From building architecture to naval architecture
Born in Australia in 1988, Jonathan first discovered sailing at the Royal Prince Albert Yacht Club in Sydney, thanks to his father. Further down the line, he went on to study the architecture of buildings in Canberra. A traveller through and through, at 21 he left his homeland and moved to Berlin. From there, he headed to Palma de Mallorca in a bid to live out his passion: sailing. In so doing, he got into sailing superyachts in the Mediterranean. This period coloured Jonathan’s decision to change tack and switch to naval architecture instead. In this way, he continued his education at Southampton University, finishing top in his year.
On leaving university, he was hired by Hugo Boss, a racing stable he continued to collaborate with through until the Vendée Globe 2016-2017.
Coolness and enthusiasm
Just after this experience, he joined Juan Yacht Design in Valencia. Passionate about high-performance boats and high technology, Jonathan rigorously applies himself alongside fellow members of the team and is filled with enthusiasm at the prospect of substantiating his work in a real-life situation. This is particularly true of the new ClubSwan36, which he project-manages.
Loving travel, surfing and outdoor activities, he also has a real talent for concocting Thai dishes.
Juan K: “Despite his tender age, Jonathan already boasts an impressive CV and a great wealth of experience. Equally, as a newcomer to the team, he’s managed to quickly integrate the firm and develop his know-how.”