The team

RigPro is the only rigging services company with a global team of professionally qualified engineers with decades of experience in rig and rigging design, upgrades, retuning, reviews and repairs. With this experience, our team is incomparable in terms of superyacht and grand prix yacht servicing.

Our team can be mobilized to travel anywhere in the world to handle the

management and maintenance of a project as well as carry out surveys and inspections. At RigPro, we pride ourselves on providing an unmatched level of customer care throughout the lifecycle of the rig, and we are able to adapt rapidly to any of our clients requirements and needs.

For a team you can rely on, get in touch with RigPro.

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Stefano Scarpa

Management

Managing Director

Stefano is responsible for RigPro globally and he joined RigPro mid-2017. Previously Stefano developed the largest international superyacht survey and technical consultancy practice. Stefano is a multifaceted superyacht and maritime professional with almost 20 years’ experience in management, business development, strategy, marketing and sales, project management and design/engineering consulting complemented by technical and business qualifications (CEng and MBA). An effective Business Manager and Leader having identified business opportunities and developed them from strategic planning to sales. A proficient Senior Consultant/Project Manager having delivered outstanding results on several multimillion projects, achieving optimal solutions for client and employer. Stefano speaks English, Italian and Spanish.

Chris Walker

ManagementProject Management

Business Manager RigPro Europe

Chris started working for RigPro in New Zealand at the start of 2015 before moving to Palma in the summer of 2017 to develop RigPro in Europe. A background in industrial design and award winning Superyacht refits make Chris uniquely qualified to understand our customers’ needs and to deliver tailored projects.

Tomeu Genovard

FinanceManagement

Finance Manager

Tomeu joined RigPro in 2018, previously he was at Ernst & Young where he covered a senior position. He has almost 20 years of international experience in finance and accounting having worked in several countries, mostly in the UK, Spain and the USA and sectors including engineering, construction and tourism. Tomeu speaks English, Spanish and Catalan.  

Steve Young

ManagementDesign

Service Design Manager

Steve moved from New Zealand to become the first member of RigPro Palma in the beginning of 2017. He has almost 20 years of mast and boom design experience with both Southern Spars and Marten Spars. As a qualified engineer he was formerly responsible for Southern Spars boom engineering and assisting to manage the engineering team, he has been involved in the design of hundreds of rigs. Steve has extensive experience in the construction of composites, as well as mechanical and hydraulic systems. He has a passion for sailing with extensive racing experience to a national title level in New Zealand. Steve can advise on all engineering aspects including damage repair, NDT and upgrades.

Hamish Miller

ManagementRigging TechnicalProject Management

Service Manager

Hamish joined RigPro in 2018 but he had a long standing working relationship with RigPro. He has more than 10 years of experience in rigging services and projects including commissioning of new rigs, warranty repairs, emergency damage repairs and service maintenance. Hamish consistently provided outstanding service to customers, developing its excellent reputation in the rigging service sector.

Andrew James

Design

Service Designer

Andrew joined RigPro in 2018, he is a highly skilled design engineer with six years of experience in rig and rigging design engineering. Before joining RigPro Andrew was the lead rig designer in Southern Spars Cape Town. He is proficient in AutoCAD and SolidWorks and he is also an avid sailor

David Bastos

Project Management

Assistant Project Manager David joined RigPro Palma on 2019 to help with the management of projects. He is a naval architect and marine engineer, and he has experience on the yacht industry. Prior to joining RigPro, he worked as project manager in Palma for a yacht repair and refit yard. He speaks Spanish and English.

Johan Ebersohn

SalesManagement

Service Manager

Johan started working in the Future Fibres Service Department in 2013 and have been managing RigPro rigging service since 2015. With a strong commitment and background in customer relationship and project management, Johan and his rigging service team`s focus is on offering RigPro customers unapparelled service solutions and only the highest level of customer intimacy and service support.

Antonio Medina

Sales

Assistant Service Manager

Toni joined RigPro Valencia in 2019 to strengthen commercial efforts with a strong focus on customer care and direct client support. With a successful background in sales strategy and sales analytics, Toni assists with offering service solutions customers can benefit from to guarantee optimal performance of their rigging products.  

Anais Raices

Administration

Project Administrator

Anais joined RigPro in mid-2019, first working for the Valencia office as an administrative assistant and later on joining RigPro Palma as Project Administrator. She has a background in office administration in different fields and organizations in Venezuela, the US and Spain, including healthcare facilities, academic institutions and the tourism industry. Anais speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and is highly oriented to teamwork and collaboration, working closely with the Project Managers and the finance team to facilitate customer support and satisfaction  

Agustín Zabalúa

Project Management

Project Manager

Agustin joined RigPro Valencia in 2016 and is responsible for managing projects and customer requirements in accordance with expectations. As a passionate sailor, Agustin brings an intimate technical on-the-water knowledge skillset to the business to maximise service solutions customers can benefit from to guarantee optimal performance of their rigging products.

Francis Cuello

Standing Rigging TechnicalManagement

Service Operations Supervisor

Francis joined Future Fibres as a manufacturing rigging technician in 2010 and since 2015 as head of service operations at our service facility. Francis is responsible for managing workshop service at operational level with a strong focus on project-process scheduling, Quality Control/Quality Assurance management and leadership support across the technical service team.

Juan Rodríguez

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Operations Assistant Supervisor

Juan joined Future Fibres as a manufacturing rigging technician in 2012 and since 2017 as the service operations coordinator. With over 400 service projects completed and shipped annually, Juan oversee the daily priorities of the technical team to assure lean service process and protocol is managed efficiently to meet project and customer expectations.

Jesús Hinarejos

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Operations Quality Controller

Jesus joined RigPro Valencia as a rigging service technician in 2015 and is also responsible for our service quality control/quality assurance implementation process in accordance with rigorous established standards.

Javier Garcia

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Operations Assistant Supervisor

Javi Joined Future Fibres as a manufacturing rigging technician in 2014 and is an integral member of the workshop technical service team since 2015. With over 400 service projects completed and shipped annually, Javi assists with overseeing the daily priorities of the technical team to assure lean service process and protocol is managed efficiently to meet project and customer expectations.

Manuel Montalban

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Technician

Manel joined RigPro Valencia as service technician in 2017. Manel is responsible for all technical rigging inspections in accordance with established protocol.

Ramón Díaz

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Technician

Ramon joined RigPro Valencia as service technician in 2017 and works in the Aramid rigging section of operations.

Rafael Aranda

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Technician

Rafa joined RigPro Valencia as service technician in 2017 with a core focus on the braiding process which requires a superior level of technical expertise and attention to detail.

José Alberola

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Technician

José joined RigPro Valencia as service technician in 2017 and is responsible for all painting works and associated process implementation.

Erik Bernström

Management

Business Manager

Nigel Hawke

Project Management

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.

Ash Edwards

Rigging Technical

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.

Scott Simpson

ManagementRigging Technical

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

Finance

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.

Kristen Sneyd

Administration

Office Manager

Kristen joined RigPro in 2014. She has 30 years of experience in the GP racing yacht and superyacht industry. She has worked on an incredible six Americas Cup campaigns as well as a Whitbread round the world race, including Oracle Racing (2010 to 2013), BMW Oracle Racing (2003 to 2007) the winners of the Americas Cup; Team New Zealand (1994 to 2003) and the successful Tokio Whitbread Campaign (1992-1994).

Greg Yeo

Management

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.

Andrew Cooke

Rigging Technical

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.

Bex Gmuer

Rigging Technical

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.

Alexis Reeves

Rigging Technical

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.

Josh Pearl

Project Management

Project Manager

Josh joined RigPro in 2017. He has over 10 years’ experience in the boatbuilding industry where he qualified in wooden and composite boatbuilding. He joined Southern Spars in 2010 as a composite engineer where he led their pre-preg lamination team, gaining invaluable knowledge of all of our customised products. Josh provides our customers with world class professional service.

Gavin Ninnes

Rigging Technical

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

Rigging Technical

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.  

Thomas Elmore

Design

Service Designer

Thomas (Tom) joined the RigPro team in 2020, after moving to Europe from New Zealand. He has a background in mechanical engineering and joined the RigPro team with close to 5 years’ experience in composite and mechanical design at Southern Spars NZ. Thomas has experience with mast and boom laminate design, global rig analysis, as well as mechanical and hydraulic systems. He has a passion for sailing and brings this enthusiasm to his design work at RigPro.

Declan Clamp

Project Management

Assistant Project Manager

Declan joined Rig Pro in late 2020. Having been involved in mast and rigging service work for the last 10 years he has now joined Rig Pro as a Assistant Project Manager. Roles including Rig master on Black Peal and Sales for Marlow ropes give Declan a excellent understanding of freestanding rigs and running rigging requirements.

Jamie Webster

Project Management

Assistant Project Manager

Jamie joined the RigPro Europe team in 2020 as an Assistant Project Manager. Having grown up sailing and gone on to work as engineer on prestigious sailing superyachts, Jamie is well equipped to understand our clients needs. His knowledge of superyacht systems means he is able to assist in offering a well-integrated approach to yacht service

Matt Lyon

Project Management

Project Manager

Matt joined RP in 2020 as Project Manager/Senior technician. With over 20 years’ experience in the marine industry, Matt brings a wealth of resource from the Boatbuilding, Composites, Rigging and Engineering professions. Having spent time at Future Fibres building VO 70 race rigs, he has an in-depth knowledge of composite mast production. Matt brings Management and production skills from time working at Magma Structures Building and delivering the world’s largest masts, working as Senior team leader in Quality Assurance and General workshop management. Matt then went on to carry out all rig inspection, service and repair works on SYA and Black Pearl since commissioning, and continues now as the RigPro Account Manager for the Freestanding mast projects. He has also carried out Build Management and consultancy work for prototype composites projects at the university of Strathclyde’s Lightweight Manufacturing Centre. Matt has an Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and is a dual Australian/UK Citizen.

Francesco Pizzuto

Management

RigPro Italy Owner and Managing Director

 

Elisa Simoncini

Sales

Sales Department

 

Patrik Pollidori

Design

Technical Department

 

Alessio Zucchi

Project Management

Service Manager and Project Manager

 

Fabrizio Lisco

Project Management

Project Manager

Fabrizio Joined RigPro in 2021, at the end of 36th America’s Cup that he did with Luna Rossa as rigger. He has more than 12 years of experience in rigging service and projects including planned service, repairs, and emergency jobs. Fabrizio started his career in the sailing world in 1999, after 9 years of racing in dinghy class, he started to work as a junior rigger and sailor on racing boats. Later he was project manager and boat captain in winning yachts in a variety of sailing classes. Since 2009 he has focussed on rigging serviced including running rigging, rigs and rigging service and rigs commissioning. He has worked as Senior Rigger and shore crew in both TP 52 and Super Yacht. Fabrizio is still an active professional sailor in both superyachts and GP and regularly attend the major sailing events and races. He is always available to provide technical support to all the yachts that work with RigPro.

Russell Whitworth

Project Management

RigPro Specialist and Project Manager

With a strong, wide-ranging skillset, Russell joins us equipped with 20 years’ experience in the industry. From working as crew to owning and operating an independent rigging business for over a decade, he has built a long-standing working relationship with RigPro—completing refits, new builds, and repairs alongside our team of service professionals on projects like Hetairos and My Song. His 250k+Nm and years of inshore and offshore racing with some of the world’s most eminent Yachts and Superyachts – including Sydney to Hobarts, Caribbean 600s, Middle Sea Races, Fastnets, and Transatlantic races – make him a fantastic asset to the team. Continuing his face-to-face work with members of the industry he’ll be assisting in all areas of RigPro’s service offering.