Sailing Team 'NextGen' to compete in The Ocean Race 2022-23

Sailing Team 'NextGen' to compete in The Ocean Race 2022-23

The team owned by Sailing Holland is back in The Ocean Race.

Sailing Holland and DutchSail announce that they will compete in the upcoming edition of The Ocean Race with 'SAILING TEAM NEXTGEN' - a Dutch-owned team sailing on behalf of yacht clubs the KNZ&RV and KRZV De Maas.

The campaign focuses on future generations and is supported by five partners, each of whom is committed to the next generations based on their own expertise. In addition, the team can count on the support of a large group of companies, united in a business club.

It's the thirteenth time in fourteen editions a Dutch-owned team will compete in the world's most prestigious sailing competition around the world.

The campaign can count on the support of Carolijn Brouwer, who made history in the last edition by being the first woman to win the race.

The campaign creates a unique collaboration between the most important Dutch sailing organizations, knowledge institutions, and companies. Who are all jointly supporting a better world for the next generations.

"We opted for a broad campaign. A campaign where there is room for larger and smaller sponsors next to the business club. These are all companies that can identify themselves with themes such as innovation, sustainability, and a high-performance culture." according to team director Gideon Messink from Sailing Holland. Messink, together with Anita van Oeveren, was also responsible for Team Brunel, in the previous two editions of the race.

Van Oeveren: “All these partners have one thing in common: they contribute to a better world based on their own expertise. The talks with a number of these parties are in the final phase, so we can now launch the campaign. At the same time we certainly still have room for companies to join the team. Supporting the team can be done in different ways, depending on budget and interest. We also need that extra support to be able to set up a winning campaign."


After three participations in foreign teams, it's the first time that Carolijn Brouwer has committed herself to a Dutch campaign in The Ocean Race. Brouwer: "Historically we, the Dutch, are the strongest country in The Ocean Race. ABN AMRO I was the last Dutch-flagged boat to win the race, but there was no Dutchie on board. In the last race I was on the winning boat, but that was not with a Dutch team."

"However, I have never sailed in a Dutch team. This campaign is hopefully going to change that. Not for myself, but for the next generations. I really believe we could inspire a lot of young kids back at home and at the local sailing clubs. Next to that, I would like to transfer my knowledge and experience to the next generation of young sailors. They need to see that dreams are achievable. "

The Ocean Race is the most prestigious sailing competition around the world. The 14th edition of the race starts on January 15, 2023, in Alicante, Spain. The Ocean Race ends six months and 32,000 nm later in Genoa, Italy. Along the way, Cabo Verde, Cape Town, Itajaí, Newport, Aarhus, Kiel and The Hague will be visited.


With 262 days left until the start of The Ocean Race, the team is already preparing for the start. The V065 boat - currently named Janssen de Jong - sailed from Sint-Maarten to Jeddah. Where the boat will stay for an event in the coming weeks. From mid-June, the boat will set course for The Hague. This leg will be used as a training block and selection for The Ocean Race. By the end of August, after a refit in the Netherlands, the boat will sail to the Balearic Sea. Where the crew will use the rest of the year in preparation for The Ocean Race start on January 15, 2023, in Alicante.

DutchSail is a non-profit organization with only one goal: Bringing together and keeping together all parties who directly and indirectly support watersports in the Netherlands. An important part of this bringing together means that the current rather big step from Olympic sailing disciplines, in which “we” the Dutch are so good, to the non-Olympic but prestigious sailing disciplines, must be made smaller and easier. DutchSail makes an effort to highlight the current innovation in watersports, in which the close relationship with the many knowledge institutions in the Netherlands plays an important role.

Sailing Holland has been responsible for Team Brunel's Volvo Ocean Race campaigns in 2014-15 and 2017-18. Sailing Holland takes care of the team management and owns the VO65.