49er

Hans Henken

49er

Hans Henken

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.

About

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.
Lives In:
Education: Stanford University – Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering (BS) Stanford University – Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering (MS)
Club: Coronado Yacht Club; St. Francis Yacht Club

Q&A’s

When did you start sailing? At the age of 6 in the Naples Sabot at Dana Point, California.

When not sailing, what do you do? I am an avid skier, and surfer and enjoy taking to the slopes, or the surf whenever I can.

What are your 2021 goals? To establish a 49er Olympic Campaign for 2024 known for excellence that will inspire the next generation of sailors to challenge greatness and pursue the Olympic Dream.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? Motivated by the actions and successes of many other people in the both the fields of engineering and ahtletics and in forever pursuing the question of: “Why not?”

3 words to describe you? Loyal, Dedicated, Resilient

What accomplishment are you most proud of? As a master’s student at Stanford University, I worked in the Propulsion System Design Laboratory on a small team to develop, from the ground up, a scaled hybrid rocket engine.

What sport would you do if not sailing? I love to ski and actually competed for the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team from 2004 – 2008 as a J2.

What do you want to do apart from competitively sailing? I am literally a rocket scientist and want to build rocket engines for the exploration of space once done sailing competitively.

Why did you want to become a Rocket Scientist? I have always been drawn to adventure and exploration and as a child wanted to be an astronaut because of my love for space. I have also loved building and designing new things and found Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering to be a great area to combine my passions in both of these areas.

Schedule

Racing Schedule

49er European Championships, TBA, Aug. 18-31, 2021

49er World Championships, TBA, Nov. 8-21, 2021 * Second Milestone Event

Sailing Achievements

Sailing Achievements:

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

Olympic Development Track

About:

Date of Birth: 06-04-92
Hometown: Coronado, Calif.
Lives In:
Education: Stanford University – Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering (BS) Stanford University – Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering (MS)
Club: Coronado Yacht Club; St. Francis Yacht Club

Q&A’s:

When did you start sailing? At the age of 6 in the Naples Sabot at Dana Point, California.

When not sailing, what do you do? I am an avid skier, and surfer and enjoy taking to the slopes, or the surf whenever I can.

What are your 2021 goals? To establish a 49er Olympic Campaign for 2024 known for excellence that will inspire the next generation of sailors to challenge greatness and pursue the Olympic Dream.

Who or what is your inspiration in life? Motivated by the actions and successes of many other people in the both the fields of engineering and ahtletics and in forever pursuing the question of: “Why not?”

3 words to describe you? Loyal, Dedicated, Resilient

What accomplishment are you most proud of? As a master’s student at Stanford University, I worked in the Propulsion System Design Laboratory on a small team to develop, from the ground up, a scaled hybrid rocket engine.

What sport would you do if not sailing? I love to ski and actually competed for the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team from 2004 – 2008 as a J2.

What do you want to do apart from competitively sailing? I am literally a rocket scientist and want to build rocket engines for the exploration of space once done sailing competitively.

Why did you want to become a Rocket Scientist? I have always been drawn to adventure and exploration and as a child wanted to be an astronaut because of my love for space. I have also loved building and designing new things and found Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering to be a great area to combine my passions in both of these areas.

Racing Schedule

49er European Championships, TBA, Aug. 18-31, 2021

49er World Championships, TBA, Nov. 8-21, 2021 * Second Milestone Event

Sailing Achievements:

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