13 January 2016

Bob Oatley, Wild Oats XI; World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt (videos)

Obituary - Bob Oatley (AUS) : World Sailing"Best known for owning the eight-time Sydney-Hobart-winning yacht Wild Oats XI, Oatley passed away on 10 January 2016 aged 87. He was married with three children. The Australian pioneered winemaking in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia and later ventured in to tourism when he bought Hamilton Island in 2003. An avid yachtsman, Oatley cherished his record eight Sydney-Hobart wins, and in 2012 his yacht Wild Oats XI broke its own record set seven years earlier for the fastest race win at one day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds...."  


Australian Olympic Committee President leads tributes to key sailing supporter Bob Oatley ...
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Wild Oats Carries on the Oatley Name
“With the sailing we will continue, that is what Dad wanted us to do,” Bob's son Sandy told The Australian. “Life continues on, we will just miss our ...
Legend leaves legacy in both sailing and tourism - Mackay Daily Mercury

Above video: Wild Oats XI Evolution - How does a ten year old yacht remain at the forefront of one of the great ocean race classics? With her distinctively narrow hull, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI has beaten all comers for line honours in eight out of the last ten Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. And now her original builders McConaghy Boats have completed her most radical modification yet, with the goal of maintaining her winning ways. Watch the evolution of this concept from idea to reality. Published on Dec 18, 2015

World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt on his new role - World Sailing Vice President Gary Jobson sat down with new World Sailing Chief Executive Officer Andy Hunt. Find out more about the man at the helm of World Sailing, his background and steps moving forward in the video above, published January 11, 2016

World Sailing (formerly ISAF) has appointed Andy Hunt, former CEO of the British Olympic Association and a non-executive Director of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games as its new Chief Executive Officer. -- World Sailing appoints Senior Sports Administrator and International Businessman as its new CEO : World Sailing"World Sailing President Carlo Croce said, "I am delighted that we have found an outstanding candidate to fill the role of CEO. Andy combines exceptional business leadership credentials, with an excellent track record in sports administration, a deep understanding of the Olympic & Paralympic movement, strong relationships with the IOC and ASOIF and enjoys a lifelong passion for Sailing. Andy will work closely with me and the Executive Board to continue to deliver on our vision and strategy for World Sailing." "I am delighted to have been selected by the Executive Board to lead World Sailing," commented Hunt. "It is a real honour to be able to serve a sport that I have participated in since an early age. I look forward to working with all of the stakeholders within our sport to further drive the organisation and sport forward.""

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