Tall Ships Races (Europe) Limited

Knut Western
Knut has a higher university degree from a humanistic faculty. He has now retired from his position as head of information with the Fredrikstad City Council and was Chairman of the Norwegian Sail Training Association 2005 - 2009. He is a yacht enthusiast and has been involved with the Tall Ships Races since 1997, occasionally participating as a trainee. Contact Knut Western –knutwestern@gmail.com 

Paul Bishop
Paul joined Sail Training International in July 2006 from the UK national sail training organisation, ASTO, where he was Business Manager. Prior to that he served in various management functions with sail training providers, was a frequent competitor (skipper) in The Tall Ships Races, and Assistant Race Director for these races (1987-93). He is an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean Instructor and Examiner, and past member of the RYA Yachtmaster Qualification Panel. 

Paul started his career as a professional seafarer at the age of 21 mainly skippering sail training vessels around Europe. He has completed several trans-Atlantic crossings and went out to Australia and Tasmania during which time he skippered a vessel in the Australian Bicentennial Tall Ships Race.  He retains his commercial licence and regularly sails as a volunteer skipper for a UK sail training charity. He has been a keen racer entering regattas such as Cowes Week. He also regularly cruises his own yacht with his family and sails a Dart 18 catamaran with his wife. 

Contact Paul Bishop – paul.bishop@sailtraininginternational.org 

Gwyn Brown
Most of Gwyn’s career has been in manufacturing and technology companies in various roles including Business Manager, Business Development Director and Managing Director.  Before joining Sail Training International he was General Manager of the European subsidiary of an American aerospace company where he was responsible for European marketing, business development, customer relationship management, strategy formulation and company administration.
Contact Gwyn Brown – gwyn.brown@sailtraininginternational.org 

Ron Dadswell OBE
Ron gained his 1st Mates Certificate in the Merchant Navy before joining the British Army.  He retired as a Colonel in 1992 to become the Sail Training Association's Race Director. He sailed as navigator and chief officer on the schooners Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller.  He has also sailed on Lord Nelson, Tenacious, Stavros S Niarchos, the Japanese Kaisei, the Polish Henryk Rutowski and the Australian Bark Endeavour. Ron is a trustee of the UK Association of Sail Training Organisations and was its chairman for 10 years until 2010.  He was awarded an OBE in 2007 in recognition of his Services to Sail Training.
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Christer Samuelsson
After a few years in the Swedish Navy and merchant navy, his career has been in a variety of positions with Burmeister & Wain and MAN-B&W where he is currently a director of its Swedish company and a member of the board of Hempel Paint A/S.
Contact Christer Samuelsson – christer.samuelsson@sailtraininginternational.org  

Robin Snouck Hurgronje

During Robin’s 36-year career in The Royal Netherlands Navy he commanded two submarines, a frigate and a fast combattant supply ship as well as being Military Attache in Turkey and Romania. As a cadet he experienced his first Tall Ships Race in 1968, participating in many races as a captain on all kind of sail training vessels since. His last command was the Stad Amsterdam.

In 2002 Robin joined the STI Race Operations Committee (ROC), later becoming chairman, as well as a Director of Tall Ships Races Europe. He is also chairman of the Sail Training Association Netherlands.


Contact Robin Snouck Hurgronje - a.snouckhurgronje@quicknet.nl or ra.snouckhurgronje@hotmail.com

Anni G. Walther
Anni is the Managing Director of the Utzon Center, Aalborg. Her earlier career was spent as an administrative manager in Aalborg Municipality.  She was Chairman for the Steering Committee for The Tall Ships Races in Aalborg in 1999, 2004 and 2010.
Contact Anni G. Walther – anni.walther@sailtraininginternational.org