Hans Henken
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  • Hometown:
    Coronado, Calif.
  • Birthdate:
    June 4, 1992
  • School:
    Stanford University – Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering (BS) Stanford University – Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering (MS)
  • Member of:
    Coronado Yacht Club; St. Francis Yacht Club

Athlete Bio:

Hans and Judge are both California natives. Judge started sailing at the San Diego Yacht Club Junior Program at the age of six. Hans began his sailing career up the coast at the Dana Point Yacht Club. Both learned to sail in the Southern Californian Naples Sabot. At the age of nine Hans’ family would relocate from the San Clemente Area to Coronado where Hans began sailing at the Coronado Yacht Club. Judge and Hans would eventually start to compete against one another on the Junior circuit.

By chance, Judge and Hans’ fathers began chatting at a local regatta deciding it would be exciting for the boys to try out a double handed boat together. Hans age ten and Judge age eleven were at first reluctant, but decided to give it a shot. The boys began practicing in the Club 420, Hans on the trapeze and Judge helming. At the time, neither had any idea how far their friendship and sailing pairing would take them.

Judge and Hans quickly began to click as a team. They won many local regattas in the Club 420 and began to travel the U.S. to compete against other top level youth teams. In 2005, it was announced that the 29er World Championships would be hosted in San Francisco Bay. Judge and Hans had no idea what a 29er was, but they were fortunate enough to acquire one of the charter boats that was used at the World Championship. Their sailing coach explained that this fast boat with orange see-through sails was the future of sailing. The boys tried out the new 29er and were instantly hooked.

The boys would rise through the ranks in the 29er both domestically and internationally. In 2008, they would place third at the Youth World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark. The bronze medal performance was a major milestone in Hans and Judge’s sailing careers. It was a culmination of all their hard work and dedication.

After their Youth Worlds performance Hans and Judge would take some time apart to focus on their own personal sailing. Judge focused on the International 420 and 470 while Hans continued to sail skiffs and began sailing the first foiling boat of its kind, the Moth. In 2009 Hans would be crowded the Moth Youth World Champion. The 2009 Moth Worlds were held at the infamous Gorge (Columbia River, Oregon) and were won by Bora Gulari.

In 2010 Judge would lead his High School Sailing team to their first ever National Championship. He would then go on to attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2011 Hans would graduate from Coronado High School and go on to attend Stanford University. Hans and Judge would compete regularly against one another on the college sailing scene.

Sailing Achievements:

US Sailing Team members 2016 – present
3 National Titles, 1 North American Title
2008 US Youth Sportsmanship Award
Highest ranked North American 49er team