At the age of 12 I started sailing in my backyard Het Paterswoldsemeer. I worked my way up from the Optimist and several youth classes to Olympic sailing. I did compete in three Olympic campaigns in two different classes and with 6 different crew mates.

Silver in Beijing 2008

In Athens 2004 we just missed the podium with a 4th but in Beijing 2008 we won the Silver Medal. After that I switched to match racing, we learned quickly but just lost the quarterfinals in London 2012.

Offshore Racing

In spring 2013 I got the opportunity to go on trial a team SCA. That’s when I got hooked on offshore racing. I competed in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 with Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag.

Trainer & Coach

As (interim) coach and trainer I help teams function on and/or off the boat in terms of communication and team work.


Beside sailing I’m, I also passed my NASM Personal Trainer exam and when I’m not on a yacht most likely you’ll find me somewhere in a gym.

New Challenge!

The next challenge I’ve set for myself is to combine my Olympic sailing experience and offshore skills in another Olympic campaign for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics!


  • 2017 / 2018: Volvo Ocean Race with Team Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag
  • 2017: Sailing Arabia the Tour, (Farr 30, skipper), Team AkzoNobel
  • 2015- now: Company owner 2BESportive; freelance race crew, coaching, clinics & presentations and Personal Training
  • 2013- 2014: Team SCA, Volvo Ocean Race Team
  • 1999-2013: 3 Olympic Campaigns, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012


  • Bachelor in Sport, Health and Management
  • NASM, International Personal Trainer
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
  • Performance Sailing Coach

Special Achievements

  • Silver Olympic Medal in Beijing 2008, Yngling class
  • 2008, Dutch Sailor of the year award, Conny van Rietschoten Trophee
  • Competed in 3 Olympic Games
  • 5 World Cup wins, (Yngling and Elliot 6m Match Racing)
  • 2 Silver Medals, European Championships, Yngling class & Matchracing
  • 8 Times National champion
  • Former number 1 World Ranking Women Matchracing
  • Team SCA, Volvo Ocean Race Team
  • 2 times Fastnet race
  • 2 times Sydney- Hobart race

 Other Racing Experience


  • Sydney- Hobart race 2016, Ragamuffin TP- 52 (trimmer)
  • WIMSERIES, Match racing Tour (3th overall)
  • Carlos Aguilar Match Race regatta, (1th)
  • Extreme Sailing Series Lisbon, (Mainsail trimmer and bow)
  • Les Voiles de St. Tropez;
  • Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup;
  • Lora Piana Superyacht Regatta;
  • Palma Vela, (Tilakkhana Wally 80, Jibtrimmer)
  • Helsinki Women’s Match, (3th)
  • North Sea Regatta, (Coin Coin Sydney 43, Navigator, 1th)
  • Sail Arabia the Tour, (Farr 30, Mainsail trimmer)


  • Sydney- Hobart Race (Ragamuffin TP-52, Headsail trimmer, 2th)
  • Raja Muda Regatta (Windsikher Welbourne 52, Headsail trimmer, 1st)
  • Les Voiles de St. Tropez (Tilakkhana Wally 80, Jibtrimmer)
  • Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (Tilakkhana Wally 80, Navigator)
  • WIMSERIES, Match Racing Tour events (4th)
  • Fastnet Race, (Baraka Ker 40, Helm, Mainsail trimmer)
  • North Sea Race & Vuurschepen Race (Baraka Ker 40, Helm, Mainsail trimmer)
  • Sail Arabia the Tour (Farr 30, Mainsail trimmer)

2013/ 2014

  • Team SCA (trialist)
  • Cowes week, (1st)
  • Fastnet Race Team SCA ( 4th)
  • Atlantic Crossing St. Martin- Southampton with the Monster Project Volvo
  • 49er FX


  • Olympic campaigns in Yngling, Elliot 6m and 49-er FX

Previous Classes

Optimist, Splash, Laser Radial, Europe, 470, Yngling, Eliott 6m, 49-er FX, J-22, VOR 60, 65 & 70, J-70, Farr 30, Farr 40, Wally 80, Sydney 43, GC 32, TP52, Welbourne 52, Sydney 100