Nicole van der Velden

Height168cm / 5’51”Home CountrySpain
Weight62kg / 136lbHometownMadrid, Spain

SailGP Highlights

  • Event Wins - 1

Career Highlights

  • 2020 - 49er FX World Championship - 14th
  • 2019 - 49er FX World Championships - 14th
  • 2018 - ISAF World Championships - 49er FX - 15th
  • 2016 - Rio Olympic Games - Nacra 17 - 16th

Nicole van der Velden joined the Spain SailGP Team as Strategist ahead of the fourth event of Season 3 in Copenhagen.

Born in Spain but raised on the island of Aruba, Van der Velden started windsurfing at the age of 11 and spent the majority of her time slalom windsurfing for the next six years.

Van der Velden began in the Nacra 17 in 2012, representing Aruba at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, before deciding to switch her representation to the country of her birth, Spain.

Van der Velden has sailed various classes, campaigning for the 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 and moving to 49er FX for the 2020 Campaign. She finished 16th in the 2016 Olympics, and is currently campaigning towards the 2024 Olympic Games in the IQ Foil windsurfer.

She has additional experince in the WASZP class and windsurfing slalom.