Please select your home edition
MS Amlin 2017 Name Change 728x90

New Regatta Director joins executive management team at Cowes Week Ltd

by Cowes Week Ltd 12 Jan 15:25 GMT 3-10 August 2018
Laurence Mead, new Regatta Director CWL © Cowes Week Ltd

Organisers of the world famous Lendy Cowes Week are delighted to announce the appointment of Laurence Mead as Regatta Director.

Laurence joins the Executive Management Team at Cowes Week Ltd with responsibility for leading all on-the-water aspects of the regatta. He will join existing management team members Kate Johnson, CWL's Commercial and Marketing Director, who will continue to lead the sponsorship and commercial side of the business, Andrew Rayner, responsible for the regatta's results and technology infrastructure, and Chris Pegna, Financial Controller.

Laurence is no stranger to the regatta, having raced in his first Cowes Week in 1982 when he was a sailmaker based in Fareham. Since then he has competed at the regatta many times, on everything from Flying 15s to Class 1 IRC. Laurence is well known to many people on the UK sailing scene from his many years of regular Solent competition and his presidency of the British Etchells class from 2008 to 2012. Internationally he has competed on the World Match Racing Tour, sailed in ocean classics such as the Sydney Hobart and Admiral's Cup and has represented Hong Kong as skipper in five RORC Commodores' Cup events here in Cowes. Laurence brings an intimate knowledge of the sport to the Executive Team as well as a strong commercial background, gained during a business career as CEO of several international companies based in Hong Kong.

Commenting on his appointment, Laurence said "I am delighted to be joining the Cowes Week Ltd team and being a part of something which to my mind is the best festival of boat racing in the world. It doesn't matter in which class you sail there's strong but friendly competition throughout and the Solent always delivers great racing in everything from 5 to 30 knots of wind. I'm looking forward to helping take the event forward based on its amazing history and heritage but keeping it modern and in-line with current developments in the sailing world.'

Chairman of Cowes Week Limited (CWL), Peter Taylor, added: "We're delighted to welcome Laurence to the team and look forward to working with him to continue the evolution of one of the world's flagship regattas. We have an exciting year ahead with entries already looking very promising for the 2018 edition of Lendy Cowes Week".

Related Articles

2018 Lendy Cowes Week overall
A return to gentle conditions with a light southerly breeze The final day of Lendy Cowes Week saw a return to gentle conditions, with starts taking place in a light southerly breeze that gradually built to an unsteady 8-12 knots in the early afternoon. Posted on 12 Aug
Fatality at Lendy Cowes Week
Competitor dies while racing in high winds The team at Lendy Cowes Week are extremely sad to confirm the death of one of our competitors while racing here today (Friday 10th August). Posted on 10 Aug
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 6
Plenty of challenging tactical decisions for the navigators A combination of light and shifty north-westerly winds of 6-12 knots and strong tides provided a day of close racing and gave navigators plenty of challenging tactical decisions on day six of Lendy Cowes Week. Posted on 9 Aug
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 5
Gusts nearing 25 knots in the early afternoon A change in the weather today gave a cooler and windier day, with gusts nearing 25 knots in the early afternoon. Thousands of sailors came ashore sporting big grins after an energetic day that saw many thrills and spills on the downwind legs. Posted on 8 Aug
Tracy Edwards scoops Lendy Ladies Day Trophy
A big day for The Maiden Factor at Lendy Cowes Week The annual Ladies Day returned to Lendy Cowes Week on Tuesday 7th August, this year supported by Title Sponsor Lendy, with a number of celebrations culminating in the announcement that Tracy Edwards was the winner of the Ladies Day Trophy. Posted on 7 Aug
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 4
Wild fluctuations in the wind with some gusts over 20 knots on Ladies Day After a relaxed morning waiting for a breeze to build, teams at Lendy Cowes Week were thoroughly tested today by a series of wild fluctuations in the wind that accompanied short showers that passed over the race area this afternoon. Posted on 7 Aug
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 3
A classic sea breeze day Competitors enjoyed a fabulous classic sea breeze day, after a long postponement while race officials waited for the wind to arrive. They were rewarded with a stable 10-15 knot south westerly breeze on another warm and almost cloudless day. Posted on 6 Aug
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 2
Family Day deliveres stunning conditions Family Day at Lendy Cowes Week delivered stunning conditions with unbroken sun and a solid east south-easterly breeze of 9-12 knots. The best winds of the day were predicted to be in the eastern Solent, so all classes started towards the east. Posted on 5 Aug
2018 Lendy Cowes Week day 1
A gloriously sunny and tactically challenging day The opening day of Lendy Cowes Week delivered a gloriously sunny and tactically challenging day of racing for the 35 classes taking part. Posted on 4 Aug
Countdown to Lendy Cowes Week 2018
Offering particular classes the type of racing they want The format for Lendy Cowes Week is well known and loved, but we are looking to build on the traditional areas of the regatta by offering particular classes the type of racing they want and making the event modern and forward-looking for everybody. Posted on 28 Jul