Our guest on this episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast is British Olympian and ocean race skipper, Ian Walker.
Walker has had a broad and illustrious career in professional sailing having won two Olympic silver medals – one as crew and one as helmsman – and having skippered Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to victory in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race around the world.
Walker has also led America's Cup campaigns and coached fellow Brit Shirley Robertson and her Yngling crew to an Olympic gold medal – as well as successfully plying his trade as an inshore tactician for many years on the international Grand Prix racing circuit.
More recently Walker has taken on a new land-based challenge as director of racing at Britain's Royal Yachting Association where – amongst many other responsibilities – he is in charge of the British Sailing Team's Olympic prospects.
On this bumper episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast your host Justin Chisholm talks to:
– British solo skipper Will Harris who recently announced that he has secured a sponsorship deal with British clean energy company Hive Energy to compete on the French dominated Figaro circuit in 2019
– Emirates Team New Zealand sailor and coach Ray Davies about the current state of play as the current America’s Cup holders prepare to defend it on home waters in Auckland in 2021
– young American sailors Taylor Canfield and Mike Buckley, the co-founders of Stars and Stripes Team USA – the second American campaign to challenge for the 36th America’s Cup
The second episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast takes us to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard facility in Lisbon, Portugal to meet Nick Bice – the race's director of boats and maintenance.
Image by Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race.
For the very first episode of the Yacht Racing Podcast we travel to New York for the finish of The Bridge transatlantic race to speak exclusively to French record breaking solo round the world multihull skipper Thomas Coville.