Joan Cardona joins the Spain SailGP Team as its youngest member but has gained a reputation as one of the country’s top up-and-coming competitors that will make him an important contributor in the team’s debut season.
At a very young age, his family moved to Menorca – a Spanish island in the Mediterranean – where his love of sailing developed, learning the sport in a variety of different classes. At the age of 15, he moved to Mallorca to train regularly at the technical sailing centre, notching several national titles as well as podium placings in the world and European championships in the under 19 category.
His ascent in the sport continued in 2017 when he swapped from Laser to larger Finn class, eventually winning a world and European title in the under 23 category, in addition to two national titles and three youth world championships. The same year, he joined fellow Spain SailGP teammates at the Youth America’s Cup.
In addition to joining the Spanish team for Season 2, Cardona is currently campaigning in the Finn class for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Two of Cardona’s biggest sailing icons are fellow SailGP athletes and Olympians Tom Slingsby and Sir Ben Ainslie. He is looking to not only meeting his heroes on the SailGP racecourse but also hope to mirror their Olympic successes this season.
When he’s not on a boat, he enjoys road cycling and playing golf.
“Competing at SailGP is one of the maximum honors in the sport right now. This is the championship where every pro sailor wants to race and I hope that at Spain SailGP we are able to attract new followers to the sport of sailing and that they enjoy the competition.”