- Building American Leaders Through Sailing -

Andres Guerra Font

Boat Captain: Class 40 Oakcliff Racing, 2016 Sapling

I started to sail in Barcelona as a kid with the Optimists and then worked as a sailing instructor, I was teaching on dinghies, keelboats, yachts and multihulls. One day, after a break up, I decided I had enough of everything and that I needed a change, so I quit my degree in Chemistry and started over in the UK studying Navigation and Maritime Science at Plymouth University and focusing my life on sailing and racing. Since then, I have been using every chance to go out racing on as many different boats as possible and have managed to take part in many prestigious regattas like Les Voiles de St. Tropez, the ORC Worlds, the Middle Sea Race and Copa del Rey, racing with and against Volvo Ocean Racers, and America’s Cup racers.

I began getting involved with the classic yachts, in the Mediterranean, where I have done most of my racing. For three years, I sailed on boats from 1892 to 1973 and from 30ft in length to 55metres. I have sailed on some of Olin Stephen’s yawls, including JFK’s Manitou, on the schooner Elena, 19th century gaffers and even did the 12mR worlds.

On the side, I have also done some racing on Swan 45’s and Swan 42’s, Farr 30, Farr 40, Farr 45, J80, J111 and J109. I also volunteered and worked with OC Sport in the Route des Princes stopover and the Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff, where they were kind enough to give me a ride on Alinghi as on board guest.

I have also done around 10,000 miles around the Mediterranean, the English Coast, and two Atlantic crossings.

I learned about Oakcliff a few years ago, looking at photos of a team who did a match race in the center but didn’t decide to give it a go until now. I cannot wait to come and perfect my skills on the water and to expand my knowledge on the shore side of sailing (boat work, logistics, campaign running, etc…)