Diego Botin represents the Spain SailGP Team in the flight controller position for Season 2, adding an Olympic veteran to the youngest crew in the global sail racing championship. Despite their age, the majority of the team has competed together in the Youth America’s Cup, and the SailGP campaign reunites Botin with his partner Iago López Marra. The 2016 Olympians will return to the Games in Tokyo in 2021.
When he was 7 years old, Botin joined the Specialized High-Performance Center (CEAR) and that was where he realized that his competitive nature would drive him in his future sporting endeavors.
He competed alongside several of his Spain SailGP Team members as part of the Spanish Impulse crew in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
Botin represented Spain at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing ninth overall in the 49er class. That same year, he won the European championship, a feat he repeated in 2018.
In addition to his inclusion on the Spanish SailGP Team, Botin has his eyes set on the Tokyo Games in 2021 where he will represent his country once again alongside teammate Iago López Marra in the 49er class. They hope to improve upon their result in Brazil. The successful pairing will be counting on its strong relationship to succeed in both SailGP and on the Olympic circuit this season.
Botin was born December 25, 1993. He was initially 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. Botin is also an avid surfer.