Damian Borras (ESP) Hall of Fame

Damian Borras (ESP)

2022 inductee


Damian Borras Camps (DBC), born in 1963 in Mahón (Menorca), a small island in the Balearic Islands in Spain.

He started sailing the Optimist at the premature age of 5, being runner-up in the Balearic Islands in 1975.

At the age of 12 he sailed on Snipe as a crew member for his father Antonio and later for his cousin Damian, they were his first teachers. He sailed his first national regatta as part of the Spanish Championship in Ciutadella in 1977.

At the age of 18 he got his first Spanish youth championship in Los Nietos (Murcia 1982).

Twice runner-up in Europe (1988 and 1992) and European champion in 1994.

His first absolute World Championship was held in La Rochelle (France) in 1987 where he finished 6th and the last one where he participated was in Ilhabella (Brazil) in 2019 where he finished 3rd (32 years later).

He won the title of Master World champion in Vilamoura 2018 and European Master Champion three times (2011, 2013, 2015).

To highlight his victories in the prestigious Princess Sofia Trophy (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) as well as his stage as Spanish coach of the Snipe class in Europeans such as Pori (Finland 2006), Las Palmas (Spain 2008), Cervia (Italy 2012) or Pori (Finland 2018) where all the victories were achieved. As well as his stage as a trainer in the Laser category where he achieved countless titles culminating in his participation with the Spanish coach in Rio de Janeiro 2016.

Damian’s crews:

1977-1978 Luis Pons
1978-1985 Javier Borbolla
1985-1988 Luciano Garcia
1989- 1994 Puri Lluch
1894- 1999 Javier Magro
1999-2001 Juan Magro
2001- 2011 Coach Time
2011-2012 Alejandro Fresneda
2012-2013 Borja Llopis
2013- 2015 Carlos Bats (Taliban)
2014-2018 Sara Franceschi
2018-2019 Jordi Triay
2019- 2023 Sara Franceschi

Damian credits the Snipe family to contributing to his way of being and modus vivendi. Having traveled to wonderful and unforgettable places, making friends forever, and learned a series of values that he cannot describe… 

He wants to thank the people who influenced his journey, without their charisma he would not have been able to accomplish these things. To name a few: Jan and Jane Persson, Birger Jansen, Andy Zavieja (his coach) or his great idols, Chiqui Garcia de Soto, Felix Gancedo, Santiago Lange, and Torben Grael.

The same with his great rivals, to which he is eternally grateful:  Fernando Rita, Jorge Haenel, or even Jordi Triay, and with the entire Snipe family.