PHILIPPE SAAD <br>Team Principal and Skipper 1 1 Philippe is a yachting professional who started his business, Eden Yachting, in 2009, selling and chartering some of the world’s most beautiful sailing yachts.

Over the past 20 years, he has cruised and raced numerous yachts locally and internationally. He has also run a series of successful sponsorship campaigns including WTS Energy (2 years), Carat (3 years), GigaWorks (2 years), Oceanwide Logistics (2 years) and Exalto Emirates/Cigisped (1 year) racing competitively in the UAE’s top regattas.  For the past year he has been competing in the Dubai Offshore Series on ‘Swordfish’, his Pacific 50.

Prior to setting up his own business, Philippe worked for the BBC for 6 years. He is an RYA Offshore Commercial Yachtmaster, and has over 20,000 nautical miles logged in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Middle East, Indian Ocean and Asia.

Besides yachting, Philippe is also a keen pilot and has been flying fixed wing aircrafts since 1996 gaining a bird’s eye view of his favourite cruising grounds.

Philippe has an MBA from Strathclyde Business School in Scotland and speaks fluent English, French, Italian and Arabic.