Team

Jens Kuphal

Manager

Jens Kuphal

Manager

Jens Kuphal – Years of experience in team and production management, together with an unrelenting passion for ocean sailing, allow Jens Kuphal to create the necessary framework and structures for Offshore Team Germany’s long-term success.

Robert Stanjek

Initiator, Team Captain

Robert Stanjek

Initiator, Team Captain

Starboat world champion Robert Stanjek, born in 1981, is one of Germany’s most successful sailors. He has won numerous national and international titles and landed sixth place at the 2012 Olympic Games. The young skipper first gained recognition when he won the Fastnet Race in 2013. One year later, Stanjek completed his training for the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race with the Dutch “Team Brunel”. Shortly thereafter, German sailing legend Jochen Schümann nominated Stanjek as helmsman of the 30-meter-long maxi yacht “Esimit Europa 2”. In 2015, Stanjek won the Fastnet Race for the second time at the helm of the Mini-Maxi “Momo”.

Michael End

CEO & Business Affairs

Michael End

CEO & Business Affairs

Michael End has been passionate about sailing since his childhood. Today, the successful businessman lends his full support and enthusiasm to Offshore Team Germany and its ocean sailing endeavors. His primary motivation is to “bring Germany back to the starting line of offshore racing.”

Morten Bogacki

Segler

Morten Bogacki

Sailor

Born in 1986, Morten Bogacki began sailing at an early age: starting with the Optimist, the International 420, and then the Olympic 470, he has various championship titles and a successful run with the national team under his belt. In 2016, he obtained his medical license, but even during his studies, he had sailed countless miles in the Atlantic and Baltic Sea in the wake of his family’s own mini series. With two wins at the legendary Silverrudder Challenge, this all-around talent demonstrated a smooth transition into shorthanded offshore sailing.

Joff Brown

Technical Project Manager

Joff Brown

Technical Project Manager

Born in England in 1976, Joff Brown has enjoyed a long and successful career as the project manager of high-tech sailing teams. He has managed numerous IMOCA 60 campaigns since 2000, including the “Hugo Boss 6” which he built for Alex Thomson Racing. Joff is responsible for the performance and reliability of the yachts and boasts to date a 100% finisher rate. Moreover, he is a member of the IMOCA Technical Committee.

Ian Smith

Boat Captain

Ian Smith

Boat Captain

After sailing in his youth and a brief Olympic campaign, Ian Smith, born in England in 1984, quickly set foot in the big boat and offshore sailing scene. For Ian, sailing is more than a passion – it’s his calling. He has distinguished himself with numerous athletic successes and was part of Team New Zealand’s shore crew during the 2004/05 America’s Cup. Since then, Ian has been in charge of various refit, new build and regatta projects, in addition to being boat captain of the IMOCA 60 “Hugo Boss 6”.

Phillip Kasüske

Segler

PhilLip Kasüske

Sailor

Phillip Kasüske, born in 1994, is one of Germany’s most promising talents in Olympic Finn dinghy. The 2016 Junior World Champion and serial German Vice-Champion is still hoping for the chance to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. This dedicated athlete is a versatile sailor who has already gained experience in ocean sailing: he is the powerhouse at the grinder on board the IMOCA Open 60.

Adrian Bleninger

Technik- und Segelteam

Ralf Abratis

Spokesperson

Born in 1967, Ralf Abratis started sailing on the lakes of Schleswig-Holstein. After intensively competing in regattas during his youth, his career compelled him to take a break from dinghy sailing for a couple of years. In the mid-90s, however, he celebrated his comeback. Today, the hobby sailor and freelance journalist turned newspaper and magazine editor is able to combine his passion and profession. He has been actively working in public relations for various sailing events for the past several years.