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Governance

Leatrice
Oatley

Chairperson

Leatrice is regarded as one of the most experienced female sailors in Bermuda having sailed in various designs including Etchells, IOD, and Fitted Dinghy. She has represented Bermuda in the Snipes at the Pan Am Games, and was Team Leader for local duo Peter Bromby and Paula Lewin at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. The Past Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club has also made several appearances in the Argo Group Gold Cup as crew for skippers Bromby, Lewin, and more recently Lance Fraser. Leatrice also runs the Bermuda Paralympic Association’s Sailing Programme and serves on the Bermuda Byte Association, Newport Bermuda Race Committee, and Bermuda Sailing Association.

Christian
Luthi

Director

Christian Luthi is a Director and Chairman of Conyers Dill & Pearman. Christian’s practice encompasses all aspects of civil and commercial litigation. The major part of his practice involves conduct of litigation in the Supreme Court of Bermuda, or arbitrations conducted in Bermuda. A graduate of Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut, and Oxford University, he is an accredited mediator, Chartered Institute of Mediators, honorary secretary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Bermuda branch, and Chairman of the Bar Committee.

Mario
Thompson

Director

Mario Thompson is the Pilot Warden at the Bermuda Department of Marine & Ports Services. Mr. Thompson is active in helping young Bermudians to enter careers on the sea. For Pilot Warden Mario Thompson, “coaching and mentoring young seafarers through Marine and Ports is a chance to reconnect Bermudians with their maritime heritage.”

Dr. Melvyn
Bassett

Director

Former Principal of Sandys Secondary Middle School, Dr. Bassett was a contributing editor for the publications, “A Middle School Plan for Bermudian Students with College Bound Dreams” and “A Senior School Plan for Bermudian Students with College Bound Dreams”. He served as president of the Bermuda Association of School Principals and as Vice-­Chair of the Middle School Association.

The Honourable
Michael J
Winfield, JP

Director

The Hon. Michael J. Winfield, JP served as the CEO and Director of the America’s Cup Bermuda (ACBDA). Mr. Winfield is a tourism industry veteran, starting his career at the Southampton Princess and eventually retiring in 2012 as the President and CEO of Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa. Mr. Winfield served as a Minister and Senator under the United Bermuda Party where he held several portfolios. He successfully led the Bermuda bid team to host the 35th America’s Cup.

Tom
Miller

Director

Tom Miller most recently served as the On-­Water Operations Committee Chairman for the America’s Cup Bermuda. He has extensive sailing experience along with being a former Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore. Mr. Miller has also represented Bermuda in the ball hockey World Championships and retired as a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2016. Tom has served on a number of boards focused on youth education including past chairman of the Bermuda High School Board of Governors.

Veronica
Dunkerley

Treasurer

Veronica brings her versatile knowledge and financial expertise to the Endeavour Community Sailing board. Most recently Veronica was the Finance Director for SoftBank Team Japan, the Japanese challenger for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. She studied Aeronautical Engineering at University before transitioning into accounting. Prior to her exciting role with SoftBank Team Japan in 2016, Veronica worked in audit and was responsible for learning and education at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is passionate about STEAM education and keen to inspire opportunities for girls in STEAM occupations. Veronica is Bermudian, an alumni of the Bermuda High School for Girls and is raising 2 wonderful daughters.

Alec
Cutler

Director

Alec is a fund manager and director of Orbis Investments. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and University of Pennsylvania, he is an accomplished sailor and promoter of sailing as a former director of Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association and as a member of the Naval Academy’s Fales Committee. Alec is a world champion and multiple US national champion helmsman in classes ranging from Lasers and Finns to J22s, Melges 24s and 32s.

Tom Herbert-Evans

Director

Tom joined the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) in May 2015 as Community Sailing Manager, with the responsibility for setting up and launching the Endeavor Forts and designing and initiating the community sailing programme. He’s been in Bermuda since 2011 and prior to joining the ACEA was the Sailing Director at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, which under his leadership became Bermuda’s only internationally recognised non-­profit Royal Yachting Association (RYA)-certified sailing centre. He grew up sailing optimists & 420s competitively in Mumbles, Wales and later worked for the RYA participation programme. He’s passionate about getting children on the water, revitalizing sailing for all in Bermuda and breaking down traditional barriers to the sport. Among his personal achievements he lists holding the record for the first (& therefore fastest!) Optimist circumnavigation of Bermuda, in 9 hours and 29 minutes, which he completed as a fundraiser for the Bermuda Sailing Association. In February 2019 Tom joined SailGP.

Chair Emeritus

Sir Russell Coutts

Sir Russell Coutts has been in 5 winning America’s Cup teams and is the most successful skipper in the history of the event. His 14-0 record as a skipper in the 1995, 2000, and 2003 Cup matches is unmatched, and he has hoisted the trophy for each of the 3 different teams he has led.

Since then, ORACLE TEAM USA’s success in the 33rd and 34th America’s Cup gave him an opportunity to help transform the America’s Cup into a spectator-friendly event with strong youth growth and development. Along with Larry Ellison, Coutts has been at the forefront of the evolution of the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport. The most recognisable aspect of that transformation was the introduction of high-speed, wing-sailed catamarans as the boat of choice for the 34th and 35th America’s Cup. New generations of younger, more athletic sailors being recognised in the sport. Racing brought inshore, close to the fans, and television and on-screen graphics being recognised earning Emmy Awards. Coutts was a youth world champion in 1981, an Olympic Gold medalist in 1984 (in the physically demanding Finn singlehanded class), and won the first of his 3 match racing world championships in 1992.

Twice he’s been named World Sailor of the Year (1995, 2003) by the International Sailing Federation. He earned an engineering degree from Auckland University, which he applied in both the America’s Cup and Grand Prix yacht race campaigns. He conceived and co-designed the RC44, a one-design, monohull class yacht that is raced in the RC44 circuit throughout Europe.

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