Born in Hamburg (Germany) in 1981, he started sailing very young on Optimists and then on Lasers, 470s and H - 35. He began his career as boat builder in 2005 at Southern Ocean Marine in New Zealand. From 2007 onwards he then participated in two America 's Cup with Team Shosholoza (2007) and Artemis Racing (2013) and in two Volvo Ocean Races with Team Telefonica (2008/09 - 2011/12). Among other projects he worked with Platoon Racing for the Medcup in 2007 and on the construction of the 100-foot ' Comanche ' (2014). This is his third America's Cup, his first with Luna Rossa.