duncan spath

Duncan Späth


  • Nationality : Swiss
  • On board role : skipper and helmsman

Best performance

The 2019 Ushant-Equator Record in 4 days 20 hours and 7 minutes on the Jules Verne Trophy around-the-world record attempt.

Duncan first began sailing aged 5. Initially he lived out his passion through his uncle’s achievements in the America’s Cup, but then became intrigued by the sailing adventures taken on by his mother Dona Bertarelli and the Sails of Change team, particularly the around-the-world campaign in the winter of 2015-2016.

Duncan grew up alongside the racing stable’s campaigns, balancing his sailing with his studies. He committed full-time to the team for the three around-the-world Jules Verne Trophy record attempts, winning the Transat Québec-Saint Malo and the Rolex Fastnet Race and establishing his status as an experienced and highly successful sailor. Now, he manages his time between his career in sustainability management and his role as skipper-owner of the TF35, stepping up to take on greater responsibilities within the racing stable.

Duncan is both tough and tenacious, and a loyal member of the Sails of Change team, whose experience as a free diver, his other passion, gives him an aptitude for self-control and meticulous preparation, as well as an inner calm and a strong desire to surpass his own limits. All key qualities which are valued by his teammates, both aboard the TF35 catamaran, and the maxi-trimaran Sails of Change.