Sail around the world fully supported by our own veteran circumnavigators.
Allie raced around the world and upwind through the Southern Ocean and has sailed over 50,000 miles. She is now on a much calmer route as Oyster World Rally Director. Allie has over 25 years of experience working in Operations and Logistics in the sailing industry and has worked alongside some of the UK's top sailors and yachting greats. She has managed events worldwide and has been involved in some of the most prestigious international yacht races personally and professionally. She also ran her own RYA Sailing School for 13 years teaching novices to sail and race. Allie is super excited to lead the Oyster World Rally team and support the dreams of those participating in the Oyster World Rally 2022-23.
Rachel caught the sailing bug from her Grandad and has worked in the sailing industry since 2014. She has helped numerous Oyster owners as part of our world-famous Oyster After Sales team for the last three years. Before this, she delivered boats, ran charters, crewed on Oyster yachts and took part in the last Oyster World Rally as crew on two Oyster 575s – Miss Tiggy and Ayesha II. Rachel takes great pride in helping people achieve their dreams. She is part of the Oyster Support Team and is looking forward to looking after the fleet as it makes its way around the world.
With a decade spent in F1 VIP Event Logistics for McLaren Formula 1 Team, Rachel's work has taken her around the world. Her passion for sailing, travel, logistics and events continued when she qualified as an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Sail and RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Power and has sailed over 45,000nm. Rachel has also worked in Superyacht Navigation Management for some of the world's largest and most prestigious Superyachts.
Saoirse is a former secondary school teacher of PE and Biology and majored in Sport Psychology. She has worked as a Dinghy and Keelboat Instructor for the Irish National Sailing School and spends as much time as possible on the water, with offshore yacht racing being her passion. Having competed in Fastnet, Caribbean 600 and Round Ireland races she also has sailed in European and World Inshore championships. She is a volunteer for the Rona Sailing Project, which offer training opportunities for young people from challenging backgrounds on two purpose-built Oyster yachts.
Providing an extraordinary depth of technical expertise and support at each stage of the Rally.
Gavin started working on yachts at the age of 13. Today, with 36 years of engineering experience behind him, he is an invaluable member of the Oyster World Rally team. He joined the electrical and engineering teams at Oyster Yachts back in 2002 and has travelled extensively to look after our fleet ever since. As part of the Oyster Support team, he will travel alongside the rally and will be the main point of contact for all Technical Support for the 2022-23 Oyster World Rally.
Raul has worked as crew and skipper on private sailing boats and for various environmental organisations around the world, both as a skipper and an engineer. He joined Oyster Palma in 2019 to provide technical support and project management. With more than 15 years in the marine industry, he has many stories to tell and hopes his experience will help owners and their yachts enjoy a successful circumnavigation.
Eddie has been sailing for over 45 years during which time he has built up extensive cruising experience, including a circumnavigation, rounding Cape Horn, sailing in the Antarctic and nine years’ service in the RNLI. Eddie was integral to the planning and the delivery of Technical Support for the first two Oyster World Rallies. Renowned amongst the Oyster family, his inside and out knowledge of Oyster yachts and the Rally route is unparalleled.
Will grew up in Bristol, Rhode Island and from a young age spent every free moment out on the water. Later he worked his way up from deckhand to engineer and finally captain. After running an Oyster 56 for Oyster’s founder, Richard Matthews, Will joined our USA office in Newport, Rhode Island, and has spent the last 17 years helping our US based owners with their commissioning and customer service enquiries.