Meet our Crew
Holly Manvell 🇬🇧
Holly is responsible for the running of Clean Sailors. She has a keen interest in environmental science and oceanography and is an advocate for the protection of our ecosystems, particularly where water quality is concerned. With over a thousand nautical miles of sailing under her belt, a core background in business, from private-equity ownership to listed companies, and experience with United Nations Association, United Nations Global Compact and various other international development organisations, Holly set up Clean Sailors to engage sailors and water-lovers in safeguarding the future of their passion – the sea. She's a Sustainable Ocean Alliance Ocean Leader and Henri-Lloyd Pioneer.
Libby Allen 🇬🇧
Libby leads our team on Science, helping us to understand and communicate the real impact we are having on the world around us. She's a Master in Oceanography, has done several research studies on microplastics AND is a champion sailor. By 13 years old, Libby was competing in sailing across the UK and became the youngest ever person to win a National Championship race in the double-handed Enterprise dinghy class. Libby is also a sailing and paddleboard instructor who teaches her students as much about protecting the marine environment, as mastering their boat or board.
Lukas Hesse 🇩🇪
Lukas is a professional 49er sailor in the German Sailing Team, German Champion 2020 and a proud Ambassador of Clean Sailors! As well as training for medals in the Olympic Games in 2024 and 2028, Lukas has a passionate interest in protecting the our waters and joins the team to help further our word of clean sailing within the dinghy and professional sailing communities. Lukas started sailing Optimists at the age of six on the beautiful Lake Chiemsee in Bavaria, Germany, and has been hooked ever since. These days, you can find him training in Kiel and all over Europe!
Mo Funani 🇿🇦
Mo is passionate about sailing and ocean health initiatives. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, (we know, jealous!) he is a sailor, environment ambassador and Co-founder and director of Offshore Yacht Services. Mo also sits on the L26 Class Association of South Africa Committee, responsible for growing and promoting sailing in the Western Cape. With a Bachelors degree in Sports Management, Mo is fascinated by science and technology and how they come to come together to develop handicap systems in the sailing world. He's also on his way to becoming an Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) measurer.
Sandra Marichal 🇫🇷🇬🇧
Sandra has sailed over 30,000nm on the Clipper Yacht Race 2019/20 on UNICEF UK and authored 'The Round the World Wanderer' - a children's book inspired by her adventures. She is very passionate about environmental protection & impact investing. Sandra founded #Up2degrees, a movement that successfully lobbied the Singaporean government to reduce the impact of aircon. As an UN Women Ambassador, she has gone on expeditions to Antarctica and raised thousands of dollars to support women in rural communities who are the first victims of climate change. She joined Clean Sailors to help develop our upcycling and recycling initiatives, so we can reduce the impact of our sailing industry on our oceans and wider environment.