Our guest on the latest episode of The Yacht Racing Podcast is the legendary Dutch ocean racing skipper Bouwe Bekking.
Bekking is best known as an around-the-world race campaigner and has eight Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Races to his name. Even more impressive is his track record of results which features six top three overall finishes.
2017-18 Brunel – 3rd
2014-15 Brunel – 2nd
2008-09 Telefónica Blue – 3rd
2005-06 movistar – 6th
2001-02 Amer Sports One – 3rd
1997-98 Merit Cup – 2nd
1993-94 Winston – 4th
1985-86 Philips Innovator – 2nd
Away from round the world racing Bekking is highly active on the international regatta circuit skippering the J Class Lionheart as well as several other top flight big boat or superyacht programmes.
However, as you will hear on the podcast this Dutchman may not yet be finished with around-the-world racing, as he has hopes of mounting a Swedish-flagged entry in the 2021-22 edition of The Ocean Race, to help promote the work of the World Childhood Foundation.
Justin Chisholm – editor of the Yacht Racing Life website and host of The Yacht Racing Podcast – spoke to Bekking on Zoom at his family home in Denmark.