Born on 8 April 1977, Darwin Australia.
I have two siblings: a brother (Steven)

and a sister (Monique). Ouder jonger? 
During my childhood I lived alternately in Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
At the age of 14 our family returned to the Netherlands for good.

After finishing my education, I started my

own contractor business in 1998. At the age

of 23 I went to Australia to travel. It was during this trip that I got fascinated by sailing and being an adventurer.

Next Adventure

Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020 /2021 > double handed

This year I will participate in the toughest row again, this time in the pairs segment. I will team up with Kai Wiedmer. 


Based on my previous result, beating the single handed record by 19 days and arriving ahead of most other (4 men) boats, my next goal is to row double handed and be the overall first boat to finish, attempting to crush another world record!


For my first crossing I bought Peanuts. Although she helped me cross the Atlantic safely, I could think of some improvements. So I’ve started my own ocean rowing and sailing adventures company ‘Dutch Ocean Expeditions’ in which among other things I produce and sell high quality hand build boats. And of course I’m building my own carbon rowing boat for my second crossing, truly amazing. I’m so much looking forward taking her on her maiden voyage.