Date of Birth: October 19, 1976
In: Ibarra, Spain
Status: Married, two children
Something about him that you don't know: He took his first world title in 1992 in the Youth Vaurien Class.
He speaks: English, Spanish and Basque
Who is he: One of his nation’s best sailors – he won Olympic gold in 49er in Athens in 2004 and a followed that up with a silver in Beijing four years later. He has participated in four Volvo Ocean Races and a Barcelona World Race. In 2011 he was nominated for Sailor of the Year alongside fellow Spanish legend, Iker Martínez.
A strong leader and a charming character, Xabi is back as Skipper of MAPFRE for his fifth Volvo Ocean Race.
Previous Volvo Oceans Races:
2008-09 Telefónica Blue