Mateu Barber was originally selected as grinder for the Great Britain SailGP Team in October 2019 after a gruelling trial. He was nearly passed over at the start at the beginning of the processes, eventually being recalled as a finalist after another option was unable to attend.
He now shifts to the Spain SailGP Team in the same position as the young crew is set for its debut campaign in the global championship.
Growing up on the Mediterranean island Palma de Mallorca, Mateu Barber has always been surrounded by the sea and sailing. His father lived on a boat for many years while he was young and is still involved with boats to this day.
Barber, along with his brother and sister, was encouraged to attend a summer sailing school in Mallorca where he learnt the basics of the sport progressing to his first races, at the age of 12.
His first boat was called WaxWing, a nod to a ship his grandfather had once owned - but just four years later and weighing in at 85kg, he somewhat outgrew it.
Barber worked in a rigging shop to be close to any sailing opportunities and the strategy paid off, gaining experience across a number of high-performance race boats. He eventually joined Team Momo and won the 2017 and 2018 Rolex Maxi72 world championships.
In addition to the Maxi72, he has experience competing across a variety of yacht racing circuits – including the GC32, TP52 and RC44.
When he’s not sailing, Barber loves a good BBQ with family and friends and can often be spotted at the CrossFit gym.