I started sailing from a young age on small sailing dinghies and later was involved in racing teams on the 420 and 470 class. During summers when I was attending High School, I became a sailing instructor teaching kids sailing on the Maschsee in Hannover and on the Weser near Bremen.
After finishing my O-levels I was educated in Graphic Design for three years before moving on to study advertising. I was able to gain experience by working in an agency.
Eventually I felt my talents and interests were restrained in an agency so, it was in 2017 that I decided to dive head-first into the world of self-employment.
Around this same time, I started going to sea as a deckhand on Tall Ships and did a Trans-Atlantic crossing from Europe to Canada on the sailing cargo ship Avontuur.
Other ships followed such as the famous Eye of the Wind, the beautiful Tre Kroner, the classic yacht Kairos and was able to work my way up to Bosun onboard Europe’s largest wooden schooner Linden.
My sailing experiences furnished me with a strong interest in traditional ship rigging. I took a great opportunity to learn everything I could about this trade as an apprentice rigger on the refit of the Gorch Fock II, the sail training vessel of the German Navy. The following year I was contracted as a full-time rigger on the restoration of the historic sailing ship af Chapman.
Working onboard tall ships and designing for companies in the maritime industry combines two of my passions.