Tuesday, 27 October (1900hrs - 2100hrs) Poolside

Internationally renowned in yacht racing, Australian Grant Simmer has been involved in America’s Cup campaigns for over 32 years. He was navigator onboard the 1983 Australia II Challenge and win. Grant later joined Alinghi as Design Co-coordinator and Co-Managing Director based in Valencia. He is currently the COO of Oracle Team USA.

Grant has been campaigning Etchells for almost as long as he has AC experience with top results a second place in the Etchells World Championships racing with Graeme Taylor and Steve Jarvin. He has also won two Etchells Australian National Championships with John Bertrand and Andrew Palfrey.

Grant is a co-owner of North Sails Australia and is racing with skipper Graeme Taylor onboard Magpie in the 2015 Etchells World Championships here in Hong Kong.

As a two-time Etchells World Champion, Andrew Palfrey is no stranger to the international Etchells fleets.  He took top place in 1999 with Cameron Miles and James Mayo and in 2011 with John Bertrand and Tom Slingsby.  Andrew (aka Dog) has won the Etchells Australian National Championship four times all with John Bertrand at the helm, and with other top sailing names such as Grant Simmer, Tom Slingsby and Ben Ainslie onboard in different years. 

Spanning the globe with titles, he won the North American Etchells Championships in 2014, has won the British Etchells Nationals, the 5.5 World Championships and campaigned a Star for the Olympics in 2008 with Iain Murray.  Andrew has more recently been coaching the Artemis America’s Cup team for the 34th AC Challenge and is racing with Chris Hampton onboard Tango in the 2015 Etchells World Championships here in Hong Kong.


We are delighted to welcome both Grant and Andrew to the Club, where they will be interviewed by Laurence Mead at the poolside. All members are welcome to attend and show their support, and to take part in the Q&A session after the interview.

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