With his father and grandfather both being sea captains, the sea has always played a big role in Jeronimo’s life. His father used to take him away for months and he counts some of his fondest early memories being on the bridge of a cargo ship with him, sailing the seas.

Jeronimo Santos Gonzalez, who was born in Galicia, is the first Spaniard to lead a team in the history of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

With more than 80,000 nautical miles under his belt, Jeronimo first started racing dinghies aged seven and went on to compete in various Spanish and European Championships. He has completed multiple Atlantic crossings, and skippered charters around the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Ahead of applying to be a Clipper Race Skipper, Jeronimo spent two years as a race skipper, instructing beginner sailors on the Solent.

In addition to his sailing qualifications, Jeronimo has a Law Degree from the University of Granada, and has his PADI Diving Instructor certificate. Aside from growing up in Vigo and then Melilla, and living in the UK, he has also lived in Japan, Ibiza, and the Philippines.