MEET THE CREW
The team on White Shadow for the OGR
At core, we are a tight group of Barcelona navigators taken with sailing and adventure.
Then, passionate individuals joined and make the White Shadow crew.
Because difference makes the difference, discover here our (very) different stories and profiles.
ER doctor who works for the Medical Emergency System. Guillermo has been head of rescue operations in the Mediterranean for three years with the Open Arms NGO. He has single-handedly sailed across the Atlantic in two occasions on the Mini 6.50 Transat regatta. He also teaches World Offshore Sailing’s Safety and Survival at Sea course.
Guillermo is an athlete, and also a doctor, both qualities extremely needed in such an adventure.
Captain in the Merchant Navy with a Seamanship degree and a specialization in celestial navigation. In the last 20 years, he has sailed all the Atlantic, as well as across the entire Mediterranean on different vessels, and sailed single-handedly with the Mini-Transat and Mini-Fastnet regattas.
Marc has full oversight on big boat management and is the most qualified of all of us to lead the boat.
Digital business entrepreneur.
Jean-Christophe has lived across fours continents in the last 30 years, including a year sailing with his wife and kids. He speaks 4 languages fluently, has crossed the Atlantic four times, is a regular offshore racer, and has sailed across the Mediterranean Sea toward Lebanon in support to minorities.
A bit bullish, JC is also a racer and never gives up, a quality we need to assist Marc as 1st mate.
Darío was born in La Pampa, Argentina, surrounded by fields and deserts, and lives in Buenos Aires. He has spent the last 25 years as a journalist, digital entrepreneur and navigator. He has sailed in the South Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Sea of Cortez, and is also a sailing racer. Darío is hyperactive and very competitive.
On deck he is multitasking in maneuvers and helm. In the project he deals with logistics, organization and supplies.
With his 20 years old, Tom is the youngest man on board. Even though he’s a newbie in terms of sailing, he has dreamed about this race since the day he first saw a boat. True adventurer, he has already travelled to all five continents and more than 12 countries. Parisian architecture and engineering student, he is a fast learner.
Tom eye reliability will also help us communicate about our project.
Anton is a confirmed nautical engineer, specialized in mechanics, with sailing experience in the southern seas. He is also a certified captain, diver, and an easy-going guy, all qualities we need on board.
Antón will make sure that the White Shadow engines are running smoothly.
Nicolás, Leg 1 & 2
Nicolás grew up in Catalonia and sails on many supports. He is known in the sailing competition environment, where he performed on laser and J80. Currently studying Pharmacy, Nicolás also teaches sailing.
He joins us between Europe and Cape Town for our first leg around the world.
Octave, Leg 1
A young Barcelona architect and musician, Octave has also been an offshore sailor for years. His fine touch of the helm brings an additional value, especially for crossing complicated seas as the one leg 1 offers. He is also "the eye" of the team, making sure our design is coherent.
Ingrid has been sailing and racing her whole life, from dinghy to doubled handed offshore, looking forward to leaving the Mediterranean waters.
When not sailing, she works as a psychologist, which is a key asset for the crew, her motto is to take care of every single one, including the boat. For when everyone feels ok, the rest goes ok.
Pedro, Leg 1, 2 & 3
Art director and freelance photographer, Pedro grew up in Murcia before settling in Barcelona. He is an amateur coastal regatta crew member with no previous experience in offshore sailing. Highly attracted by sea, he is enthusiastic to learn and bring his experience in communication and design to the project.
Metin, Leg 1 & 4
Another Mediterranean in the crew, Metin is originally from Turkey, and lives in Barcelona. Solo sailor, he also took his 28 feet from Marseille to Istanbul, discovering blue water sailing, far away from IT and big data he masters when not sailing.
Perrine, Leg 2
Perrine is sail master, passionate of the sea. Initially trained for tapestry, she moved into sail-building 10 years ago. She is curious, pays attention to detail, and looks forward to bringing this to the boat and to acquire a unique offshore sailing experience.
Marion joins bringing the seventh nationality to White Shadow: She is Colombian-German and speaks Spanish, German, English and French. She lives in Barcelona since 2016, where she is a graphic designer. She has sailed over 5,000 miles and has a 38 footer that she is restoring. She is passionate about celestial navigation, so much so that she is part of the organization of Stella Oceani, a precision competition.
Her motivation comes both from her need to sail the high seas, as to integrate a project with a decentralized and open philosophy, where tolerance and diversity are the team's strength.
Carolina, Leg 2
Brazilian, 41 years old, mother of two children, Carolina is in love with the ocean and the wind. She lived on a 51 foot for 8 years.
Crossing the Pacific and sailing in the roaring 40s have always been a very present illusion for her. And what helps her the most in her day to day, is being a Yogini.
Jacques, Leg 2
Jacques dropped everything the day he heard about the White Shadow project.
Amateur of racing on old boats (St Tropez week, Cannes Royal races) he also races on First 31.7 and J80. Sailing teacher, he lived in Catalonia, and is looking forward to riding the southern Indian waves.
Yannick, leg 3 & 4
Yannick, 59 years old, passionate about sailing, is a winemaker in Bordeaux. He has created a wine estate based on a collaborative model in the same spirit as the White Shadow project where many people from different countries and cultures come together.
He made numerous Atlantic crossings, including 3 solo Figaro races. He has not yet navigated the Great South, a kind of Grail that he will love to discover with the White Shadow project.
Marion, Leg 4
Émile, Leg 3
Surfer and sailor, Émile learned how to read and write on a sailboat, at age 5.
Engaged in the 6.50 mini Transat in 2023 on his boat Atapi, he is looking forward to sharing a leg on White Shadow to accomplish his big dream: sailing the South Pacific and rounding Cape Horn.
Grégoire, Leg 3
Another "made in Mini 6.50" crew member, Grégoire has crossed the Atlantic 3 times.
A talented handy man, Grégoire also has a talent to make the boat sail fast and to cheer up everybody with good food.
Those additional qualities will be highly appreciated on White Shadow.
Djemila, Leg 3
Born in the Canary Islands from Belgian parents, Djemila has grown side to side with the ocean. A passion that comes from her early memories sailing in the Atlantic. She is a skipper and an oceanographer, and just completed her first Mini Transat. Sailing, she is a profoundly enthusiastic person, always seeing beauty in every cloud or wave.
Anna, Leg 3
Anna is Italian. As a biologist, she worked in Canada, Germany and Spain, where she manages a project for studying ocean plankton (and will bring some instruments on board!).
Sailing instructor for Les Glénans, she has crossed the Atlantic three times. For three years she has been a crew member of the VO60 Team Jolokia, a project that aims to show that diversity is a strength.
Mariska, Leg 4
Born in Belgium, she moved to Barcelona three years ago. Mariska is an environmental epidemiologist who speaks four languages and is fascinated by mother nature.
She spends most of her free time on the water, combining both rowing and sailing. Not afraid to get her hands dirty, she is embarking with full energy on this great adventure.
Fátima, Leg 4
Fátima is an adventurer, both on land and at seas. Relentless, she does not give up, and practices sports on a pretty regular basis.
When not at sea, Fátima is a translator and a happy mother of a young girl. Currently living in Portugal, although born in Spain, she cultivates an open-mindedness that federates us all on board.