Jury

Shirley Robertson

double Olympic champion, TV presenter on CNN Mainsail
Nationality: UK

Shirley Robertson has been racing boats at an elite level since the early nineteen nineties. As an Olympic athlete, she was the first British woman to win consecutive Gold medals, and went on to compete in various international classes, campaigning in both TP52s and Extreme 40s to international success. Most recently Shirley has extensive experience as helm on various superyacht racing campaigns. Off the water, Shirley has for over a decade been the face of CNN Mainsail, hosting the prestigious sailing programme for well over one hundred editions. Further media engagements have included three Summer Olympics, as the BBC's live on water reporter, and the on-course face of BTSport's Live coverage of the 36th America's Cup.

Georgie Corlett-Pitt

Editor of Yachts & Yachting
Nationality: UK

Editor of Yachts & Yachting magazine since 2014, Georgie Corlett-Pitt has fifteen years of experience as a sailing editor and journalist, and confesses a passion for sailing imagery under all of its forms, including video. She was working for the same title as a freelancer before joining the editorial team. Georgie is also an experienced sailor, having raced a variety of dinghies and keelboats at international level, including team and match racing. She has also been involved with coaching and is active in the promotion of the sport, hoping and increase in participation. A graduate of Southampton University, she currently lives in London.

Daniel Smith

Communications and Digital Manager at World Sailing
Nationality: UK

Daniel Smith is Communications and Digital Manager at World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport. Since January 2011, he has been responsible for World Sailing’s digital properties, social media and media output. Most recently he has focused on delivering World Sailing’s OTT / broadcasting strategy at World Cup events and at the upcoming Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018. Before joining World Sailing, he worked for Surrey County Cricket Club as the first team multimedia journalist. He has also worked for EA Sports, delivered world class media output at the BT Paralympic World Cup, Henley Royal Regatta and European Badminton Championships and worked at multiple British regional and national newspapers.

Alessandra Ghezzi

Director of Communications, 11th Hour Racing
Nationality: Italy

Driven by a great passion for the ocean, Alessandra has worked in Public Relations within the yachting industry for over 20 years. Born and raised in Italy, Alessandra gained a degree in Natural Sciences and Oceanography at Università degli Studi di Milano. While racing on one-design classes and keelboats as a student, she started writing as a yachting journalist and was hired as Press Officer for the Italian America’s Cup team Luna Rossa for two of their campaigns from 1997 to 2003. Now based in Newport, RI, she has been working with 11th Hour Racing since 2014. Alessandra likes to spend her free time with her family enjoying the local beaches and pursuing what makes them all happy – horseback riding, sailing and skiing.

Dee Caffari

Pro-Sailor
Nationality: UK

Dee Caffari MBE is the only woman to have sailed solo, non-stop, around the world in both directions and the first woman to sail non-stop around the world three times! She is the skipper of the boat Turn the Tide on Plastic in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. 

Born in 1973 in England, awarded an MBE in recognition of her solo circumnavigation against the prevailing winds and currents, Dee set a world record by becoming the first woman to complete this ‘wrong’ way round voyage in 2006. Dee went on to compete in the 2008/9 Vendйe Globe, crossing the finish line in 6th place out of the 30 competitors. In 2011 Dee successfully completed the Barcelona World Race with a Spanish co skipper, once again claiming 6th place. 


Nicolas Mirabaud

Member of the Executive Committee, Mirabaud & Cie SA
Nationality: Suisse

Nicolas Mirabaud holds an MA in Business Law, an MBA and a Federal diploma as an expert in finance and investment. He began his career with the eponymous bank in 1999 as a fund analyst. In 2001 he joined the bank’s wealth management department. Since 2016 he has been Head of Wealth Management and a member of the Executive Committee of Mirabaud & Cie SA. In 2016 he became Limited Partner of the Group.