Schoolmates remember me as the kid that was always drawing boats during classes and thinking about sailboats and how to make them faster. In 2003 I became a member of technical team of Team ABNAMRO in the Volvo ocean race. In 2006, and 25 years old, I fulfilled my childhood dream, with a race winning result and a 24-hour record. This project made me aware that a competitive team environment combined with an integrated multidisciplinary approach can be a very successful approach for complex technical projects. The first taste of professional sailboat racing also made me very aware of technical risks, the need for proper resource planning and the dangers these boats can be for the humans using them.
Focusing on flow analyses and the development of light weight structures I worked in the European sailboat racing world for many years. Traveling from project to project chasing prices with newly developed boats. My focus of attention lay on the design and build aspects of incredibly light weight and extremely powerful racing machines. With this experience I’ve founded LinQ Boats in 2009, with the CQ6 being world’s first series build canting keelboat. Directly adapting ocean race technology in a pocket sized sportsboat.
In 2014 I’ve formed a new team and in this resulted in the start of Qconcepts. With a team of specialists with a background in different fields of expertise we’re working on challenging projects. The in-house prototype workshop forms an integrated approach in the developments. CNC-techniques, software and sensor development are all brought together under one roof.
Working in a team environment and working closely together with partners and team members, combined with a hands-on approach is what suits me best. I thrive in a highly dynamic environment and constantly challenge myself and my environment to keep pushing the human- and technical boundaries.
In the free time I playing the bass guitar in a rockband and sailing is and will stay a big part of my life off course. Sailing and racing is my energizer that keeps me going.