Joel Rodríguez 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, Rodríguez 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.
Rodríguez won his first world title at the World Youth Championship at the 2014 event in the Laser Radial class, also taking home the gold at the Youth ISAF World Championship and European Youth Championship that same year.
He was a member of Spanish Impulse – along with several other members of the Spain SailGP Team – in the 2017 Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda.
Having won an impressive number of youth championship titles, Rodriguez made the jump to the senior ranks in 2018 where he continued his successes. That year, he finished in tenth at the European Championship in the Laser Standard, while winning a bronze medal in the class at the 2018 Mediterranean Games.
He is currently campaigning for Tokyo 2020 and hopes to represent Spain in his second attempt at competing in the Games.