20 years old




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A step into the future!

At 20 years of age, Josep Costa already knows what he wants: to make a career out of offshore racing like the man he considers to be a reference: compatriot Didac Costa. 14th in the last Vendée Globe, the Spanish skipper has taken this young student studying engineering in New York under his wing. “He’s the person who’s taught me how to sail a Mini. I love sailing with Didac as he has a real work ethic and he’s very conscientious. I’m learning a great deal alongside him. He’s passing on all his knowledge and experience to me.”

And to make his dreams come true, Josep is keen to do things in the right order, hence his participation in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. “It’s one of my first competitive challenges in offshore racing. I hope to train as a professional skipper as offshore racing is my life. I want to continue to raise my game so I can compete in bigger races too. The Mini-Transat La Boulangère is the perfect way to build up to that because it’s ‘the’ offshore racing school to my mind. It’s a must. I’m working hard to try and sail this race as cleanly as I can, to stretch myself and to have fun, but I also really love racing. I’m very competitive so I want to get to Martinique as quickly as I can.”

His prototype, a 2003 Manuard design, is a boat that Josep believes is “reliable, well-built and high-performance for her age”.

Nautical track record:

- Trofeu Marina Badalona 2019: 1st
- Mini Barcelona 2018: 4th
- Mare Nostrum 2018: 1st
- Mini Med 2018: 3rd
- Trofeo Port Forum Balsamar: 1st