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.
When he’s not sailing, Barber loves a good BBQ with family and friends and can often be spotted at the CrossFit gym.
“I think joining SailGP will go to the top of the list of my career highlights as there is nothing like it. Traveling to every corner of the world and racing at awe-inspiring speeds…talk about enjoying your job!”