, 1987, 1988 and 2007), two Whitbread Round the World Races as a sailor (1985-86 & 1989-90) and one Volvo Ocean Race (2005-2006). This vast amount of experience is alongside many other major yachting regattas including Admiral’s Cups and Sydney to Hobart races.
He has also worked as a boat builder, specializing in large composite racing and cruising yachts, working at Pendennis Shipyard, Green Marine, Wally Yachts and Magma Structures and including famous yachts such as Mirabella V and Adela.
In his spare time Dave enjoys cycling.
Boat Builder / Shore SupportGBRKeith SextonBoat Builder / Shore Support
Keith was born in London and has now moved to Hampshire. Keith has over twenty-five years experience of working with carbon fibre and race yachts. This is Keith's sixth America's Cup having worked with Luna Rossa and Alinghi. In between these America's Cup campaigns, Keith has been on the build team for three Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Race teams. Keith joins Land Rover BAR as boat builder, responsible for performing repairs, modifcations and maintance on the boats.
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 - T2, T3 and T4. His role with the team is to build and maintain our test boats, race boat and wings - this will be his first 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.
Boat Builder / Shore SupportGBRKevin WhiteBoat Builder / Shore Support
Kevin was born and grew up in Truro, Cornwall. He has 20 years of experience in advanced composite materials building high performance and bespoke surfboards for artists such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Damian Hurst and Paul McCartney.
In 2005, he turned his attention to unique carbon structures working on a carbon fibre house in the mountains of Switzerland. After that, Kevin began on custom yacht builds working across Europe on the development of the Quant 30 Lake Racers and GC32’s.
A keen sailor, Kevin has double-handly crossed the Bay of Biscay in an open 30ft racing trimaran and enjoys surfing in his free time.