Marcelino Botin started Botin Partners Naval Architecture as a design and construction project in 1995.
It was the initial stages of the IMS boom in the Med and new racing projects where emerging all over Spain. With the help of sponsorship from the insurance company Zuritel, Marcelino started the company Astilleros Mouro with the objective of designing, building and campaigning a 33ft IMS racer in the Spanish IMS circuit.
Zuritel was built in Santander, Spain, by well known boat builder and tactician Antonio Piris. A crew lead by Pichu Torcida at the helm, Antonio Piris as tactician and mostly formed by talented local sailors campaigned this first Botin design during two very successful seasons in 1996 and 1997.
From that point onwards, Marcelino Botin has enjoyed unprecedented international success in the racing and cruising yacht arena, winning a host of world championships and many of the world’s most prestigious sailing events.
Amongst these where the extraordinary success of boats like Zurich (IMS 46), Pepsi (Sinergia 40), Caixa Galicia (IMS 52 and GS 56) or Italtel (GS 42). More recently, Botin designs have won five Med Cups ( Pisco Sour (2005), Quantum Racing (2008), ETNZ (2009 & 2010), Quantum Racing (2011) and Azzurra Matador (2012) and the last two GP42 circuits with Iberdrola.
In 2004 Marcelino Botin joined Team New Zealand as principal designer. This was his first contact with the class considered the pinnacle of yacht design at that time. ETNZ went all the way to the final having won the Louis Vuitton cup against Prada in 2007.
In 2008, Marcelino and his team designed their first Volvo 70 boat for team Puma, coming 2nd overall. This was his first ocean Racer design and their first attempt at competing at a round the world race. In 2011 our office was appointed by ETNZ to design their Camper sponsored VOR70, coming 2nd overall as well.
Botin Partners is now involved in the design of several spectacular and highly innovative fast cruising boats of large size that will see the light in the next few years.