I was born in 1994 in Bergisch Gladbach and spent my school years in Cologne. After passing the final exams, I studied medicine in Belgium from 2012-2020. Currently I live in Hamburg and have started a PhD study at the University of Kiel until the end of my current sailing project and my entry into professional life as a doctor.
I have been an ambitious regatta sailor since 2004 and have made sailing my competitive sport. I started in the Opti, where I quickly sailed in the Northrhine-Westphalian squad. Since 2009 I have been in the Europe class and have successfully participated in numerous major international regattas and championships, as well as several World and Youth European Championships.
These two boats are dinghies.
Besides the regattas, I participated in the project “High Seas High School” from October 2009 to May 2010 and sailed 14,300nm from Hamburg to Central America and back on a gaff schooner, which is a sail training ship. My first real long distance experience.
After this unique voyage it was clear to me that I wanted to combine regatta sailing with offshore sailing!
In 2011 I found a great club of young and motivated sailors with the „Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt“ and the “Segelgruppe Störtebeker” there and participated from 2011-2013 in several trips and races on the yacht “Haspa Hamburg”, a Judel/Vrolijk 52.
Since 2012, more and more the idea has developed to become active in the French-influenced single-handed ocean racing scene. The Mini 6.50 class offers the classic entry point for this, and the Mini Transat is the highlight of the regatta calendar.
In 2016 and 2017, I participated in numerous single- and double-handed races in the Mini 6.50 class in the Atlantic and Mediterranean on my Mini 732 (Pogo 2, older generation boat) sponsored by CPM Hubert Hell GmbH. I trained for this in a training group in La Rochelle.
Thus, in 2016 I was able to meet all the qualification criteria for one of the coveted starting places for the Mini Transat and in the fall of 2017 I was at the starting line of the transatlantic regatta in the category of the series boats. After a difficult first leg from La Rochelle to Gran Canaria with some technical problems (52nd place, 12d17h15m), I had a great second leg, crossing the finish line in Martinique in 37th place (18d04h07m) and thus becoming the first German woman to finish this race.
Since summer 2019 I am racing with my newly built Mini 982 (type Wevo 6.5) thanks to my main sponsor Avanade. Due to the Corona pandemic and the final stage of my studies, I trained a lot on the Baltic Sea in 2019 and 2020. I also participated in the 1500nm solo regatta SAS en Baie de Morlaix in the summer of 2020 and successfully qualified for the Mini Transat 2021. Since spring 2021 I am now training in the training center in Lorient, Brittany, and thus prepare myself optimally for the season. Until the start of the Mini Transat in September 2021, five races and many training days are on the schedule.