EVENTS TEAM

Sail around the world fully supported by our own veteran circumnavigators.

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Chief Commercial Officer

Paul Adamson

With a mix of Oyster knowledge and business, Paul brings a unique combination of skills to our team in the areas of sales, marketing & outstanding customer service. A former professional sailor, Paul has a wealth of Oyster yachting knowledge both as a skipper and a consultant for Oyster owners. He has been the client representative during the build of various Oysters, including Oyster 885-01 which he skippered in the inaugural Oyster World Rally. He also consults and advises private clients on Super Yacht acquisitions along with yacht management.

The leadership skills that Paul developed whilst managing yachts and consulting led him into the business world. Previously Paul has worked with business leaders and sales teams to fulfil their potential by either keynote speaking or by developing in-house cultural change and performance programmes. Paul brings an abundance of energy, passion and enthusiasm to the team and is dedicated to rebuilding Oyster for the long term.

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Head of Group Events

Allie Smith

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 Head of Group Events at Oyster Yachts. Allie has over 25 years’ experience working in Operations and Logistics in the sailing industry and has worked alongside some to the UK's top sailors and yachting greats. She has managed events worldwide and been involved in some of the most prestigious international yacht races both 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 taking part in the Oyster World Rally 2022-23.

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Events Lead

Millie Bolingbroke

Millie grew up sailing dinghies on the East Coast of England before going on to compete at numerous national and international championships. After graduating from university, she spent three years crewing Oyster Yachts professionally, which took her all over the world, including the magical Pacific Ocean with the 2017-19 Oyster World Rally. Millie is now shore based, having spent the past two years working with Oyster's Events team, helping to create unique and memorable experiences for everyone involved.

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Events Coordinator

Rachel Robinson

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.

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Event Coordinator

Laura Davis

Laura grew up sailing on the Solent and has worked in the sailing industry since 2010. An RYA cruising instructor, she has also been a flotilla skipper cruising instructor in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. She came home from a life at sea to manage operations for the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust in Cowes. As Event Coordinator for the Oyster World Rally, she is looking forward to supporting everyone taking part to make sure they have the best experience possible on their adventure of a lifetime.

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TECHNICAL TEAM

Providing an extraordinary depth of technical expertise and support at each stage of the Rally.

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Technical Support

Gavin Needham

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.

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Technical Support

Raul Ramon Ruiz

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.

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Technical Support

Eddie Scougall

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.

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Customer Support Manager

Will White

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.