Simon Clay & Joff Brown
Simon Clay studied at Bristol and has a BA hons degree in
Economics and Politics, following which he spent 3 years working in
advertising in London. He went on to pursue a career in
sailing, where his passion lay having sailed from a young age.
Over the past decade Simon has worked on some of the most high
profile sailing campaigns in the UK. He spent 4 years central to
the Mike Golding yacht racing team under the Ecover sponsorship,
following which he serviced contracts for Pindar and Hellomoto.
In 2006/7, 1 week into the race, Simon took on the campaign
management role for Sir Robin Knox Johnston competing in the Velux
5 Oceans Solo round the world yacht race. Sir Robin, with Simon's
support, completed the Velux 5 Oceans becoming the oldest
competitor to finish a solo round the world yacht race in his
second solo circumnavigation at the age of 68.
Simon then secured the position of skipper of the Open 60, Artemis
Ocean Racing 1. He was awarded the RORC class championship for the
2008/9 season as well as being involved as skipper in several high
profile media events, notably BBC's "Three men in more than 1 boat"
and "Eighty Days around the world".
Having been central to the success of high profile sponsored
campaigns and having managed yachts for private owners Simon brings
to Whitecap a wealth of both practical and commercial experience
within the yachting industry.
Joff Brown studied Yacht Manufacturing Management in
Southampton, graduating in 1998.
Enjoying success preparing inshore racing boats early in his
career, for the last 12 years Joff has specialised in the
management of IMOCA 60s for single-handed offshore racing. Joff has
managed campaigns for Mike Golding, Conrad Humphreys and Dee
Caffari, totalling 4 round the world races and 6 transatlantics,
with 100% of races finished successfully.
Between these projects, Joff has focussed on building
experience in other arenas acting as build project manager
for Green Marine and Neville Hutton Boat Builders on a variety of
projects including IMS, IMOCA and TP52s.
Joff has extensive experience in new build, refit and campaign
management and is currently studying for a diploma in Yacht
Surveying. He is a student member of IIMS and active
Associate Member of the IMOCA class.