Peter van Niekerk (NED)
Roles and responsibilities:
Helmsman, sail trimmer
Volvo Ocean Race participation:
2008-09: Delta Lloyd – 7th
1997-98: (Whitbread Race) Brunel Sunergy – 8th
2016: Set new monohull transatlantic record time aboard Roy and Kirsty Clarke’s 100-foot Comanche
2007: Winner of 32st America's Cup with Alinghi2004: Athens Olympic Games – 14th in Star class (with helmsman Mark Neelman)
2003: Winner of 31st America's Cup with Alinghi
2000: Sydney Olympic Games – 4th in Soling class (with helmsman Roy Heiner and fellow crew Dirk de Ridder)
Dutchman van Niekerk (45) won the 31st and 32nd America’s Cups with Swiss syndicate Alinghi and has competed twice before in the Volvo Ocean Race: first in 1997-98 – when the race was known as the Whitbread Race – with Brunel Sunergy (8th place); and 10 years later in 2008-09 with Delta Lloyd (7th).
He finished fourth in the Soling class at the Sydney 2000 Olympics with helmsman Roy Heiner and fellow crewman Dirk de Ridder, and 14th in the Star class at the Athens 2004 Games, crewing for Mark Neeleman.
In the summer of 2016 van Niekerk was part of the crew of the American 100-foot ocean-racer Comanche that smashed the monohull transatlantic record time for a passage from the US to England.