Bouwe Bekking

Bouwe Bekking


The strength of this speaker
  • Leadership
  • Adventurous
  • Doing business

About Bouwe Bekking

Bouwe Bekking has participated a total of seven times in the Volvo Ocean Race. He participated for the first time during the Volvo Ocean Race 1985/1986. In the last edition of 2014/2015, Bouwe participated with Team Brunel, which gave him a great second place. As a skipper he swears by a culture of personal responsibility and openness. These are aspects that he also highlights during a presentation.

The team is fundamental for success”

Why Bouwe Bekking Book as a speaker ?

As a skipper and leader in sailing, Bouwe Bekking can be used for presentations on leadership, cooperation and innovation. He knows better than anyone what it’s like to give direction and set course and makes a clear link to the business world in his presentations. With breathtaking images and examples, Bouwe takes you into the world of sailing.


Born in Deventer, Bouwe Bekking has been a professional sailor for over thirty years. Starting from his childhood on, water has been a great passion of Bouwe. In the 1985-1986 ‘Around the World race’ he was a 21-year-old co-shipper with the Dutch boat Philips Innovator. More than thirty years later, Bouwe Bekking participated seven times in total. In 1993-1994 with the Winston as watchman, in 1997-1998 with the Merit Cup where he was strategist and tactician, in 2001-2002 as co-shipper with Amer Sports One and in the 2005 and 2008 editions with Movistar and Telefonica Blue respectively. During the edition of 2014-2015, he was skipper of Team Brunel where he achieves a second place with eight crew members. The unique feature of this edition is that for the first time ever, all teams sail with identical boats. In the selection procedure for the crew members, Bouwe works together with Anje-Marijcke van Boxtel, director coaching at organizational agency Schouten en Nelissen. During the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, Bouwe was coached by Anje-Marijcke. After a difficult middle period, this ultimately resulted in a second place for Team Brunel. During his sailing career, he became European and World champion a total of 4 times and has won 16 national titles.

An impression of this speaker


  • Second place Volvo Ocean Race with Team Brunel 2014-2015
  • Four times European- and World champion
  • Winner of the Admiral’s Cup, Newport Bermuda Race, Sydnet to Hobert Yacht Race and Sardinië Cup

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