Zeilsport (her)ontdekt crowdfunding
Het fenomeen "crowdfunding´ wordt steeds vaker geassocieerd met topsport en nu ook met zeilen. Geen verrassing uiteraard met het huidige sponsorklimaat en de afnemende subsidies. Zelfs technisch directeur van NOC*NSF, Maurits Hendriks, pleit voor nieuwe financieringsvormen voor topsport in Nederland, zo zei hij bij NOS Langs de Lijn. Ik heb me eens verdiept in de zeilcampagnes, die op deze manier naar budget zoeken.
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Empty ocean full of trash
Last week, the world faced again a painful mirror by the article of Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen. The naked truth is that we are destroying our oceans! While racing from Melbourne to Osaka exactly ten years after his last participation, Macfadyen encountered silence and trash. An empty ocean, no bird life, callous fishermen and an amount of trash beyond imagination. The main question is how to stop and solve this environmental crime…
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Ocean racing in the media
Ocean Racing is news!
"Our public doesn´t know anything about the Fastnet Race and not much about sailing either, so covering Team SCA won´t make it in the editorial meeting", sounded the answer of our national sports channel upon my question to follow the Dutch girls onboard of Team SCA this summer. It remains a challenge to introduce sailing and in particular ocean racing to a wider audience in the Netherlands. However, the media exposure of the 34th America´s Cup in my country shows that it is possible…read more
Passion tells the story...
With my Bachelor in Communications Management at the Higher Institute of European Studies in the pocket, I felt ready to explore the world of yachting and communications. I could however not find an appropriate job that offered this combination of my two passions, so I created it myself in 2003: Diabo. Over the last ten years, I built up my own business as communications professional and passionate sailor. It brought me to all corners of our globe.