Joel Rodriguez joins the Spain SailGP Team for its debut campaign with four world youth and five European youth titles under his belt, strengthening the team of up-and-coming athletes looking to further establish themselves in the global championship.
Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Rodriguez is no stranger to high performance sport and was influenced early on by his father – a professional rugby player who competed for Wales. After trying a variety of sports, sailing was his passion and he quickly progressed from the Optimist class to the Laser Radial and onto the full-size Laser. Having won an impressive number of youth championship titles, Rodriguez made the jump to the senior ranks in 2018 where he continued his successes.
He is currently campaigning for Tokyo 2020 and hopes to represent Spain in his second attempt at competing in the Games.
“SailGP in one of the top competitions where a pro sailor is able to race at the moment, and for someone as young as me, it will be an honor to represent Spain on the water this season. I take on the challenge with great responsibility and as an opportunity to obtain the best possible results.”