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People and Organisation Behind the Race

Ocean Frontiers Pty Ltd, registered in Australia, is responsible for the organisation, management and promotion of the 2022 Golden Globe Race in conjunction with McIntyre Adventure Ltd.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston – Race Patron

Sir Robin was the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world between 14 June 1968 and 22 April 1969. His voyage lasted just over ten months.

He arrived back in Falmouth after 312 days at sea, securing his place in the history books.

In recognition of his achievement, he was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and a knight bachelor.

In 1996, Robin established the first Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. It is perhaps his greatest achievement to have introduced so many people to competitive sailing via their involvement in the Clipper Race.


Don McIntyre – Founder & Race Chairman

Don McIntyre is the founder and Race Chairman of the Golden Globe Race. Don is an experienced circumnavigator and recognised as one of Australia’s greatest explorers.

In 2012 the Australian Geographic Society, recognising his many divers expeditions over the years and his ongoing efforts to promote adventure, presented him with its highest accolade, a ‘Gold’ Medal for a ‘Lifetime of Adventure’. This was only the 12th time it had been presented in the 25 year history of the Society. The inscription on this ultimate ‘Gold’ medal, simply read ‘For a life spent encouraging Adventure and Discovery’.

Passionate about all forms of adventure and inspiring others, this race was born from his desire to recreate the Golden Age of solo sailing.

Don finished 2nd in class in the 1990-91 BOC Challenge solo around the world yacht race. In 2010, he led the successful 4-man Talisker Bounty Boat Challenge to re-enact the Mutiny on the Bounty voyage from Tonga to West Timor in a similar boat and with the same limited supplies available to Captain Bligh 221 years before. In 2021 he raced solo across the Atlantic in the Globe 5.80 Transat in his 5.80m plywood Mini TREKKA in 28 days.

For 23 years, Don has been leading annual expeditions to Antarctica. He moved to Hobart to live in 1999 and was a member of the RYCT for many years. From 2008 until 2020 he spent only a few weeks a year in Australia and lived in the Kingdom of Tonga on the island of Nomuka IKI.

Since 2020, Don lives full-time in Les Sables d’Olonne, France.


Jane Zhou – Founder, Finance & Admin

‘Jane Jane’ manages all financial affairs of the OGR and GGR, all Facebook Live feeds, assists with race photography and never stops smiling.

She is a qualified charter skipper, whale swim guide, diver and Antarctic Zodiac driver who originally trained as an Air Traffic Controller.

She met Don in 2005 as project manager/Chinese interpreter on a boat building project. From Zhuhai China, she finally married Don during the Hobart stopover of the 2018 GGR and they now live in Les Sables d’ Olonne and keep an apartment in China.


Sébastien Delasnerie – Race Director & Media

Seb has campaigned various yachts inshore and offshore in Europe and the Middle East and came to retro sailing after discovering the Golden Globe Race, switching his fully-crewed Archambault 35 for short-handed racing on a 1978 Aphrodite 101.

A public affairs and government advisor by trade, liaising with public and international stakeholders, joining the GGR team in Les Sables d’Olonne was a natural way for Seb to reconcile his passion for sailing with his professional skills.


Lutz Kohne – Assistant Race Director

While finishing his Political Science degree in Frankfurt, Lutz moved aboard his first boat called ‘Little Olive’, a 1977 Contest 34 – without any sailing experience at all! Since then, he has logged nearly 10,000 miles, crossed oceans and would always pick the Channel over the Med. He has worked as Secretary General for a European non-profit, has been involved in various intercultural projects, and spent time in Myanmar, USA and Canada. In 2021, he once again swapped landlubber for liveaboard life and sailed his boat to Les Sables to be part of the GGR team. 


Barry Pickthall – GGR Ambassador

Barry Pickthall is a former yachting correspondent for The Times newspaper and has been covering the international stage for the past 4 decades, from the Olympics to America’s Cup and Round the World Races.

Barry is the author of 32 books relating to watersports and his photo library PPL Media Ltd holds the official photo archive tracing the complete history of the original Golden Globe Race.


Rob Havill – Digital Director

Rob has 20 years’ experience in managing creative and digital design projects. From branding to film production, his skills and interests are wide ranging.

Originally a graduate of engineering, he has captained his own design company since the early days of digital marketing.

Passionate about the GGR and all things adventure!


Jesse Martin – Videographer/Director

L-R: Jesse Martin (1999 youngest solo non-stop unassisted circumnavigation at 17), Don McIntyreJessica Watson (2010 current youngest solo non-stop solo circumnavigation at 16). Photo taken at the start of 2018 GGR and all three Aussies are great mates! 

In 1999, Jesse became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, non-stop, and unassisted. His voyage took approximately 11 months. He chronicled his adventures in the book Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit, and his story was made into a documentary, Lionheart: The Jesse Martin Story.

In 2002 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Jesse directed, edited and filmed most of the 2018 Golden Globe Race documentary, due for release on August 30th 2022.


Melissa Payne – Media

Melissa has 25 years of experience in the sporting/event world, from production, technical and commercial project management.

Alongside her Vice President role at IMG, she was also Head of Sailing/Nautical Sports for 15 years, during which time she managed two Americas Cups, World Match Racing Tour, Extreme Sailing Series, Volvo Ocean Race, Class One and the H20 series.


Nora Havel – Photographer & Events

Nora is an architect and project manager from Switzerland/Germany with a passion for photography.

To bring her enthusiasm for sailing to a more experienced level, Nora recently joined the Clipper Race as crew for the crossing of the Pacific Ocean. Her additional role on board was media. WIth her coordination skills and an eye for extraordinary shots, Nora will be joining the GGR team as photographer and event manager.


Doug Dean – Safety Manager

Doug Dean

Yachts are in Doug’s blood and he became a commercial pilot in the mid 1990s. He has accumulated some 11,000 hours of flight time since then. Most of that is in single engine air tanker aircraft, operating at low levels doing aerial applications for fire fighting and crop protection. He’s also been an amateur photographer in many different formats and worked on photo and film assignments throughout the US. He entered the 2022 GGR but has retired and is now considering the 2026 GGR. He bought UKU’s 2018 GGR Rustler at the conclusion of that race and sailed her solo back to America.


Sustainability Team

Evelyne Gross

Evelyne has 10 years of international academic and professional experience in project management, management of national and international continuous improvement processes and management of sustainable development and social responsibility processes within the higher education sector.

Fabrice Galia

Fabrice has 20 years of international experience in research, teaching and management of pedagogical projects in Europe (France, UK, Germany, Spain and Italy), in Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay) and in India. Through his international academic network, he has developed several international research projects on innovation.