Sailing for the first time in US waters and in the Atlantic Cup, Gonzalo Botín and Pablo Santurde on Tales II will be a top team to watch. With 11 trans-Atlantic crossings between them, multiple wins in the Class40 and a very fast boat we’re excited to have this Spanish entry lining up on the start line for the 2016 Atlantic Cup!
Describe sailing to you in one word: Freedom
Number of trans-Atlantic crossings under sail: 8
Career Highlights: Won 2015 Fastnet in Class40, 2010 Route du Rhum, 2003 MiniTransat
Married with two childen
Hometown: Santander, Spain
Describe yourself in one word: Passionate
Number of trans-Atlantic crossings under sail: 3
Career Highlights: Won 2015 Fastnet in Class40, Won the 2014 and 2015 Caribbean 600, 2nd in the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre
Did you or do you play any other competitive sports? Golf
If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? I would encourage them to start sailing, the rest comes naturally.
How old were you when you first went sailing? 8
How did you get into competitive sailing? Sailing school
In what way are you superstitious before a race? I am not
What is one of your goals for your sailing career? No more goals, maybe sailing in the Southern Ocean and rounding The Horn.
What is your 2016 race schedule? Atlantic Cup-Quebec-St Malo
How did you meet Pablo? Sailing in Santander
What are Pablo’s strengths? Technique
What are your sailing strengths? Experience
What do you like most about being offshore? Freedom
What do you like least? Bad weather
What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck? No particular fears
What makes you and Pablo a good team? Mutual understanding
What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race? Never sailed in US waters.
How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? We always sail to win
Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose? No
Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy? Always very important to preserve and know how to repair sails.
What is your favorite type of music? Rock
What is the most played song on your I-pod? She is a Carioca
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you want to meet? Carmen Amaya
What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re offshore? Least favorite? Poulet Basquaise from Lyophilise. All freeze dryed.
What do you do to relax during your free time? I listen to music and read
Describe yourself in one word. Passionate
What does taking care of the planet mean to you? It means to keep the planet as it has been since its creation.
If you had to convince someone to do their part in protecting our oceans, what would you say to them? That it is a “must do”. We don’t have the right to destroy our planet
Tell us why Atlantic Cup Kids should vote for your team. We are both passionate sailors and we love what we do, so we always try our best
How old were you when you first went sailing? 8 years old
How did you get into competitive sailing? It was gradually, I really like competition
Describe sailing to you in one word. Passion
In what way are you superstitious before a race? I am not superstitious but I am methodic
Number of transatlantic crossings under sail: 3
What is one of your goals for your sailing career? Keep sailing in professional teams and sail better every day
What is your 2016 race schedule? We will sail the Caribbean 600, the Atlantic Cup and Quebec-Saint Malo
How did you meet your co-skipper? I met him long time ago, sailing in Santander
What are the strengths of your co-skipper? Experience and lots of miles sailed
What are your sailing strengths? Youth and confidence
What do you like most about being offshore? What do you like least? I like the hardness of all different conditions you face during races. I don’t like cold conditions.
What is your biggest fear of being alone on deck? Crew getting hurt or big damage to the boat
What makes you and your co-skipper a good team? The mix of experience and youth
What do you see is your biggest challenge in this race? Not to make mistakes in a difficult offshore, but coastal race
How do you rate your chances in the Atlantic Cup? Who do you think is the favorite? It will be match for sure, I don’t think there will be a favorite
Is it true that if you sleep on the offshore legs you’ll lose? I don’t think it is completely true. It is a balance between attending the boat sailing fast and not to get your battery low.
Because of the limited number of sails you’re allowed to carry how does sail preservation and damage figure in your strategy? It will be very important to preserve the sails, not only because the importance of losing a sail but also because the time you lose repairing it, especially double handed