Date of birth: 12 November 1961
In: Barcelona, Spain
Something about him you don't know: Joan is a coffee lover – but he doesn't drink it onboard, he eats the granules straight from the packet.
Who he is: Considered one of the world’s best navigators, Vila returns to the Volvo Ocean Race 15 years after his most recent appearance in 2001-02, when he won with illbruck. He is appeared in the America’s Cup more times than any other Spanish sailor (8) – and has won the trophy three times. Much has changed since he made his first Volvo Ocean Race appearance in 1989-90, but one thing remains: an obsession to win the Volvo Ocean Race trophy.
Previous Volvo Ocean Race:
2001-02 Illbruck Challenge
1997-98 Chessie Racing
1989-90 Fortuna Extra Lights