Family aside, it doesn’t take much to make Jonathan “Jono” Swain happy. In fact, it only takes fresh fruit, a shower, and good wine.

But that’s after 20 straight days at sea, which he has fared plenty of times. Jono comes to PUMA with experience in four Volvo Ocean Races, most recently as watch captain onboard Telefonica Blue. Swain is considered an “all around sailor,” mixing offshore experience with an impressive inshore resume which includes an America’s Cup campaign, Louis Vuitton Series and trimming on Mean Machine

Aside from his duties as helmsman and trimmer, Jono is also one of the team’s medics. He gratefully has a sense of what’s in store.

“The leg from Auckland to Brazil is the hard one because you’ve got the Southern Ocean’s cold, windy fronts. That’s when you have to be on your game; holding the boat together and the people.”


Jono’s Vitals

Nationality: Ico-southafricaSouth Africa
Date of Birth: January 28, 1967
Hometown: Durban, South Africa / Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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  • Has sailed four Volvo Ocean Races

  • 1999 America's Cup

  • 2003-2005 Louis Vuitton Series