The Executive Team behind the Portugal Ocean Race is experienced and diversified. Led by race founder Brian Hancock, along with co-founder Ricardo Diniz and Race Director Larry Rosenfeld, the Portugal Ocean Race is in good and capable hands.
Race Director and CEO
Overal Race Management
Rosenfeld, a highly successful businessman turned professional sailor, will fill the key role of Event CEO and Race Director. A lifelong sailor who has sailed just about every kind of boat from dinghys to Super Multihulls, Rosenfeld is uniquely qualified to manage the Portugal Ocean Race and act as Race Director while the event is underway.
In 1999 Rosenfeld sold his multi-million dollar software development company to ORACLE in order to pursue his sailing ambitions. He co-founded Team Adventure and along with Cam Lewis built a massive 110-foot super catamaran to compete in The Race, a nonstop circumnavigation of the world. Rosenfeld filled the vital role as navigator for the trip and also navigated, along with sailing legend Olivier de Kersauson, the maxi-trimaran Geronimo when they set a transpacific record from Los Angeles to Yokohama.
Global Media Relations and Communications
With over a quarter million miles of offshore sailing experience including three Whitbread-Round-the-World race campaigns to his credit, Hancock is imminently qualified to take on the responsibility of communicating the event to a global audience.
As co-founder of the Portimão Global Ocean Race and Communications Director for a number of global sailing races over the last decade including the Around Alone and Oryx Quest, Brian is in a unique position to promote and conduct media relations for the Portugal Ocean Race.
As the author of six books, Brian is also a sought-out motivational speaker and presenter.
Co-Founder & President
Global Marketing and Event Management
Originally from a fishing village in Portugal, Ricardo has travelled the world fast and furious as an offshore sailor and young entrepreneur. At the grand age of 22 he was living it large as a captain in the Caribbean making his first decent money, which he promptly invested in his sailing projects and first company. By the age of 24 Ricardo had approached over 4000 companies around the world. His day to day was about hitting up big companies for big bucks to fund big dreams. Most of them said NO! This tough, often soul destroying trek, proved to be essential in defining his passion for excellence and team work. For years Ricardo has passionately promoted Portugal globally through creative sailing and educational projects, now making him one of the most sought after speakers in schools, universities and companies. Co-Founder and President of the Portugal Ocean Race, Ricardo is on a mission to create “… the world’s leading around the world yacht race as the ultimate way to communicate Portugal’s incredible maritime and business potential to the world”.
Safety for the Portugal Ocean Race fleet
Olympic sailor and multiple World Championship title holder, Cam Lewis was aboard Commodore Explorer when they became the first boat to race around the world in less than 80 days.
Cam is co-owner and skipper of Team Adventure and skippered the boat to third place in The Race, a non-stop race around the world for maxi-multihulls. Cam is known throughout the sailing community as a top racing skipper, able to extract the most from his team and boat.
He is a past winner of the America’s Cup & holds numerous ocean sailing records and world titles.
HUGO VASQUES LOPES
Music & Events Director
The action on land that will capture your heart.
Hugo is a man passionate about his roots. A true Algarve local he was born and bred in the small coastal town of Tavira, where he also married and lives with their two young children. Super dynamic and a natural communicator, Hugo generates loyalty and friendship all around. With over 15 years of experience in national and international events, he is a creative work horse and loves putting ideas into practice. Hard working and a fast learner, Hugo holds a Degree in Ciências da Comunicação e da Cultura - Especialidade em gestão de Eventos Culturais, (Communication Sciences and Culture) which means he’s the man for the job! His mission is to bring the circus to town and keep everyone happy and entertained.