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Elena Otekina

Photographer and independent sailing journalist, actively contributing to Yacht Russia magazine
Nationality: RU

Elena has been a keen sailor for more than 15 years. She first participated in some regattas as an amateur sailor, and then completely changed life. She abandoned her career in finance, obtained a skippers license and sailed across the world. As a sailing photographer and journalist, Elena has been covering the World Sailing events, America's Cup, Vendée Globe, VOR, RC44, TP52 Super Series as well as the world, European and national championships in various yacht classes. She is special correspondent of the biggest Russian sailing magazine Yacht Russia and has a national award Yachtsman Of The Year for the best coverage of sailing events.

Nico Martinez

Sailing photographer for the past thirty years, involved in the worlds’ major yacht racing events
Nationality: ES

Nico Martínez is a Spanish photographer, born in Palma de Mallorca. He studied photography in the Technical School of Palma and started his professional career in 1980. In 1985, he discovered the world of sailing and started collaborating with the Spanish nautical magazines and covering the most important national regattas. From the 90s up until the present day, he is the official photographer for the Copa del Rey. In 1995, he was named official photographer for the spanish America's Cup Challenger “Rioja España”, in San Diego, and followed up with the “Bravo España” campaign in New Zealand in 2000 and the “Desafío Español” in Valencia in 2007. Nico Martinez also worked with many sponsors involved in the sport of sailing: North Sails, Swan, Oyster Marine, Breitling, Hublot, Quantum, Contest Yachts, Oris, Puig perfumes, Gaastra, Zurich insurances, Wally, Commerzbank, Rolex, Iberdrola, Burberry, Richard Muller, Puerto Calero, Real Club Nautico de Palma,Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg… He is since 2010 the official photographer for the RC44 class, the 52 Super Series and the Spanish Classics circuit.

Nacho Gomez Zarzuela

Director of the Valencia Boat Show and specialist in sailing communication
Nationality: ESP

Recently appointed as director of the Valencia Boat Show, Nacho is a specialist in sailing comms. He was the PR & Media Manager (SPA) of The Ocean Race 2017-18 and journalist of the leading Spanish newspaper MARCA from 1995 to 2016. He reported onsite in two Olympic Games (Beijing and London), three America's Cups, four editions of the Volvo Ocean Race and the rest of the great sailing races of the last decade.

Nic Douglass

Blogger, TV commentator and journalist regularly involved in the sports’ leading events
Nationality: AUS

Nic Douglass was originally trained in corporate communications and has worked for companies such as M&C Saatchi, Baulderstone, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner across strategic communication positions. 

Nic has sailed her whole life, is triple World Champion and has been crowned National Champion over ten-times in various classes. Nic combined her two loves, for broadcast and communication, and sailing in her own company – Adventures of a Sailor Girl. Now commencing her fifth year of full-time work specifically on brand and event promotion within sailing, her industry network and social network is extensive.



Nathalie Quéré

Brand, communication and sports marketing expert, AkzoNobel campaign manager in the 2017-18 VOR
Nationality: NED

Educated in Brand, Communication and Sport Marketing, Nathalie Quéré has an extensive experience in global brand and communication strategy, including digital communications strategy, global sponsorship management and international sport marketing activities.

Nathalie has managed many global sport and art partnerships, and in particular campaigns with Alinghi from 2001 to 2007, the BT team from 2007 to 2010 (Vendée Globe 2008-2009), the international activation of London 2012 Olympic Games. More recently she was the campaign director of AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018, in charge of the partnerships with the race organization, as well as the managing director of the sailing team “team AkzoNobel”.


Nicolas Mirabaud

Managing partner and member of the Executive Committee, Mirabaud & Cie SA
Nationality: SU

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.