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SANTIAGO LANGE

San Isidro, 1961

A shining example of Argentinian Olympic sailing. An indefatigable athlete. Now 57 years of age, he’ll tell us about his latest achievement at Rio 2016 where he won Olympic Gold in the Nacra 17 class and will talk about his career and coming participation in Tokyo 2020.

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ABBY EHLER

Plymouth, 1976

Abby is one of our most iconic ambassadors. She has just finished her third Volvo Ocean Race and has been essential to her skipper. This young woman from Plymouth is a versatile sportswoman. Her good character and the thousands of miles she has sailed make her highly desirable for any ocean sailing project.

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JOAN VILA

Barcelona, 1961

Joan is one of the best sailors in the world. He’s participated in eight America’s Cup races, with three victories, and five Volvo Ocean Races, with one victory and a second place. His decisions have been fundamental in tracing Team Mapfre’s optimal route around the globe.

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JEAN-LUC VAN DEN HEEDE

France, 1945

VDH, as all sailors know him, has unwittingly become the oldest man to complete a solo nonstop circumnavigation of the globe… he has just been proclaimed the winner of the inaugural Golden Globe Race. He is a much-loved figure across all the oceans and his nautical curriculum is one of the most extensive to be seen, with a second and third place in the Vendée Globe and a record-breaking journey the “wrong way” round the world.

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ÉRIC BELLION

France, 1976

Finishing first in the most recent Vendée Globe in the category of new entrants, Beillon is above all a sailor committed to social causes. His career on the oceans has always been linked to projects of this nature. Most recently, he took part in the Route du Rhum, aboard a beautiful schooner which was the flagship of many ideas.

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DON MCINTYRE

Adelaide, 1955

At last year’s Festival, this Australian adventurer and sailor presented to us his new project as director of the Golden Globe Race. One round the world trip on dry land later, he’s coming back to tell us the joys and anxieties of organising and watching over an event which is as extreme as it is interesting.

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XABI FERNÁNDEZ

Ibarra, 1976

After demonstrating his good work as skipper in several stages of the previous race, and participating in his fifth VOR, the driving force of Team Mapfre 2018 – the man from Ibarra – joins us with some of the team to reveal the best and worst moments that culminated in the second place they achieved.

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ANTONIO CUERVAS-MONS

Santander, 1981

Born in Santander and loved by the sailing community, “Neti” leaves his mark wherever he goes. The Team Mapfre bowman is participating in his fourth VOR. Between races, he’s a leading participant in classes such as the TP52 and a star guest aboard any Maxi with aspirations to achieve records and titles.

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PABLO ARRARTE

Santander, 1980

Alias “Patán”, this Cantabrian who has sailed almost everything and sailed everything fast is Xabi’ second in command. With a vision and constant obsession for trimming and competition, this was his fourth race, after previous participation with Telefónica and Brunel.

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STAN THURET

Conflans Ste-Honorine, 1987

Stan offers us two short films which sum up his passions very well. Film making and direction, music, aesthetics, the sea and boats. His ironic pieces posted on social networks made him the most followed skipper of the last Transat650, reaching beyond the boundaries of his modest classification. Stan is now a key player in the new ocean sailing scene.

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MARTA GÜEMES

Lanzarote, 1986

Marta Güemes, from the Canary Islands, has three reasons to be joining us: to talk about her participation in the last Mini Transat, to give her view on the role of women in ocean sailing (in the Talk about Maiden and the Magenta Project) and to discuss her involvement as a protagonist and skipper in Ocean Peak: le premier voyage. A globetrotter bursting with energy.

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IAN LIPINSKI

Paris, 1981

At 37, this French engineer has been one of the most admired sailors on the Mini circuit since his first appearance in 2012. One withdrawal in extreme circumstances and two overwhelming victories in production and prototype classes, along with his passion for construction and materials, have together been the catalyst for his new Class40 project Crédit Mutuel.

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LIBBY GREENHALGH

Brighton, 1980

This extraordinary sailor is a specialist in meteorology and ocean navigation. In addition to having two Volvo Ocean Races to her credit, she is also responsible for the Magenta Project. This undertaking was initiated by the all-female crew of Team SCA who took part in the 2014-15 VOR. It aims to accelerate the participation of women in all sports and especially in sailing.

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MAÉVA BARDY

Lyon, 1980

Maéva is a journalist and very experienced amateur sailor. In the Clipper Race, she saw the perfect opportunity to capture one of her passions in words and images. To film and write about the experiences of ordinary people during this amateur round the world race. An extreme experience that produces unique moments and images. She will also participate in the Talk on the role of women in ocean sailing.

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DIDAC COSTA

Barcelona, 1980

We still remember clearly how hard the start of the Vendée Globe was for the Catalan sailor. And the epic nature of his voyage and achievements. The fruit of this solo nonstop round the world voyage, he joins us once again to show us unpublished images from a new documentary project.

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GABI PÉREZ

Argentina, 1970


Meteorologist and engineer. Gabriel lives his whole life between the sky and the sea. Passionate about waves and weather forecasts, over the years he has turned his hobby into his profession. Together with oceanographer Tony Butt, he created the pioneering swellforecast.com in the days before everyone had the internet. Since then he has advised a wide range of sportsmen and women and also run courses for them. This experience has recently led him to create meteowhizz.com to advise skiers, surfers, sailors, divers… On this occasion, he’s joining us to present a Master Class together with Didac, where we’ll learn how to interpret local signs and to sail in the old way using a few basic principles to interpret what surrounds us. He is currently also responsible for the surf forecasts section of Todosurf.com

PHOTOGRAPHER 2019

CARLO BORLENGHI

Bellano, 1956

Born in Bellano, on the shores of the photogenic Lake Como, Carlo fell in love with the surrounding landscapes, with the lights and textures that sheets of water and boats leave imprinted on our retinas. Enthusiastic about adventure, evolution and technology, he discovered an environment that was tailor-made for him in the great sailing circuits and extensive marine spaces, an environment that he knew how to portray to perfection. He became, at the age of 62, the recognised expert in nautical photography. Dozens of books and book-cover photos attest to the ever-increasing success of his career.

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VICKY ELLIS

Scotland, 1956

At 31, Scotland’s Vicky Ellis became the second woman to finish the Clipper Race as skipper in 2014. The experience, sailing with an amateur crew, brought out her leadership skills in all kinds of situations, and she also achieved a stage victory. Since then she’s been travelling the world applying her theories and helping others to achieve their goals.

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GONZALO REDONDO

Santiago de Compostela, 1984

Founder and general manager of D3 Applied Technologies, he had worked in design teams of winning VOR70 campaigns such as Groupama, the Challenger of the 34th America’s cup among others, until the creation of his new studio in 2012. His portfolio of projects is extraordinary, with a team of scientists, engineers and a network of unbeatable technical suppliers, offering an expertise vision to aerospace, civil, industrial, naval and competition projects. As in the case of his current participation in the design team of the American Magic, NYYC syndicate for the 36th America’s Cup.

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ANJE-MARIJCKE VAN BOXTEL


Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, this is the new scenario in which companies move … but also Pro sailors.

Help teams get the best of them, train people to get the best out of themselves, that’s what Anje-Marijcke van Boxtel is dedicated to. She was the coach of Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 and has repeated in this edition of 2017-2018. His skipper Bouwe Bekking, with eight VOR participations, considers it a fundamental part of the team. Available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.