Yuki Kasatani returns as the number one grinder for the Japan SailGP Team in Season 2. He was the powerhouse of the team in Season 1 and has spent the offseason training in Tokyo to ensure he can be bigger, stronger and more prepared for the season ahead.
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.
Just 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 offseason 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 SoftBank Team Japan and raced with them during the America’s Cup in Bermuda, lining up against SailGP teammate Nathan Outteridge.
He also has experience competing in the Coxed Pair and Double Scull events.
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.