The Sportsboat World team can offer event management services, with many years of experience operating events at the highest level. We have considerable experience of Olympic and World Championship regattas, as well as events which operate as a strong commercial platform, providing superb sponsors’ returns.
We have successfully run sailing events with unique and innovative spectator appeal, including city-centre and close-to-shore locations, and in new sailing territories. We also share a strong background in coaching, training and education, from international Squad level to running sailing holiday centres catering for novice and amateur sailors. Hence we have an unrivalled understanding of the full breadth of the sport and can cater to both the needs of professional sailors, sponsors and general public.
Rob Andrews was Sailing and Venue Manager for the hugely successful 2012 Olympic Games, co-ordinating a ground-breaking Olympic regatta – the first ever to include a ticketed spectator zone – in Weymouth. Prior to London 2012, Rob created an all-new ISAF World Cup event known as ‘Sail for Gold’, which has been a popular fixture on the Olympic circuit since 2007. Rob also ran the largest ever ISAF Youth World Championships in 2006 as RYA Competition Manager. Prior to working in event management, Rob has over 30 years of Olympic coaching experience.
Alan Hillman was instrumental in the success of the innovative Extreme 40 circuit, as Race Director for the inaugural iShares Cup in 2007 and its expanded 2008 European circuit. He was also Event Director for the Extreme 40s’ Grand Prix Series, racing at 2008 Volvo Ocean Race host venues, and the 2010 World Championships, operating the catamaran class’s unique ‘city stadium’ format. He consulted on the creation of the new doublehanded IMOCA 60 Barcelona World Race. Prior to that he was responsible for fleet liaison during the VW Touareg sponsorship of the SB20 (then SB3) fleet at Cowes Week in 2005, one of the biggest ever fleet sponsorship programmes. Alan was previously RYA Windsurfing Manager.