Paul Dijkstra (NED). 2013 Dutch and German Open Champion
is a Q&A that was completed by Dutch and German
Champion Paul Dijkstra
What got you into MPS class?
I sailed 49-er before but wanted to sail a boat alone.
The MUSTO Skiff was perfect for that. And I still think
it is the coolest boat there is!!!
What have you sailed previously?
Flits, Schakel, 29-er and 49-er,
How old , tall and heavy are you?
Born 1987, height 1.90m, weight 82kg
How much training did you do in
the MPS in the year prior to the nationals win?
Sailed all regatta weekends and so many weekends training
with my nephews as possible.
Did you do any specific training
exercises to improve your boatspeed & handling?
Not something special, try to train together so much
as I can. So we can see how the speed is. And I try
different boats during the summer to learn different
things. In the winter I sail with a model sailing boat
What were your rig settings (Take,
tension (shroud & Lowers) spreaders (length &
What did it feel like to lift
the trophy at the prize giving?
It felt great!! Nice to have a great competition with
more boats and win it.
Do you have any sponsors?
a sailing shop
What other hobbies do you have?
In the winter I do some competition in RC Sailing.
Are you married / have any kids?
Marieke is my girlfriend, the most of you will now here.
We will getting married the 12th of February next year.
What is your favorite band/music?
Rock from Jason Mraz to Queens of the stone age
What is your favorite food?
Mexian food and “gehaktballen” (kind of meat balls)
What is your day job?
Since 2012 I have my own boatbuilders company. Specialized
in carbon works, from parts to complete boats. Everything
is custom build. So if anyone wants a boat??!
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