Growing up in Palma de Mallorca, Matthew Barber has always been surrounded by the sea and sailing. His father lived on a boat for many years while he was young and is still involved with boats to this day.
Barber, along with his brother and sister, was encouraged to go to a summer sailing school on the island off the eastern coast of Spain, learning the sport for several years until jumping on a Cadet to begin racing at the age of 12. His first boat was called WaxWing – a nod to a ship his grandfather had once owned - but just four years later and weighing in at 85kg, he somewhat outgrew it.
His next stint was in the 470 and Barber continued to progress to bigger boats in subsequent years. He worked in a rigging shop in order to be close to any opportunities which arose and quickly gained experience across a number of world class boats, eventually joining Team Momo and winning the 2017 and 2018 Rolex Maxi72 World Championships.
Barber joins the Great Britain SailGP Team after a rigorous trial process over the course of several months in which he was selected out of 90 applicants.
When he’s not sailing, Barber loves a good BBQ with family and friends but you’ll mostly find him hanging out at the Crossfit gym.
“I think this would go to the top of the list in my career highlights as there is pretty much nothing like it. Travelling to every corner of the world and sending it on the water moving at awe-inspiring speeds. Talk about enjoying your job!”