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Be right amongst the Volvo Race action!


Our HPYD presenters come from many countries and a wide range of professional institutes.

Some of our previous dinner and public session speakers

Tom Schnakenberg

Tom Schnakenberg discovered yachting at 21 years old. From 1977 he was a sail designer at North Sails for Enterprise, Lowell North's 12-Metre Cup defence candidate. Three years later, he was sail co-designer for Australia, the 1980 challenger, and in 1983 coordinated Australia II's sail designs, enjoying his first Cup success. One of the inventors of 3D design of sails and the tri-radial genoa, in 1987, he was sail coordinator for Australia III and IV during the Cup defence in Fremantle. He designed sails for the giant KZ1, (The Big Boat ) for the 1988 Cup and in 1992, was sail coordinator for Spirit of Australia. In 1995, he joined Peter BLAKE's (NZL) famous 'dream team' and in 2000, he again coordinated the design team - the 'millennium rig' became a sensation - and he sailed again as navigator. SCHNACKENBERG also won the1987 Admiral's Cup series and then supervised the national yachting team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. The triple America's Cup winner (1983, 1995, 2000) was most recently on the design team for Luna Rossa Challenge.

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Knut Frostad

Knut Mauritz Frostad is a Norwegian yachtsman who has participated in a broad range of world championship level sailing events including the Volvo Ocean Race and the Olympic Games, the latter in windsurfing. He is currently CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race. In total, he has twice participated in the Olympic Games (1988 and 1992)[1] and four times the Volvo Ocean Race. Twice as skipper. This is the third time that he has managed the ocean race and he was instrumental in changing the event from an open class rule into a strict one-design, sailor driven contest that it has now become. He has a business background in management, director and advisor positions with international companies. As well he is a recognised motivational speaker. (Ref: Wikipedia)

Burns Fallow

Burns Fallow is a sail designer for North Sails based in Auckland. He was the first person to graduate from the University of Auckland’s Yacht Research Unit in 1988. He has worked for North Sails since that time, designing virtually everything from 7 to 70 metres in size. Burns has also spent the last 20 years as Team New Zealand’s sail designer, and was Aero coordinator for the AC72 campaign in 2013. Since 2008 Burns has also been General Manager of the North Sails Loft in Auckland.


Jack Lloyd

Jack Lloyd started sailing at the age of eight, built boats, chartered boats, and started umpiring in 1991. He has participated in four America’s Cups and four Olympic Games. He joined the Volvo Ocean race full-time as race director in 2008.

His role is to balance the safety and well-being of the crew and yachts in the Race, the voracious public appetite for the latest information from the boats while being sympathetic to the needs of the sponsors, whose support is essential for an international event the magnitude of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Peter Montgomery

Peter John "PJ" Montgomery, MBE is a New Zealand sports broadcaster. His work has covered many sports, but he is best known as "The Voice of the America's Cup"on New Zealand and International radio and television. He is often remembered for "The America's Cup is now New Zealand's Cup", his summary when New Zealand won their first America's Cup in San Diego in 1995. The line was voted the most memorable sporting commentary moment in history by the Sunday Star Times. (Ref: Wikipedia)