The Race Veteran - Bouwe Bekking

This is a tribute site to the great dutch race veteran Bouwe Bekking that has participated in several Volvo Ocean Races. Bouwes first attempt was as early as back in 1985-86, since then he has participated in several races across the globe and as a captain for the Brunel team in Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 he managed to finish second behind Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.


Date of Birth: June 17, 1963

Lives in: Deventer, The Netherlands
Interesting facts: Bouwe loves all things on ice and snow - which involves speed skating, ice sailing and skiing. 

Speaks : Dutch, English and Danish.

Famous quote: “A Dutch-speaking team in the Volvo Ocean Race again – we owe this to our heritage and the future sailing generations to come. But above all it’s the best sailing in the world. Our nation is known around the world as the country of windmills, dykes, tulips, cheese, wooden clogs – and the Volvo Ocean Race. The race is just in our blood.”

Previous Volvo Ocean Races: 
2008-09, Telefónica Blue, skipper
2005-06, movistar, skipper
2001-02, Amer Sports One, co-skipper
1997-98, Merit Cup, helmsman and tactician 
1993-94, Winston, watch captain
1985-86, Philips Innovator, co-skipper

Sponsors: Bouwe Bekking has been sponsored by Volvo Ocean Race, Svealight, Musto, RigidNordicstylingLjusgiganten a supplier of led bar for boats and many more.