About me - Lina Rixgens

(c) Jan Rixgens
(c) Jan Rixgens

 


Born in 1994, I lived in Cologne in the west of Germany until I started studying medicine in Belgium in 2012.

 

I have been doing competitive sailing for more than 10 years. Since 2009, I participated in the former olympic Europe-Class in many international races, European and World Championships.

 


Europe-Class World Championship 2014 in La Rochelle, (c) Lutz Möller
Europe-Class World Championship 2014 in La Rochelle, (c) Lutz Möller


In 2010, I had the great opportunity to be part of the project High Seas High School and to do my first Atlantic Crossing on board of a sail training ship. Out there, I gained my first real offshore experience and sailed about 14.300 nautical miles (26.000 km).

 

After this extraordinary voyage, I knew that it had become my aim to combine racing with offshore sailing.


my home for half a year during the project High Seas High School, (c) www.hshs.eu
my home for half a year during the project High Seas High School, (c) www.hshs.eu

 

Over the last years, I have been competing in Offshore Sailing Races such as 2011 Offshore Challenge from Edinburgh to Kiel (Germany) or 2013 Nordstream Race from Flensburg (Germany) to Saint Petersburg (Russia) on board of the 16 meter-long Haspa Hamburg.

 

More and more I developed the idea to get into the French dominated singlehanded offshore racing community. Therefore, the Class Mini 6.50 offers the best start; the majority of today’s successful offshore sailors began their carriers in this class. The Mini Transat is the international highlight of the class’ racing calendar.

 

helming "Haspa Hamburg" at the Nordstream Race 2013 in the bay of Saint Petersbourg, (c) Andrey Sheremetyev / Saint Petersburg Yacht Club
helming "Haspa Hamburg" at the Nordstream Race 2013 in the bay of Saint Petersbourg, (c) Andrey Sheremetyev / Saint Petersburg Yacht Club