Bourke is widely respected within the sailing community and, following his success as CEO of illbruck Challenge, winner of the 2001-2002 Volvo Ocean Race, he has accepted the position, following the retirement of Helge Alten.
Bourke (AUS), a qualified shipwright and naval draughtsman, is no stranger to international yacht racing and campaign management. Among other highly notable achievements in grand prix sailing events such as the America's Cup and the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup, Bourke was Laser World Champion three times in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
Bourke was Australian Yachtsman of the Year in 1989 and 1990 and he also represented Australia in the Finn class at the 1992 Olympic Games. More recently Bourke was Competition and Venue Manager for sailing for the Sydney Olympic Organising Committee, after which he became CEO of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the largest and most highly respected yacht-racing club in Australia, before heading up the successful illbruck Challenge campaign."We are very pleased to welcome Glenn to The Volvo Ocean Race,"
commented Helge Alten, who will remain as a board member. "The Volvo Ocean Race is Volvo's largest and most prestigious event, and it was important for us to take the time to find the person we feel is right to develop the event and take it in the right direction for the future. We were looking for a person who understands our event and who has, amongst other skills, an excellent approach to communication and team management. In Glenn Bourke, we feel that we have found the perfect match."
Bourke, who flew to the UK from New Zealand where he is currently working with Team Dennis Conner in the America's Cup, said, "This is a wonderful opportunity for me to use the experience I have gained with the Sydney Olympic Games and illbruck Challenge, to develop a new boat and course for 2005-2006 edition of the event and reinforce The Volvo Ocean Race as a major sporting event."
Bourke will relocate permanently to Great Britain and will be based at Race Headquarters in Whiteley, Hampshire.