Hans Henken returns for Season 2 as grinder for the United States SailGP Team following last year’s debut campaign. His experience competing on the supercharged F50 will prove valuable to the crew as it looks to improve upon its overall season standing from last year.
Growing up in Southern California, Henken began sailing at just six-years-old in the Naples Sabot. He has competed at the highest levels of the sport since he was a junior sailor racing 470s, 29ers and 49ers. In 2008, he introduced himself to the world stage when he won a bronze medal at the youth world championships in the 29er class and topped that the following year when he became the Moth youth world champion.
He spent extensive time with the US Sailing Olympic Development Team, honing his craft and winning and reaching the podium at a handful of events, including the German National Championship.
Henken was a member of the Stanford University sailing team, earning a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering while with the Cardinal, an invaluable resource to compliment his sailing pedigree.
Henken is a member of the US Sailing Team, and along with his longtime partner Judge Ryan, is currently campaigning for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on the 49er, having just missed out in qualifying for the Rio Games in 2016.
Similar to his United States SailGP teammates, Henken is an avid surfer and enjoys taking to the slopes whenever he has free time.