Royal Southern Yacht Club
Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Executive & Finance Committees
In the Royal Southern Yacht club based on the Hamble, Andrew has been active for a number of years across many disciplines, including Finance. Currently he is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors there.
Andrew has been sailing for more than 50 years in everything, from dinghies, to keelboats, to ocean racers. Nowadays, he still manages to sail the Laser when his knees allow. Andrew also deeply enjoys racing a 1931 Olin Stephens 6mR and spending the occasional time cruising with Fay, his wife, when time permits.
He is founder and CEO of Mercator Media, a small UK based international B2B media company that publishes magazines, produces conferences and exhibitions in the commercial marine sector. He lives in Bursledon, Hampshire with his wife Fay who is also attending the conference.
Delegate – International Affairs
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein
Wolfgang has been the NRV Delegate for international Affairs and the ICOYC since 2008 and speaks German English, some Spanish and a little French. He joined the NRV in 1967 sailing centre board dinghies, Dragons keel boats, crewed in offshore yachts, long year of experience in race committee work on Alster Lake, Hamburg, as well as in Kiel and Travemunde Weeks.
In his international career in business he spent time all over the world, mainly in senior management positions.
From 1976 he managed various projects in marketing and sales for different product groups all over the world in different functions as Senior Group Product Manager and International Marketing and Sales Manager in Europe, Near and Middle East, South Asia as well as Far East and Australia / Pacific regions with substantial travelling activities over the years. He also has experience in PR as well as Press and Media work. He finally retired in 2009. He is married to Gretel and has 2 children and 4 grandchildren
Real Club Náutico Barcelona
Toni Tió, executive president of the Barcelona Nautical Cluster was born in Barcelona, in 1949. He studied at the School of Engineers of Barcelona and then worked at Cheret Voiles, La Rochelle and North Sails, Munich. In 1978, he returned to Spain to fund his own sail loft, Toni Tió Velas, which he directed until 2010. From 2010 to 2013 he was commercial technical advisor of North Sails Spain in Barcelona.
In May 2013, he was named executive president of the Barcelona Nautical Cluster. He is also a member of the Organizing Committee of the Barcelona International Boat Show since 1979 and, since 2005, member of the board of the Real Club Náutico de Barcelona. He has been 13 years in the Organizing Committee of the Copa del Rey de vela, organized by the Real Club Náutico Barcelona.
As a sailor he has won some of the most important regattas on the national and international scene, such as the Swan Cup, the Conde de Godó Trophy, the Zegna Trophy and the Copa del Rey. In addition, as a manufacturer of sails boards, nine Olympic medals.
Past Commodore of the Eastern Yacht Club
Eastern Yacht Club
Phil, who lives in Marblehead Massachusetts, has been a member of both Eastern and New York Yacht Clubs since the early 70’s. In addition to serving as an officer, director and Past Commodore of the Eastern Yacht Club, he has served as President and director of a number of youth organizations, including the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Phil was a 35 year partner at Boston law firm, Ropes & Gray, where he specialized in complex financings, private equity transactions and designing unique governance structures for businesses. He has served as counsel to a number of charitable organizations and is familiar with the laws relating to the tax treatment of contributions to yachting related charitable organizations.
For many years, Phil crewed in both one-design and offshore regattas nationally and internationally. The Commodore’s Forum in Auckland resulted in the purchase of a SeaLegs Amphibious RIB named Wheelie Fast which he uses to take photographs of sailing regattas.
Eastern Yacht Club
Ann has lived in Massachusetts her entire life, but loves to travel which she does as often as possible with her husband Phil. She is a social worker specializing in end-of-life issues. Ann has been involved with the Hospice movement for many years as volunteer, staff, and Board member. She chaired the Board of Hospice North Shore and was co-chair of their successful campaign to expand the HNS residential hospice house.
Ann belongs to several book clubs, and two dinner groups, one of which, Les Aubergines, is an eggplant loving group that meets seasonally. She enjoys gardening, being on the water, skiing, and spending time with friends and family. She loves sailing and is an excellent first mate especially on tough passages.
Foreign Clubs Manager / Guest
Yacht Club de Monaco
Amélie has been part of the Yacht Club de Monaco for ten years and she has been the main contact for all foreign clubs matters, be they social or sailing projects and collaborations.
She is also project manager for the Monaco Optimist Team Race reaching its 10th edition next January.
A keen sailor, she likes to enjoy outings on her Hobbie Cat as well as the family Pointu, together with her husband Charles and their three children.
President / Commodore
Société Nautique de Marseille
Pierre has been a member of the Société Nautique de Marseille for over 36 years. At the Club he has held many positions, with two periods as a Member of the Steering Committee starting in 2001. In 2006 he became Vice President for 2 years followed by a time as General Secretary and then a again a Member of the Steering Committee. In April 2017 he became President / Commodore
He grew up on the Mediterranean shores in Marseille where he has always lived. His sailing career started at a young age. Today he is 75 and still actively sailing.
In his professional career he was a realtor and has passed the company onto his son. He is married to Claudine and together they have 3 children, 4 grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS)
Patrik has been Commodore of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club since March 2018. Previously he served on the board for 5 years and was the Chairman of Inshore Racing. Previous engagements outside RSYC includes Chairman of the Swedish Dragon Association and board member of Gamla Stans Yacht Club.
He has been racing since an early age, from dinghies onto keelboats like J24, Express and now the Dragon since 2004. In addition, he has done various forms of big boat racing, including Classic racing.
Professionally he works as an investor in Private Equity mainly in the Nordic market.
San Francisco Yacht Club
Paul is Commodore of The San Francisco Yacht Club. He has been an active sailor most of his life, and he continues to participate in local club racing, but he recently moved to the “dark side” with his acquisition of a Grand Banks 36, which he and his family plan to cruise on the San Francisco Bay, Delta and coast.
Paul has been involved in many of the SFYC’s committees, and most recently has been involved in comparative studies of the Club’s governance structure and communications strategies, as well as the ongoing redevelopment of the club’s facilities on San Francisco Bay.
Outside of the yacht club, Paul is a partner in the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, and a member of the Recreational Boating Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.
Yacht Club Italiano
Giampaolo is a shipbroker, specialised in Dry-Cargo Vessels and Far East Markets.
He has lived in Genoa, Monaco and London.
A member of Yacht Club Italiano since his teenage years, he has raced dinghies then crewed on IOR/IMS/IRC boats including helming his own IOR Class-4 “ARTICOLOQUINTO” (a Sangermani one-off) and IMS Class-2 “HAPPY GOOSE” (a Frers-designed Grand Soleil 42) before joining “ATALANTA SECONDA” (a Farr-70 MiniMaxi) as navigator.
Now splitting his time between Genoa and London, he sails a RS Aero dinghy over week ends and helps YCI’s Management representing the club with ICOYC.