Yuki Kasatani came to the sailing world at 26 after many years as a domestic top-level rower.
Despite having no rowing experience until entering university, Kasatani quickly excelled in the sport. 18 months later he won the bronze medal at the All Japan Championship and followed it up with the championship title shortly after.
It was during the off-season that he heard that the Japanese America’s Cup team were conducting crew trials and he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see if he had what it takes to compete at the top level of the sport.
Impressed with his physical strength and fitness, he was invited to join the team and raced with them during the America’s Cup in Bermuda, lining up against SailGP teammate Nathan Outteridge.
Kasatani has a keen interest in business following his studies in the subject at university. He runs a venture company and considering new business ideas is one of his hobbies. When he is not running his business, he enjoys running, cycling, using his rowing machine at home and making his teammates laugh.
"In order to raise the profile of SailGP in Japan, it is important that we do well. I have experience grinding on these boats and hope that I can take advantage of this to help win races.”