Boat CaptainGBRMatt AdamsBoat Captain
Wing TrimmerGBRWill AllowayWing Trimmer
Will Alloway has recently graduated from Plymouth University with a degree in Maritime Law. From an early age Alloway wanted to make sailing his life. He learnt in dinghies, following the RYA’s development route into two-handed skiffs and has won a number of titles, notably the 29er (Youth skiff class) Nationals in 2012.
Until recently, Alloway was campaigning for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 49er class with Henry Lloyd Williams.. He had a Sporting Excellence Scholarship from Plymouth University which helped him to fund his sailing dream, travelling to events around the world with the 49er.
In his spare time, Will enjoys shooting.
Project ManagerGBRRob AndrewsProject Manager
Currently living in Titchfiled, Rob is the Project Manager for the Land Rover BAR Academy. He has lots of experience in the sailing world having been an Olympic sailing coach for twenty years since 1984. In addition to that, Rob was the Sailing / Venue Manager for the London 2012 Olympics. During the ACWS Portsmouth, Rob acted as Racing Director for Team Origin Events. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and going on long bike rides.
Owen's role on the Land Rover BAR Academy team is helmsman. He is currently studying Mathematics BSC at the University of Bath alongside training for an Olympic Campaign in the Nacra17. Owen has taken to developing his sailing techniques through a large variety of classes and crew partnerships and has been crowned 29er National Champion, RS Feva World Champion and competed in the Red Bull Foiling Generation (5th/6th). In his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano and being out on his bike.
Bowman / FloatMatt BrushwoodBowman / Float
Matt joins the Land Rover BAR Academy as bowman / float after a successful trial at Act 3 of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series in Madeira. He started sailing at eight years old and proceeded into Toppers, competing at World and National events. In 2012, Matt won the NSSA Mount Hayes trophy. He went on to sail Lasers and 29ers at National level before getting into yacht racing. Matt has competed with high level teams such as Invictus, Ker 40+ winning various National Championships as well as competing in many offshore races in the Fastnet such as Round Ireland Race and Middle Sea Race. He has also helped Team Auqa, RC44, with some shore team work. Matt studied BEng Yacht Production and Surveying at Southampton University and enjoys clay pigeon shooting, tennis and a round of golf in his spare time.
Jib TrimmerGBROli GreberJib Trimmer
Oli has always had a passion for sport but his real interest for sailing took off at the age of 6, when his parents took him Optimist sailing on a small lake. A few years later he joined his local sailing club - Pevensey Bay Sailing Club, Eastbourne and trained in a Topper before being accepted to join the RYA Youth Squad. After training hard, Oli moved up into the multihulls and advanced through to the National Squad. At the age of 17, he won the first of two youth national championships which led going to the ISAF Youth Worlds twice and winning Bronze in 2013 in Cyprus - a career highlight so far. At the same time as applying for the Land Rover BAR Academy, Oli also carried out a 3 month internship with the Land Rover BAR Shore Team, learning vital boat building and rigging skills. His passion for elite sport lead him to studying Sport & Exercise Science at Portsmouth University, where he is currently in his final year.
Jib Trimmer / FloatGBRAdam KayJib Trimmer / Float
21 year old Adam Kay, from Southampton, joins the Land Rover BAR Academy as Jib Trimmer / Float. Kay worked his way up through the RYA's Junior and Youth squads alongside studying for a Level 2 in Boat Building at Southampton City College and working at GP Sails gaining key sailmaking and rigging skills. He began racing on yachts and has crewed on everything from Quarter Tonners through J122's, First 40, J109's and GP42s. Foiling in the Nacra 20 introduced Adam to the world of high performance catamarans. At the age of 17, he was asked to help out on the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) circuit for its then sponsor, Land Rover. Adam continues to work at GP Sails when he's not training or sailing for the Land Rover BAR Academy. Other hobbies include snowboarding.
Main TrimmerGBRMark SpearmanMain Trimmer
Mark, originally from Perth, AUS joins the Land Rover BAR Academy as Main Trimmer and tactician. Sailing since the age of 8, he has always had a passion for water based activities. Mark came through the single-handed pathway from Optimists to Lasers taking 6 Australian youth national championships with him on the way including 3 in lasers, one in match racing and a couple in teams racing. Marks best individual achievement to date is winning the ISAF Youth Worlds in the Laser Radial in 2012 Dun Laoghaire.
The last two years Mark has spent on the World Match Racing Tour sailing with Sam Gilmour’s Neptune racing, the team’s biggest achievement last year was being ranking world number one as well as 3 top 5 world tour level results. In his spare time, Mark enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding and doing pretty much anything in the water.
Sailing Team Lead CoachGBRAndrew WalshSailing Team Lead Coach
Andrew 'Walshy' Walsh is the Land Rover BAR Academy's Lead Coach. Walshy graduated from Exeter Univeristy with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science whilst managing an intense sailing career. He competed in a number of youth European and National championships in the Laser class, holds wins in the multihull national championships in F18's and Tornado as well as ranked top ten in the world during his Torando Olympic Campaign from 2004 -2008. Walshy also competed as helm in the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) for a number of years and later went on to coach Oman The Wave team to a successful win during the Extreme Sailing Series 2015. In 2014, Walshy placed 6th at the Worlds in a Nacra. Walshy also coaches olympic class sailing (49er, Nacra and Laser). In his spare time, he enjoys windsurfing, kiting and cycling.