SPYROPOULOS MARKOS

48 years old

Greece

Athens

1 child

Sailor

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“I want to be the first Greek to finish the race”

A professional sailor for the past 26 years on large yachts, Markos saw a Mini for the first time in his life in Cape Verde in 2005: “One evening we were at anchor when I saw two Minis arrive and stop off for repairs. I was very surprised that such small boats manage to cross the Atlantic. That struck a chord with me. I’ve waited for my financial situation to be more comfortable and my son to have grown up before taking on the challenge.

A native of Athens, Markos knows that he’s not the first Greek to attempt the adventure of the Mini-Transat La Boulangère. “One of my compatriots wanted to participate in the Mini-Transat in 1981 but was unsuccessful. As such, I’m not the first Greek to have a go, but I want to be the first to finish the Mini- Transat.” Markos discovered his boat – an Etienne Bertrand prototype built in 2017, which finished 5th in the race – during the stopover in the Canaries in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère 2017. “I was looking for a boat for the Mini 2017 when I met an Italian sailor on the internet. He told me he had a prototype project for the Mini-Transat 2017, but after that I could charter or buy the boat. As such I went to the Canaries to see it. I helped him out as a préparateur. I was able to work on the boat first hand and it appealed to me.”

Nautical track record:

- Gran Premio d’Italia 2019: 3rd
- Mini Med 2018: 4th
- 222 Mini Solo 2018: 2nd
- Gran Premio d’Italia 2018: 1st
- Arcipelago 6.50 2018: 1st
- Five Atlantic crossings
- More than 100,000 miles covered