Date of Birth: 22 December 1981
In: Santander, Spain
Legs sailed in this edition: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
In-Port Races: Alicante, Lisbon, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff, Gothenburg, The Hague
Something about him that you don't know: Ñeti was inspired to get into the sport by his grandfather, a merchant sailor who sadly passed away whilst Ñeti was racing to Cape Town during the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. After he learned of his death, he dedicated Telefónica's leg victory to his late grandfather.
Who he is: Ñeti is one of Spain’s most well-known Volvo Ocean Race faces (he even has his own fan club), and lines up for a fourth edition in 2017-18. The bowman has competed in every race since 2008-09, when he made his debut onboard Telefónica Black, but hasn’t limited himself to Volvo Ocean Race sailing – he’s raced in a range of classes from dinghies to Olympic sailing and TP52s, and even smashed the legendary Sydney-Hobart record on supermaxi Perpetual Loyal in 2016.
Previous Volvo Ocean Races:
2008-09 Telefónica Black