TRAJECTORY: BEGINNINGS – 2014
Iñaki Castañer, professional sailor, holder of 8 World Championship titles and currently CEO of I. Castañer Yachts Brokerage and Charter. This company focuses on Brokerage of Sailing Yachts, with distribution of several leading brands such as Solaris, Dehler, Hanse, Bali Catamarans and North Sails, and a portfolio of recommended second hand yachts selected with expert criteria. In addition Iñaki Castañer still operates as a consultant specialized in the management of racing teams and coordination of sailing related sports events and continues to compete in the world’s most important races.
He started to sail professionally as part of the Spanish Navy aboard the Sirius III and Sirius IV in 1986 and 1987 winning 2 world sub-championships in the One Tonner class. In 1987 and 1988 he was hired by the Spanish Navy as the civilian responsible for the construction and preparation of the first Spanish Maxi in the history of regattas, named Hispania. In 1989 he was selected by the company Tabacalera to become part of the crew representing Spain aboard of the Maxi Fortuna in the Whitbread Round the World Race.
From 1990 to 1992, Iñaki Castañer sailed with the Bribón, mastered by HRH Juan Carlos I, winning 2 titles of the King’s Sailing World Cup (Copa del Rey de Vela). In 1990 he achieved, in the role of skipper of the Danish ship Lone, the frst position in the ¾ Ton World Championship and the trophy of the King’s World Cup. In 1991, 1992 and 1993, he won the ¾ Ton World Championships and the ½ Ton World Championship on the “Mar Frío”, in Italy.
From 1991 to 1995, Iñaki Castañer was responsible for establishing the basis and the team of the first America’s Cup Spanish teams, as the crew coordinator and manouver master on board of “España 92”, in 1992, and “Rioja de España” in 1995, in San Diego (USA).
Since 1993, after completing the European Sailing Tour on board of the “Galicia 93”, he started organising his own projects as skipper and sports director. From 2000 to 2008, Iñaki Castañer coordinated the construction and management of his 14 regatta boats; and between 2006 and 2009 he managed and participated together with ONO, his sponsor for 9 years, as skipper and sports director in the most important regatta circuit of the world, the MED CUP, aboard the TP 52 “ONO”.
Since 2009, Castañer was responsible for organising and managing British sailing teams in international circuits such as GBR Peninsula Petroleum (GP 42 and RC 44.) and Aegir (MINI MAXI). In both teams, Castañer’s worked as tactician and skipper in the Match Race modality. During seasons 2013-2014, he obtained outstanding positions in Spain and South America’s most important regattas, coming first as skipper aboard the Soto 40 Apolonia in Chile, one of the most prestigious regattas in South America held in Patagonia (Chile), and third in Europe’s ORC Championship (Valencia). He also came first aboard the Xp 38 in the Conde de Godó Trophy and Palma Sailing Trophy, and second in Copa del Rey.