15th March 11:45: Leisure crafts - utilising high-performance technologies
Decarbonising leisure marine through unique technology and design.
After graduating with a degree in Ship Science at Southampton University, Simon took some time out indulging in his passion for sailing. One of his first projects was to design an amphibious vehicle which is still in service today. Simon has spent over 20 years at the forefront of the technical development of grand prix racing yacht development. His wide-ranging experience includes multiple Americas Cups Campaigns, Volvo Ocean Races and Offshore and Inshore Grand Prix Race yachts. In between Cup cycles Simon also achieved commercial success and was a partner in his own design business prior to working alongside Sir Ben Ainslie during the 35th America’s Cup. Simon was head of design and engineering for Ben Ainslie Racing, the British entry before jointly founding BAR Technologies with Martin Whitmarsh (now chairman). Simon is the chief technology officer of BAR Technologies, leads the technical teams and has been instrumental in developing the business direction of the company.