Cátia is responsible for the logistics of the team, including the travel of the sailors and all shore crew and support crew for The Ocean Race Europe.

Throughout the last year, Cátia has had perhaps the most complex job in the team, keeping on top of the ever-changing restrictions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Having started her sailing career at the BMW Sailing Academy and then moving to The Volvo Ocean Race in 2016 as Boatyard Office Administrator and Academy Manager, Cátia has hands-on experience managing the global logistics for sailing's greatest round-the-world challenge. With a role that takes enormous focus and attention to detail, Cátia is at the core of the preparation and implementation of the team’s programme for The Ocean Race Europe.

When the teams arrive at each stopover, Cátia has already been there for two days, to ensure every detail is in order for the team before racing off to the next stopover ahead of the team once again.

About

Role

Logistics

Nationality

Portuguese

Languages

Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Q&A

Who inspires you?

My mother. She faced a lot of adversity in her life and ended up raising two children, mostly as a single mother, never complaining. Honestly, I think she did a really nice job!

What is your favourite quote?

“Don't stop until you are proud” – I try to remember this in every aspect of my life.

What is your favourite food?

One thing that I can´t resist is a home made Portuguese stew. This is a typical Portuguese food on a Sunday family lunch. If you want to try it one day, please don't order it in a restaurant or you will end up very disappointed, just call me!

What was your childhood dream?

When I was young, I wanted to be a scientist. But that was before I realised how much I had to study during highschool to achieve that. So I decided to have fun instead…

What hobbies do you have when not working with the team?

I like to watch movies and tv series. Cinema has been one of my passions since I was very young. I also exercise outdoors three times a week and go sailing as a family activity.

Give us an example of a sustainable attitude to life – what do you do for a better world?

Early on, I started to avoid using single-use plastic like straws, coffee cups, shopping bags, plastic bottles! Nowadays I am eating less and less meat and I always try to reduce the consumption/waste of electricity and water.

What advice would you give to young sailors to protect the planet?

We are the crew of this spaceship called earth. We have to take care of earth in every way possible, so she can take care of us in the future!

What is one essential simple piece of equipment you always have with you for your daily work?

There are three essential items that I cannot leave home without while I’m working for a sailing team: my laptop, wifi and a credit card. Those who know me well know that I never ever go anywhere without my backpack.

Why is your work important in preparing for The Ocean Race Europe?

Due to the pandemic, there are a lot of traveling rules that we need to follow. A big part of my day is now spent researching the updated restrictions list for each country. There is a massive amount of work behind the scenes to run a programme like this. It is hard to do a travel plan in times like these, where the travel restrictions are changing every two weeks.
When the team is training or traveling, I have to be available and connected 24/7. Even when I have everything planned in advance, there are always changes, questions or unexpected things happening and I have to be there for them.

What have you learned from working with the sailors so far?

MFRT is not only a sailing team, We are a big “family” that support each other in every way possible. Of course, each one of us has a specific job to do, but everybody has each other's back and this makes a big difference at the end. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such nice and talented people.

What is your programme during The Ocean Race Europe?

I'm traveling with the team around Europe to make sure everything goes as planned. Once the race starts, get to each venue two days before the sailors and I leave the day after the boat departure. We are renting oversized houses for the whole team to make sure we follow best practice and reduce the risk of a Covid-19 infection.