Bex Gmuer

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Rigger

Bex joined RigPro in 2020

She has 3 years of experience in the rigging industry.

Bex is an experienced keelboat racer and currently races a TP52 out of Auckland

She sailed aboard Maiden from Auckland to Hawaii in 2019 and has represented New Zealand in the Women’s international match racing series.

She successfully completed the 1270nm Round the North Island 2 handed race in 2020

She speaks English and German.

Andrew Cooke

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Senior Rigger

Andrew joined RigPro in 2019

He has over 26 years of experience in the rigging and engineering industries.

He has previously  owned his own stainless engineering company and has constructed multiple motor boats.

He is a very experienced keelboat racer and has competed in everything from Elliot 5.9s  through to an Orma 60 Trimaran. He currently races aboard a TP52 out of Auckland.

He has 30,000 nm of  bluewater cruising and racing experience under his belt.

Gavin Ninnes

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Trainee Rigger

Gavin joined RigPro in 2020

He is a keen skiff sailor and is currently competing in the 49er skiff regattas.

He trialled for the 49er Olympic team in 2020 but was pipped to the line by Burling and Tuke.

Prior to that he owned a 29er dinghy and competed in international regattas.

Gavin coaches sailing at  Pt Chevalier Yacht Club  and the  French Bay Yacht Club

 

Alex Mitchell-Barker

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Trainee Rigger

Alex joined RigPro in 2019

He has 3 years of experience in the rigging industry.

He is a competitive foiling skiff sailor and is the 2020 NZ Wasp champion.

He is building his own carbon fibre foiling Moth so he can compete at  the next level.

 

Alexis Reeves

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Senior Rigger

Alexis started his career in the marine industry back in 1998 as a boat building apprentice on the south coast of England In 2003 he relocated to New Zealand and diversified from boat building to Yacht rigging. In 2007 he joined RigPro New Zealand. During his time with RigPro he has commissioned and serviced some of the largest sailing yachts in the world.
He is a regular at all the major super yacht events, sailing and offering technical support to the fleet.

Ash Edwards

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Trainee Rigger

Ash joined RigPro in 2018.

Previous to this he was working on superyachts in the refit yard of Orams Marine Services. He also worked on composite boat building projects during his school holidays. Prior to working life he spent 4 years cruising the Pacific and South East Asian regions with his family aboard their Young 50 covering 17000 nm of blue water sailing.

Ash successfully completed the 1270nm Round the North Island 2 handed race in 2020.

He actively races in multiple keel boat regattas on as many days as he can fit in.

Greg Yeo

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Service Manager

Greg joined RigPro in 2019.

He has a total of 30 years of multi-industry operations and Project management experience including; Marine Project management, Commercial Building construction, Lean Manufacturing and Value engineering.

During his time in the commercial industry he was the Senior Project Manager for Tawera Group which completed multiple construction builds and fit outs for high end luxury apartments and commercial office and retail fit outs.

For 4 years he was the Project Co-ordinator at Alloy Yachts during which time his responsibilities included the builds of two of the finest Dubois 44m Sloops, Imagine followed by the mighty Encore.

He spent 16 years as a professional yachtsman on yachts as diverse as offshore racing catamarans to J Class yachts with mast and running rigging as his specialty and has over 120,000 nm of bluewater sailing experience.

Nigel Hawke

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Project Manager

Nigel joined RigPro in 2006

He has over 30 years of experience in the yachting industry.

Shortly after leaving school he worked on boats from 30 feet to 70 feet. He then worked at Southern Spars gaining an in-depth and extensive knowledge across all areas of production including components, spreaders, booms and mast assembly

Nigel is responsible for refits of superyacht rigs and new builds, including complex carbon modifications and repairs.

Nigel manages the RigPro NZ apprenticeship program and assists the next generation of young riggers to develop their full potential as professional riggers.

Scott Simpson

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Technical Manager

Scotty joined RigPro in 2002.

He has over 20 years of experience in the rigging service industry. He started his career working in a small rigging shop in Tauranga, New Zealand. After serving his apprenticeship he moved to Southern Rigging in Auckland which later became RigPro.

Scotty is a very experienced sailor having sailed in a huge variety of yachts including the GC32 foiling catamaran, an ORMA 60 trimaran, grand prix maxis and superyachts.

Tracey Bell

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Accountant

Tracey joined RigPro in 2018.

Tracey is responsible for preparing, analysing and generating the financial statements that display the company’s profits, equity and cash flow. Tracey has a BA in business along with 10 years practical experience. With a strong focus on attention to detail and a conscientious work ethic, Tracey provides invaluable support to the team and assists with business growth.