Hans Henken has been competing at the highest levels of the sport since he was a junior sailor racing 470s, 29ers and 49ers. Henken won the bronze medal at the 2008 Youth World Championships in the 29er class and went on to become the Moth youth world champion in 2009.
A member of the US Sailing Team, Henken and longtime sailing partner Judge Ryan are currently campaigning for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on the 49er having just missed out in qualifying for Rio in 2016.
A graduate from Stanford University, Henken earned a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, which no doubt will come in handy in his role as flight controller for the team.
Like his teammates, Henken is an avid surfer, and takes to the slopes whenever he can.
“I’ve always wanted to blend my engineering with sailing and SailGP is the perfect opportunity. To be a part of this team and really see that this is the pinnacle of both the engineering and sailing world is really cool for me.”