Simon studied at Bristol UWE and has a BA hons degree in Economics and Politics, following which he spent 3 years working in advertising in London for media owners JCDecaux.
Over the past 15 years Simon has worked for some of the most high profile sailing campaigns in the UK. He spent 4 years central to the Mike Golding yacht racing team under the Ecover sponsorship, following which he serviced contracts for Pindar and Hellomoto.
In 2006/7 Simon took on the campaign management role for Sir Robin Knox Johnston in the Velux 5 Oceans Solo round the world yacht race. Sir Robin, with Simon’s support, completed the Velux 5 Oceans becoming the oldest competitor to finish a solo round the world yacht race in his second solo circumnavigation at the age of 68.
Simon then secured the position of skipper of the Open 60 Artemis Ocean Racing 1. He was awarded the RORC class championship for the 2008/9 season as well as being involved as skipper in several high profile media events, namely BBC’s “Three men in more than 1 boat” and “Eighty Days around the world”.
Having been central to the success of high profile sponsored campaigns and having managed yachts for private owners Simon brings to the table a wealth of both practical and commercial experience within the yachting industry.
Jess is a senior account manager with a background in the advertising industry and with extensive experience in the world of international sport events. For six years Jess specialised in client servicing, sponsorship and rights deliveries as sponsorship coordinator and senior client service manager for the Volvo Ocean Race.
Jess has over 15 years experience of having worked for professional sailing campaigns amongst which she spent a period of time with the Hugo Boss sailing team.
Jess brings a wealth of sailing sponsorship knowledge to help current and future partners maximise the value of their investment in the sport of sailing.
Mikey has over 15 years experience in high performance offshore race boats. Mikey has specialist experience of managing and skippering Open 60s. He has worked on the following IMOCA 60 race yachts: Ecover, Gamesa, Aviva, Artemis 1 and Artemis 2.
Breaking the World Record for Round Britain and Ireland in 2014 on Artemis Ocean Racing 2 was a career highlight.
Last year was Mikey’s 3rd season as skipper of Artemis Ocean racing and his focus was to bring his considerable experience to develop British solo ocean racing talent of the future. The biggest achievement of the year was when he together with 3 young sailors broke the Length of Britain World Record with over 21h.