Joan Cardona is the Spain SailGP Team's youngest member but has gained a reputation as one of the country’s top up-and-coming competitors that makes him an important contributor for 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 center, notching several national titles as well as podium placements 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 the 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 Bermuda.
In addition to joining the Spanish team for Season 2, Cardona is currently campaigning in the Finn class for the Tokyo Games.
Two of Cardona’s biggest sailing icons are fellow SailGP athletes and Olympians Tom Slingsby of the Australia SailGP Team and Sir Ben Ainslie of the Great Britain SailGP Team. He hopes to mirror their Olympic successes in his career.
When he’s not on a boat, he enjoys road cycling and playing golf.