Through sailing for almost 30 years I have developed myself into one of the most successfull allround sailors of the Netherlands.
I used to be active in the Olympic Laser class. Sailing the Laser I became World Champion in 2014. Because of this, I received the Conny van Rietschoten Trophy, the most important sailing award in the Netherlands, with the title "Sailor of the Year 2014".
In 2017 I switched to the Olympic Finn class to set out for a new challenge and develop myself as sailor and person for future ambitions.
During 2017, at the age of 27, I trained to an extra of 15 kilos of muscles to perform optimally in the Finn. Later in 2017 I won the bronze medal at the World Championship in the Finn class at Lake Balaton. A good start but we want more.
2018 and 2019 were really consistent years with hardly being outside the top three and winning multiple events, claiming the nr 1 on the world ranking. In 2020 my goal is going one up after I won a silver medal in the 2019 World Championship Finn in Melbourne. This all within the bigger goal of winning a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
After the race for Gold in Tokyo, I shift my focus to my next ambition: The Ocean Race or the SailGP.
MAIN CLASSES SAILED
Whitebread 30: Team Heiner Talents 2008-2009
Mumm30: Tour de France a la Voile, Team Delft Challenge 2008
GC32 Racing Tour: Orange Racing 2016
Finn World Championship Melbourne 2019 2nd
Finn European Championship Athens 2019 3rd
Finn European Championship Cadiz 2018 2nd
Finn World Championship Lake Balaton 2017 3rd
Laser World Championship Santander 2014 1st