Born in Barcelona in 1965, Cristobal “Tobal” started sailing at the age of eight on Optimists. Later on he raced Snipe, Laser, Tornado, First Class 8, GP42 and he still races, when his work allows him, on J80s. Cristobal started his career as boat builder on Marcelino Botin’s first design in 1998. He has also been involved in a few Volvo Ocean Race campaigns when working for Persico Marine, in 5 different Tp52 projects and in many Southern Spars projects. His first America’s Cup campaign was in 1999 with the Spanish challenge, then in 2003 and in 2007 with BW Oracle Racing. This his fourth Americas Cup.