The team

  • David AitkenDavid Aitken MSc (Brunel). CEng. MRINA. MIMechE. MICE.

    The Naval Architect who designed the 2004 Blue Riband Atlantic Challenger in 2001. Unfortunately American sponsorship was withdrawn at this sensitive political time and the concept remained on the drawing board.

    David has since produced a revised concept and preliminary design for the 80metre twin gas turbine powered Atlantic Challenger for the next Blue Riband Challenge. He has completely re-designed the original craft and added patentable high-technology, features which will have wide post-event appeal, both to the military and commercial sectors alike.

    The engineering project management function for the Maricuda Atlantic Challenge is provided by David to ensure that the finished craft is produced to the required specification, on time and within budget.

    Mark LelloMark Lello LL.B, BMLA, BMF, LL.M, CF, ATMA


    Mark is a qualified Yachtmaster with Commercial Endorsement and a former student of Atlantic College which designed the ‘Atlantic 21′ inshore lifeboat for the RNLI.  A grandson of the Chief Electronics Designer of Concorde he is also a veteran of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge of 1984. He is Managing Partner of Parker Bullen LLP, a law firm that is committed to the marine industry, including advising designers and owners of yachts, super-yachts and other maritime craft. Mark has also recently taken an LL.M at the University of Bristol, including a postgraduate Diploma in the International Law of the Sea.

    Peter KnightbridgePeter Knightbridge

    Documentation Control Engineer / Onshore Communications Operator

    Works Manager in Portsmouth Naval Dock Yard; Company Manager, Babcock; Contract Manager (MoD Contracts);  QC & all documentation, personnel training, design consultant to MoD to verify fit for purpose systems required; Contracts Manager (MoD Contracts), Management in charge of multi-task teams of new MoD navy ship build with BAe Systems, Portsmouth. Peter will compile and file all relevant documents for the craft.

    Charlie Charles

    Charlie Charles

    Gas Turbine Engineer

    Royal Navy Chief Engineer on the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, working with Rolls-Royce; Worked with NATO as a generator and air-conditioning engineer, Rolls-Royce Ex Olympus engines (as used on Concorde); BAe Systems QC Engineer, Portsmouth

    Toni Ferraro

    Toni Ferraro

    Sonar and FLIR Engineer

    RAF Trained Aircraft Electrical/Avionics QA Engineer, QINETIQ Boscombe Down has worked on Airbus and Helicopters,  BAe Systems QC Engineer

    Adrian AJ FilerAdrian (AJ) Filer

    Radar and Comms Engineer

    Ex RAF Avionics Engineer has worked for BAe Systems, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin; PADI Diving Instructor and Medic First Aid

    Richard SleeRichard Slee
    Director of Lookout Media, a video production company using professionals from BBC and ITV to record each significant stage of the Maricuda Atlantic Challenge project.

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