The youngest member of all the SailGP teams, Leo Takahashi has already risen through the ranks of match racing and made his mark in the Olympic 49er class.
Born in Atami, a seaside town in Japan, Takahashi started sailing at 9. Encouraged or maybe forced by his father, who was a member of the first Japanese America’s Cup Challenger, he quickly began to show talent.
Takahashi has been a member of the Japanese National Team since 2015 and following success at the junior level, was part of the 2017 Youth America’s Cup, representing Japan.
In 2018, Takahashi competed at his first senior-level world championship and is currently aiming to qualify in the 49er class for his home Olympics in 2020.
His hobbies include flying airplanes and basketball, but not much takes him away from getting as much sailing experience as possible in as many different types of boat.
“I look up to my whole team, there is so much knowledge and experience in both the sailing and shore team’s that I want to learn and absorb as much as possible so that one day if the opportunity comes I am ready to lead and race in these boats competitively against the world’s best.”