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Race Organisers

Ocean Frontiers Pty Ltd, a company registered in the Australia, is responsible for the organisation, management and promotion the 2023 Ocean Globe Race. The Globe Yacht Club (sponsored by McIntyre Adventure Ltd) is the host yacht club.

Don McIntyre – CEO

Don McIntyre is the Founder and Race Chairman of the 2023 Ocean Globe Race and 2018 Golden Globe Race.

He has been organising sailing events and ocean adventures since 1984.

Passionate about all forms of adventure and inspiring others, the Ocean Globe Race and the Golden Globe Race were born from Don’s desire to recreate the Golden Age of fully crewed and solo around the world racing.

Don is an experienced circumnavigator and recognised as one of Australia’s great explorers. In 2012, the Australian Geographic Society, recognising his many diverse expeditions over the years and his ongoing efforts to promote adventure, presented him with its highest accolade, a Gold Medal for a Lifetime of Adventure. This was only the 12th time it had been presented in the 25 year history of the society.

In October 2014, He received the prestigious Emerald Award from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS). The inscription read ‘In honour of a lifetime of adventures that have done much to raise awareness of the marine environment and the need to protect it’.

Don finished 2nd in class in the 1990-91 BOC Challenge solo around the world yacht race and twice attempted unsuccessfully to become involved with the Whitbread Race.

Nick Bice – OGR Race Director

Nick hails from South Australia, has done 5 Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, as a boat builder, sailor, shore-manager and ultimately heading the VOR boatyard. He certainly knows how to get a yacht race around the world.

Nick also competes in ironman championships and will bring even more energy to the team.

Sébastien Delasnerie – Joint Media Director and Assistant Race Director

Sébastien is a journalist, columnist, communications and public affairs professional with 20 years of experience in various countries of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. When not at work, Seb has consistently been doing his best to spend more time at sea than on land, cruising and campaigning yachts offshore between France, the UK, Ireland and Spain. After the Golden Globe Race 2018, he quickly switched to retro sailing, changing his Archambault 35 for short-handed offshore racing on his 1978 Aphrodite 101. Joining the GGR/OGR team is a natural way for Seb to reconcile his passion for sailing with his communications expertise, bringing both events to larger audiences.

Lutz Kohne – OGR Manager

After a comfy landlubber student life in Frankfurt, 23-year-old Lutz moved on his ‘Little Olive’, a 34ft 1977 Contest – without ever having set a foot on a boat before. One year and 5,000nm later, he has sailed from the Netherlands across the Bay of Biscay, single-handed along the Portuguese coast and then crossed the Atlantic to St. Lucia – all while doing Skype interviews and securing a job as European area director and event planner for an international non-profit organisation in Berlin, where he is currently located. His biggest goal is to sail solo and non-stop around the world. In May 2021, Lutz bought an S&S 34, a proven circumnavigating yacht!

Jane Zhou – Finance and Admin

‘Jane Jane’ manages all financial affairs of OGR and GGR, all Facebook Live feeds, assists with race photography and never stops smiling.

She is a qualified charter skipper, whale swim guide, diver and Antarctic Zodiac driver who originally trained as an Air Traffic Controller.

She met Don in 2005 as project manager/Chinese interpreter on a boat building project. From Zhuhai China, she previously lived in Tonga on the island of Nomuka Iki, but now resides with Don in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France.

Aïda Valceanu – Public Relations and Major Events

Significant journalism and communication experience, great versatility, dual culture.

Dynamic, autonomous, team player, excellent interpersonal skills.

Barry Pickthall – OGR Ambassador, Historian and Media Consultant

Barry Pickthall is ‘Mr Whitbread’. The former yachting correspondent for The Times newspaper is one of a handful of journalists to have covered each and every one of the Whitbread Round the World Races. He was in HMS Hornet in Portsmouth to see the fleet set sail in 1973 and count them back the following year.

He has also played the role of shore manager for two entries: Conny van Rietschoten’s winning yacht Flyer in 1981/2 and Eric Tabarly’s Cote d’Or in 1985/6.

Barry has also written five books about the race and his photo library PPL Media Ltd holds the official photo archive tracing the complete history of the event.

Joao Bento – Marketing Manager

20 years of communications in events like Euro 2004, brand activation such as Triumph Motorcycles, special projects in ocean, beach and nautical tourism. Now 1000% focused on the Ocean Globe Race. The show goes on and now a sea, human and pure challenge is back!

Brian Hancock – OGR Commentator

In 1981, Brian raced his first Whitbread Round the World Race aboard the American yacht Alaska Eagle. Four years later he raced again aboard Drum, the boat owned by Simon Le Bon, lead singer of the rock group Duran Duran. In 1989, Brian was hired as Sailing Master aboard Fazisi, the first, and by happenstance, last Soviet Union entry.

In the 90s Brian took up solo sailing on his stripped-out carbon Open 50 named Great Circle and sailed his qualifying voyage for the 89/90 Around Alone race by sailing from Spain to Bermuda. Unfortunately his plans to compete in the Around Alone were scuttled when he hit the reef off Bermuda. Brian co-founded the Portimão Global Ocean Race, the first event aimed at smaller boats (40-feet) and smaller crew (either solo or double handed).

Brian is the author of six books including two memoirs and a tome about sails and sailmaking titled Maximum Sail Power – the Complete Guide to Sails, Sail Technology and Performance. He is a leading sailmaker building sails under his own brand – Great Circle Sails. He lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Melissa Payne – Media Team

I have 25 years of experience in the sporting/event world, from production, technical and commercial project management, I have done it all. Whether the sporting talent has two legs or four, takes place on land or on water, I have covered it. Alongside my Vice President hat at IMG, I was also Head of Sailing/Nautical Sports for 15 years, during which time I have managed 2 America’s Cups, World Match Racing Tour, Extreme Sailing Series, Volvo Ocean Race, Class One and the H20 series.

I am extremely excited by these projects and have started to build a great team. As I have said many times before, you don’t need an army, just like-minded passionate people, who all have the same goal – to ensure all events/sports are a huge success.

Gary Norman – Media Team

I come to this project with 30+ years of broadcasting and media experience gained at the BBC, IMG and BSKYB, where I helped launch Sky Sports. I have worked on almost everything from Olympic Games and Ryder Cups to basketball, darts, Premier League football, equestrian and even fishing. I’ve been in front of the camera as well as behind it and I look forward to bringing all that experience to this project, undoubtedly, one of the highlights of my career to date.

Selim Kemahli – Media Team

I started Case Productions 26 years ago as a small production house in Istanbul, Turkey. We now have offices in London, Dubai, Istanbul and Los Angeles.

Over the last 15 years I have been involved with the Class 1 World Offshore Powerboat Championship, The F1 World Inshore Circuit Championship, The World Jet Ski Championship, The World Kiteboarding Championship and The World Parkour Championship. I have also worked closely on some extreme projects with Red Bull and and the Formula 1 Red Bull Racing Team.

Case Productions have worked on major sailing regattas and Olympic windsurf qualifiers as well as the World Surf League – hence we are very familar with the intricacies and requirements of working with on-water activities. I am hopeful that I can use all of this experience and expertise to help produce some outstanding content for the GGR and OGR.