Shirley Robertson OBE assumes lead of Superyacht Racing Association
Credit: Juerg Kaufmann

Shirley Robertson OBE assumes head of SuperYacht Racing Association

5 March 2024 • by Gabrielle Lazaridis

The SuperYacht Racing Association (SYRA) has appointed Shirley Robertson OBE to the role of manager, taking place with immediate effect. 

Robertson boasts a wealth of experience in superyacht racing, becoming the first British woman to win multiple Olympic gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games for sailing. She also spent 15 years as the host of CNN International's television sports series "CNN Mainsail", and has presented coverage for several high-profile sailing events, including the America's Cup regatta and numerous Olympic Games. 

"We are delighted to have Shirley assume the role of manager of the SYRA, taking the lead of an organisation that is essential to superyacht racing," said SYRA chairperson Kate Branagh. "The last decade saw many crucial areas addressed to enhance safe sailing and fair racing in this unique segment of sailboat racing. The SYRA’s priorities have shifted in recent years to fleet building, achieving more broad-based participation and expanding membership in the association, areas that Shirley will excel in."

Speaking on her appointment, Robertson added: "Yacht racing is a life long passion of mine, and the superyacht series has been one of our sport's shining lights for some time [...] Expanding on the excellent work already done by the team at the SYRA while helping grow our membership at this exciting time in our sport is something I am really looking forward to."