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Spain SailGP Team: the youngest crew with Olympic talent

19 APRIL 2021News
  • Spain
  • Four members of the sailing team are already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics Games.
  • "Ñeti" Antonio Cuervas-Mons, Andrea Emone, Tara Pacheco, Lucas Trittel and coach, Xabi Fernandez, join the team formed by Jordi Xammar, Phil Robertson, Florian Trittel, Diego Botin and Mateu Barber
  • “Wave of Change by Iberostar” becomes the team’s "Race for the Future” partner, with a focus on oceans’ protection and responsible tourism promotion.
  • The Bermuda Sail Grand Prix, presented by Hamilton Princess marks the start of the championship’s Season 2 this weekend.The Spain Sail Grand Prix | Cadiz - Andalusia will take place on October 9-10.

Madrid, 19 April 2021 - Leading up to the start of SailGP Season 2, Spain SailGP Team announces its lineup, with four Tokyo Olympic athletes, experienced talent from the Volvo Ocean Race or the Red Bull Youth's America's Cup, remaining the youngest crew of the championship.
The team incorporates Antonio "Ñeti" Cuervas-Mons, Andrea Emone, Tara Pacheco and Lucas Trittel, as well as coach Xabi Fernández, to the existing talent pool; Phil Robertson at the helm, while Jordi Xammar focuses on his Olympic campaign, Florian Trittel (wing trimmer), Diego Botin (flight controller) and Mateu Barber (grinder).

María del Mar de Ros, CEO of Spain SailGP Team and only female leading a SailGP team describes the team as: "unique and capable of making history,we represent many coastal regions, and also diverse incorporating female talent". Sir Russell Coutts, CEO of SailGP, said when the team debuted in Sydney, February2020: "We knew about the potential of the Spanish team but we are surprised with the quality and maturity that these guys are showing in such a short time".

Season 2 kicks off in Bermuda on April 24th
The Bermuda Grand Prix, presented by Hamilton Princess marks the start of SailGP season 2 The championship has become one of the most important in the sailing world, and undoubtedly the most spectacular, where eight nations compete aboard foiling one-design catamarans,capable of speeds over 50 knots (100 km/h).

With racing held between April 2021 and March 2022, SailGP will visit the announced Season 2 venues: Bermuda, Taranto (Italy), Plymouth (UK), Aarhus (Denmark), Saint-Tropez (France), Cádiz-Andalusia (Spain), Christchurch (New Zealand) and San Francisco (USA). In each of these events, fans will be able to enjoy 2 days of exciting racing close to the shore

Partnership with Iberostar Group's Wave of Change Movement
SailGP is more than a sports competition, it aims to serve as a platform to accelerate change towards a cleaner and more inclusive future. Hence its "Race for the Future" initiative, which encourages all the teams to define their mission and ally themselves with a strategic partner to help them make that change real. The mission of the Spanish team is to be "Young Ambassadors leaving a Footprint". For this purpose, they have chosen Wave of Change, the Iberostar Group's pioneering movement focused on protecting the oceans and promoting a responsible tourism model, as their sustainable partner. Together they will raise awareness of the importance of taking care of the oceans through scientific knowledge.

Cadiz - Andalusia to host the Spain Sail Grand Prix in 2021 and 2022
The Bay of Cádiz will host the Spain Sail Grand Prix | Cádiz - Andalusia on 9/10 October, around the Hispanic Day holiday weekend and the500th Anniversary of the First Circumnavigation.

Sponsored by the Consejería de Turismo de la Junta de Andalucía, through FEDER funds, Diputación and Ayuntamiento de Cádiz, the event is an opportunity to develop the sporting environment and promote national and international tourism in Andalusia.

Spain SailGP Team crew

Phil Robertson. Helm. New Zealand. Two times World Champion in M32 class (2017, 2018). World Match Racing Tour Champion (2016).

Florian Trittel "Flo". Wing Trimmer. Barcelona. Qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the Nacra17 class. World Champion in Kite, 29er and Kite Foiling. Spanish Nacra17 Champion. Participant in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup (2017).

Diego Botin. Flight Controller. Santander. Qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 49er class. Olympic in Rio 2016. European Champion. Participant in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup (2017).

“Ñeti” Cuervas-Mons. Grinder. Santander. Three Volvo Ocean Race (2008, 2011, 2014). Two Rolex Sydney-Hobart Championships.

Mateu Barber. Grinder. Mallorca. Rolex World Gold in Maxi72 (2018, 2017) with Team Momo.

Lucas Trittel. Grinder. Barcelona. Spanish Champion in 29er (2010) and three times runner-up.

Tara Pacheco. Canary Islands. Qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the Nacra17 class. Olympian in London 2012 in 470 and Rio 2016 in Nacra17. World and European Championships in different classes.

Andrea Emone. Valencia. Aspiring to the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 with the IQFoil class. Top 10 of the World Championship Techno+ 2016. Aerospace engineering. Two-time World Champion in TP52 as a data analyst.