A California native, Hans began sailing at six-years-old in the Naples Sabot. He has since competed at the highest levels of the sport in classes such as the 29er, 49er, the International Moth and most recently the supercharged, hydrofoiling F50 in the global SailGP Championship. In 2008, he introduced himself to the world stage when he won a bronze medal at the VOLVO Youth World Championships in the Men’s Double – Handed Division, 29er Class, and then proceeded to top that the following year when he became the U23 International Moth World Champion at the 2009 CST International Moth World Championships. He has spent extensive time with the US Sailing Olympic Development Team, US Sailing Team and US Sailing Team Squad, honing his craft and campaigning on the Olympic circuit in the 49er Class. While pursuing his dream of one day competing at the Olympic Games, Hans also attended Stanford University from 2011-2018, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. During his time at Stanford, he was a member of the Stanford Varsity Sailing Team and was Team Captain from 2013-2014 during the Cardinal’s most successful season.
Hans is currently a member of the US Sailing Team Squad. From 2015-2020 he campaigned alongside his longtime partner Judge Ryan for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games and finished 2nd and 3rd respectively at the US Olympic Trials in the 49er Class. Hans looks to continue to pursue his dream of competing at the Olympic Games and plans to campaign for the 2024 Olympic Games in the 49er Class. Hans has also returned for his second season of the global SailGP Championships for US SailGP Team, as one of the starting athletes, and continues to provide his sailing experience and engineering background on the supercharged F50.
Hans is an avid skier, and surfer and enjoys taking to the slopes, or the surf whenever he has free time. Also, hans is literally a rocket scientist, and aspires to work on rocket engines when the time comes to move on from competitive sailing.
Date of Birth: 06-04-92
Hometown: Coronado, Calif.
Education: Stanford University – Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering (BS) Stanford University – Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering (MS)
Club: Coronado Yacht Club; St. Francis Yacht Club
US Sailing Team members 2016 – present
3 National Titles, 1 North American Title
2008 US Youth Sportsmanship Award
2015 Stanford University Conference Male Athlete of the Year
2015 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association First All-Academic Sailing Team
US Sailing 2007 Dave Perry Sportsmanship Award
Yacht Racing Union of Southern California 2010 Yachtsman Excellence Award