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Patron – Sir Chay Blyth

Sir Chay Blyth was the first person to sail single-handed non-stop westwards around the world (1971), on a 59-foot boat called British Steel.

This however is only one of his many achievements. Since 1966, when he and John Ridgway rowed across the Atlantic, Chay has been pushing the boundaries again and again in sailing, and in business. He has been awarded the BEM and CBE, and is an inspiration to many.

We are delighted to have Chay represent the race as Patron of the Ocean Globe Race 2023.

Race Organisers

Ocean Frontiers Pty Ltd, a company registered in the Australia, is responsible for the organisation, management and promotion the 2023 Ocean Globe Race. The Globe Yacht Club (sponsored by McIntyre Adventure Ltd) is the host yacht club.

Don McIntyre – Founder & Race Chairman

Don McIntyre is the founder and Race Chairman of the Ocean Globe Race. Don is an experienced circumnavigator and recognised as one of Australia’s greatest explorers.

In 2012 the Australian Geographic Society, recognising his many divers expeditions over the years and his ongoing efforts to promote adventure, presented him with its highest accolade, a ‘Gold’ Medal for a ‘Lifetime of Adventure’. This was only the 12th time it had been presented in the 25 year history of the Society. The inscription on this ultimate ‘Gold’ medal, simply read ‘For a life spent encouraging Adventure and Discovery’.

Passionate about all forms of adventure and inspiring others, this race was born from his desire to recreate the Golden Age of solo sailing.

Don finished 2nd in class in the 1990-91 BOC Challenge solo around the world yacht race. In 2010, he led the successful 4-man Talisker Bounty Boat Challenge to re-enact the Mutiny on the Bounty voyage from Tonga to West Timor in a similar boat and with the same limited supplies available to Captain Bligh 221 years before. In 2021 he raced solo across the Atlantic in the Globe 5.80 Transat in his 5.80m plywood Mini TREKKA in 28 days.

For 23 years, Don has been leading annual expeditions to Antarctica. He moved to Hobart to live in 1999 and was a member of the RYCT for many years. From 2008 until 2020 he spent only a few weeks a year in Australia and lived in the Kingdom of Tonga on the island of Nomuka IKI.

Since 2020, Don lives full-time in Les Sables d’Olonne, France.

Nick Bice – OGR Race Director

Nick hails from South Australia, has done 5 Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, as a boat builder, sailor, shore-manager and ultimately heading the VOR boatyard. He certainly knows how to get a yacht race around the world.

Nick also competes in ironman championships and will bring even more energy to the team.

Sébastien Delasnerie – Media Director and Assistant Race Director

At sea, Seb is a product of the French school: First Class 8, Figaro 1, JOD 35 and Mumm 30 before campaigning IRC yachts in the Arabian Gulf, the Med and the RORC championship in the Channel. On land he graduated in economic and communications, working as a journalist and international relations specialist. A Yachtmaster Offshore, he switched to retro-sailing after the GGR 2018, switching his Archambault A35 to campaign a Bianca Aphrodite 101 short-handed in the Classic, IRC and ORC championships. 

Lutz Kohne – OGR Manager

While finishing his Political Science degree in Frankfurt, Lutz moved aboard his first boat called ‘Little Olive’, a 1977 Contest 34 – without any sailing experience at all! Since then, he has logged nearly 10,000 miles, crossed oceans and would always pick the Channel over the Med. He has worked as Secretary General for a European non-profit, has been involved in various intercultural projects, and spent time in Myanmar, USA and Canada. In 2021, he once again swapped landlubber for liveaboard life and sailed his boat to Les Sables to be part of the GGR/OGR team.

Jane Zhou – Founder, Finance & Admin

‘Jane Jane’ manages all financial affairs of the OGR and GGR, all Facebook Live feeds, assists with race photography and never stops smiling.

She is a qualified charter skipper, whale swim guide, diver and Antarctic Zodiac driver who originally trained as an Air Traffic Controller.

She met Don in 2005 as project manager/Chinese interpreter on a boat building project. From Zhuhai China, she finally married Don during the Hobart stopover of the 2018 GGR and they now live in Les Sables d’ Olonne and keep an apartment in China.

Aïda Valceanu – Public Relations and Major Events

Significant journalism and communication experience, great versatility, dual culture.

Dynamic, autonomous, team player, excellent interpersonal skills.

Rob Havill – Digital Director

Rob Havill

Rob has 20 years’ experience in managing creative and digital design projects. From branding to film production, his skills and interests are wide ranging.

Originally a graduate of engineering, he has captained his own design company since the early days of digital marketing.

Passionate about all things adventure!

Barry Pickthall – OGR Ambassador, Historian and Media Consultant

Barry Pickthall is ‘Mr Whitbread’. The former yachting correspondent for The Times newspaper is one of a handful of journalists to have covered each and every one of the Whitbread Round the World Races. He was in HMS Hornet in Portsmouth to see the fleet set sail in 1973 and count them back the following year.

He has also played the role of shore manager for two entries: Conny van Rietschoten’s winning yacht Flyer in 1981/2 and Eric Tabarly’s Cote d’Or in 1985/6.

Barry has also written five books about the race and his photo library PPL Media Ltd holds the official photo archive tracing the complete history of the event.

Brian Hancock – OGR Commentator

Brian Hancock is one of a select group of sailors with a quarter of a million miles of ocean racing under their belt. In 1981 he took part in his first Whitbread round the world race on board the American boat Alaskan Eagle. Four years later he sailed again on Drum

In 1989 Brian was hired as a sailmaker on Fazisi, the first and last Soviet boat to participate in the race. In the 90s Brian continued to sail single-handed. He owned Great Circle, a carbon stripped Open 50 and qualified from Spain to Bermuda for the 1989 Around Alone. Brian is the author of six books including two memoirs and a volume on sails and their production entitled Maximum Sail Power.

Melissa Payne – Media CEO

Melissa has  25 years of experience in the sporting/event world, from production, technical and commercial project management.

Whether the sporting talent has two legs or four, takes place on land or on water, she has covered it.

Alongside her Vice President hat at IMG, she was also Head of Sailing/Nautical Sports for 15 years, during which time she managed 2 Americas Cups, World Match Racing Tour, Extreme Sailing Series, Volvo Ocean Race, Class One and the H20 series.

Gary Norman – Media Team

I come to this project with 30+ years of broadcasting and media experience gained at the BBC, IMG and BSKYB, where I helped launch Sky Sports. I have worked on almost everything from Olympic Games and Ryder Cups to basketball, darts, Premier League football, equestrian and even fishing. I’ve been in front of the camera as well as behind it and I look forward to bringing all that experience to this project, undoubtedly, one of the highlights of my career to date.

Selim Kemahli – Media Team

I started Case Productions 26 years ago as a small production house in Istanbul, Turkey. We now have offices in London, Dubai, Istanbul and Los Angeles.

Over the last 15 years I have been involved with the Class 1 World Offshore Powerboat Championship, The F1 World Inshore Circuit Championship, The World Jet Ski Championship, The World Kiteboarding Championship and The World Parkour Championship. I have also worked closely on some extreme projects with Red Bull and the Formula 1 Red Bull Racing Team.

Case Productions have worked on major sailing regattas and Olympic windsurf qualifiers as well as the World Surf League – hence we are very familiar with the intricacies and requirements of working with on-water activities.

Sustainability Team

Evelyne Gross

Evelyne has 10 years of international academic and professional experience in project management, management of national and international continuous improvement processes and management of sustainable development and social responsibility processes within the higher education sector.

Fabrice Galia

Fabrice has 20 years of international experience in research, teaching and management of pedagogical projects in Europe (France, UK, Germany, Spain and Italy), in Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay) and in India. Through his international academic network, he has developed several international research projects on innovation.


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