We love sailing and technologies and we want to transmit our passion.

Learn how the new technolgies can improve your sailing experience.

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Presencial Courses

Sailing schools and yacht clubs host our group courses; they are a mix of theory and hands on exercises with hardware and software provided by our partners to learn all the secrets of technology onboard sailing boats!

Online Courses

Learn Anytime Anywhere with our Online Courses; they are the most versatile, cheap and easy way for our students to learn directly from home! We accept a limited number of people every course to be able to answer alla your questions!

On Boat Courses

We have got our own boats in Italy and Spain and we organise courses onboard to have a full immersion experience!

Custom Courses

If you are an owner or you have got a sailing team we organise custom courses tailor made on your needs and to help you to sail your boat at it’s best, learning the secrets of the system that you have onboard!



How to approach the regatta with a “modern” approach looking at numbers


Introduction on how electronics help us during cruising and racing


Network, protocols, sensors, screens, processor… An introduction.


Batteries, wires, alternators, fuses, multimeter… An introduction.


Charts, weather models, boat performance and strategy. All the pillars of the routing with modern softwares.


What are the concepts behind calibration, why do we calibrate, understand the processors’ logic.


What are the main ones, what can you do with them, differences in terms of performances and how to bring them onboard.


What are the technologies and how to use these tools in the best way for safety onboard.


How to set up and have good communications depending on the boat and navigation we are planning. What are the limits of each technology.


How to analyse different scenarios, fleet tracking, real time/forecast analysis.


Calibration of advanced systems with multiple sensors, tables and recording datas.


Overview of the subject and the maths behind it. Study how to apply the theory to a sailing campaign.


What are the tricks, the routine, the skills to become a great navigator.

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Gilberto Pastorella
Gilberto PastorellaAcademy director
Gilberto Pastorella has been sailing since he was 8. He became an instructor at the age of 16 and has been teaching since then. He’s been racing on many different boats (from dinghies to Maxi yachts) in the Med and in the Caribbean. He has logged more then 35.000 miles including 3 Atlantic crossings. He has a BS in Applied Mathematics and a Master in Project and Information Management. He speaks Italian, English and Spanish. He has also translated the first book published in Italy on the use of electronics instruments in regatta. He is the head instructor and project manager of the Academy.
Matias Bonet-Fullana
Matias Bonet-FullanaOceanDrivers manager
Matias Bonet Fullana has been sailing and racing since he was a kid. After his BS in Computer Science he has worked as programmer and project manager for oceanographic institutes and research companies. He worked for a year in Australia and kept sailing while he was there and competed in the famous Sydney-Hobart race. He also won a World Championship back in 2007. He founded OceanDrivers in 2012 and personally managed every project since then. He speaks Spanish and English.


Bruno Zirilli
Bruno ZirilliInstructor
Bruno has been in professional sailing for 20 years. He started his career as bowman and won many international regattas in this role but soon moved to the navigator role. After a degree in Telecomunication Engineering he worked at Siemens for 5 years. In 2005 he started working with America’s Cup team +39 in Valencia as Navigator and Electronic Specialist. Since then he has been racing at top level as a navigator with the best international team: TP52, Mini Maxi, Maxi, Soto 40,GP42, IRC and ORC boats. He has got deep knowledge of both the hardware and software side of navigation systems and he is one of the top inshore navigator in the world. He teaches in the Academy’s advanced courses since January 2016.
Carlos Freire Trigo
Carlos Freire TrigoInstructor
Carlos has been sailing since he was a kid. He graduated in Electronic Engineering and he moved to Valencia in 2005 to be part of the Electronic team for Team Desafio in the 32nd America’s cup and of Team Oracle in the winning campaign of 2010. In between the 2 cups he founded VMG Electronics. Since then he is always been one of the top installer and designer of electronic systems in the sailing industry. His knowledge of the processors, sensors, connectors, batteries, screens (and much more) is unique. He is also navigator for teams in Wally Class, TP52, Soto40 and many other classes.
Stefano Chiarotti
Stefano ChiarottiInstructor
Stefano is a Computer Engineer. He’s always been involved in outoor activities but only in his late twenties he dicovered sailing, and it was love at first sight! He has got now many miles and offshore regattas under his belt and he loves to put together his knowledge for technology with his love for sailing. He has got experience as sailing instructor and he loves to welcome students on his fast boat for specific courses!
Andrea Caracci
Andrea CaracciInstructor
Andrea is an Aeronautical Engineer specialised in composite materials. He started his sailing career as helmsman in the 470 class winning many national and international regattas between 1999 and 2002. Then he dedicated almost 8 years trainign for the Mini Transat (4 campaigns) and improving his skills in offshore sailing and electronic navigation. He’s been navigator for many professional teams (Farr40, Swan 45, TP52, Class 40 and many more). He teaches for the Academy all the advanced courses focused on the use of electronics in offshore sailing.
Ambrogio Beccaria
Ambrogio BeccariaInstructor
Ambrogio has been sailing and racing since he was a teenager. Keelboats and dinghies, every boat is a challange for him! He has been captain of a 57ft catamaran for few years and now he is fully focused on his mini 650 campaign. He will compete in the 2017 transat. He has joined our team of instructors at the end of 2016 after following some of our courses and working with our director Gilberto on improving his skills on electronics and routing!


Actisense is dedicated to supplying intelligent sensors and interfaces. With a staff of some of the sharpest engineering minds in the industry and a relentless drive to innovate, Actisense has achieved an incredible standard of quality and reliability. Their products will allow us to connect different devices during our courses.

ADRENA is a company specialized in navigation software and performance analysis. Thanks to a recognized know-how, Adrena became in a few years the French market leader in software for regatta sailing and ocean racing. The company now supplies 100% of Vendée Globe and Volvo Ocean Race skippers and has never stopped developing, perfecting and diversifying its products. Thanks to Cécile and her team for their support and for training our instructors.

One of the best racing software available on the market. Expedition has been used in multiple Volvo Ocean, America’s Cup and Grand Prix. It will allow our students to improve on data analysis, routing, course planning and many more things! Thanks to Nick White and his team to give our students FREE TRIAL LICENCES!

Casual captain or serious racing skipper, Garmin has everything you need to get the most out of the wind. From chartplotters with Garmin SailAssist to high visibility instruments and the wind transducer design everyone loves, you’ll find the sailing electronics you need. All with special attention given to weight and power saving. Garmin gives our Academy many of their products and allow us to use them during our classrooms. 2017 is the first year of our partnership!

For 30 years nke has been developing innovative instrument systems dedicated to navigation and performance. Whatever your program, should it be racing or cruising, solo or crewed, nke instruments are designed to answer all your needs at every level. Performance, accuracy and simple, intuitive operation are always kept in mind by NKE development team to achieve the best information and performance. Some of the most prestigious victories of the season have proved NKE pedigree. NKE is a partner of our Academy since METS 2016.

PredictWind is one of the world leader in wind forecast. His services includes high resolution forecasts, routing, live wind observation and model comparison. PredictWind combines sophisticated wind weather prediction technology with local topography maps to create the highest resolution marine forecast available for over 20,000 locations around the world. It is used by top teams as well as cruisers. Our students will be able to use all the services during the courses!

With over 40 years of sailing innovations and proven performance, Raymarine products are sure to be a trusted member of your crew. Displays, autopilots, sensors, VHF, multifunctional navigation stations: thousands of boat have got their products onboard. Raymarine has understood the importance of teaching people how to use electronics and is happy to provide us with a lot of their technology to use in our classrooms!

RecBlau is a professional film making company based in the Baleares, they specialize in nautical audiovisuals, They are passionate about the sea and love being on the water! And they do it in all of their projects, whether nautical or land based. Recblau team of skilled professionals work with cutting-edge equipment so we can offer effective and high quality solutions for all projects. HD, 4K, aerial and nautical images, hyper-lapses, time-lapses, We will make sure your projects get seen!


Tidetech is the leading supplier of oceanographic data to the elite yacht racing community, supplying competitors in the Americas Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Olympics. We will use Tidetech’s valuable data during our courses both for racing tidal routing and for delivery/cruising purpose.

VMG team is the top of the industry for installing and designing electronics system for sailing yachts. Carlos Freire and his team have been working since 2006 in top teams, from America’s cup to TP52 to Maxi yachts. They will help our instructors to create simulation boards, to be up to date with latest technologies and to organise courses focus on the electronic hardware onboard. They are our KNOWLEDGE PARTNER!


OceanDrivers Academy
Marineta, 5
El Arenal

+34 603 272 213
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