At the age of 7, Diego Botín joined the Specialized High-Performance Center (CEAR) and it was where he realized that his competitive nature would drive him in his future sporting endeavors, which to date include two European titles and a youth world championship in the Olympic 49er class.
Initially, Botín was studying business administration but he knew his real passion was in sailing, so he shifted his academic focus onto subjects related to the sea and nautical studies, such as boat design, hydro-aerodynamics and meteorology.
After becoming junior world champion in the 49er class in 2013, Botin stepped up to senior level and has gone on to win the 2016 and 2018 European championships. He has competed alongside many of his Spanish SailGP team members, including in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America Cup.
In addition to his inclusion on the Spanish SailGP Team, Botin has his eyes set on the Tokyo Games this summer where he hopes to represent Spain alongside teammate Iago López Marra in the 49er class and improve on their nine-place finish in Rio in 2016. This successful pairing will be counting on its strong relationship to succeed in both SailGP and on the Olympic circuit this season.
“We are extremely lucky to be racing at the time when the sport of sailing is undergoing a technological revolution. I can't imagine a circuit better than SailGP, in which our team can compete.”