VENDEE 2020 VISION 2016
Whitecap conceives and launches the initiative Vendee 2020 Vision. The mission to achieve a British winner of the Vendee Globe 2020, through on the water and commercial training to young and established British offshore sailing talent.
ARTEMIS OCEAN RACING II 2010 – 2016
Whitecap manages the Open 60 for Artemis Investment Management, for a full calendar of Racing and Corporate sailing based from the Solent. In 2014 the boat broke the World Record for 60′ Monohull Round Britain and Ireland.
Whitecap provide support services to the refit project management of Superyacht SY Sojana. Sojana is one of the fastest sailing super yachts in existence built in the UK and refitted in the UK.
In November 2015, Whitecap as service providers to Harrods represent the F-Class racing yacht in the exclusive Knightsbridge department store.
In January 2015 Whitecap manage the refit and recommissioning of Open 60 Gamesa for her new owner who went on to compete in the Fastnet Race and Tansat St Barth – Port La Forêt.
OPEN 60 RUSALKA 2010
In 2010 Simon managed the Open 60 Rusalka. Included in the full management remit was the project management of an extensive refit and modification programme. In addition to general servicing, the decks, topsides, bottom, appendages and interior were re-painted. The keel was modified hydraulics overhauled, engine and saildrive replaced, interior redesigned and galley fitted, and much more.
Simon then went on to re-commission and skipper Rusalka for the owner during 2010.
ARTEMIS OCEAN RACING 1 2007-2010
Simon joined the Artemis Ocean Racing team as skipper of the IMOCA 60 Artemis Ocean Racing 1, servicing all corporate hospitality requirements, managing the technical preparation of the yacht and team and achieving a very competitive set of results on the UK Race Circuit.
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.
SIR ROBIN KNOX – JOHNSTON / (SAGA INSURANCE)
In 2006/7 Simon took on the role of project manager for Sir Robin Knox Johnston in his campaign to compete in the Velux 5 Oceans Solo round the world yacht race. He was tasked with forming a team and managing the campaign, securing and managing of additional budget, and managing the logistics and preparation at each stop-over.
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.