- Pim Stumpel
- Ben Koppelaar
- Gonzalo “Bocha” Pollitzer
- Jochem-Bart “JB” Haakman
- Rick Spelde
- Demi van der Meer
- Gonzalo Morales Quintana
- Floris van de Werken
- Jolbert van Dijk
- Job Openings
Originally from: Hoorn, The Netherlands
About Pim Stumpel
Founder & Head coachPim has been involved with the Dutch National Optimist team since 2007. Since then he is one of the most achieving coaches around, winning several medals at IODA Optimist European- and WorldChampionships as well as Laser European- and WorldChampionships. He enjoys helping sailors set and achieve goals and guide them on their athletic journey.
Originally from: Zevenaar, The Netherlands
About Ben Koppelaar
Head CoachBen translated his succesful sailing career in coaching skills and has been involved with the National Laser Youth teams from 2010-2015. Now he has focussed his efforts on coaching Pieter Jan Postma in the Finn Class towards the RIO 2016 Olympic Games. Besides dinghy class coaching Ben has also been sailing and coaching in the Melges24 class with great success!
Gonzalo “Bocha” Pollitzer
Originally from: Buenos Aires, Argentina
About Gonzalo “Bocha” Pollitzer
& Sailing Center Director Lanzarote Marina RubiconBocha is co-founder of Optisailors, and is now joining the Dinghycoach team to help provide the best coaching for young sailors. He has been a sailor in Optimist, Cadet, Lightning, 470, 29er & 49er classes. In all of them competing at international level and achieving good performance. Has also been part of J80 & Melges 32 campaigns, including participation in World Championship. He is the Sailing Director of the training base in Lanzarote. Bocha has been coaching since 1999, for many teams, in different nations. He has a lot of experience on a wide variety of classes.
Jochem-Bart “JB” Haakman
Originally from: Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
About Jochem-Bart “JB” Haakman
CoachJochem-Bart is an experienced Laser Sailor, achieving several top-15 finishes at Laser Standard Youth European- and World Championships. Since 2011 JB is coaching different sailors on different levels in the Optimist, Laser4.7 and Laser Radial. Since 2013 JB is working with the Dutch National Optimist team together with Pim & Roelof. His skills, expertise in Optimist boat handling and patience works great in combination with the Optimist sailors, achieving steep learning curves and quick gains on boatspeed and boathandling.
Originally from: Maasdam, The Netherlands
About Rick Spelde
CoachRick has sailed several IODA Optimist European and World Championships coached by Pim. After sailing in the Optimist Rick continued in the Laser 4.7, Laser Radial & Laser Standard in which he has been consistently a part of the National teams or National Youth teams. Rick is now studying as a Maritime officier and coaching a lot. He is responsible for coaching the Dutch Optimist National Youth Team together with Demi.
Demi van der Meer
Originally from: Grou, The Netherlands
About Demi van der Meer
CoachDemi has been a successful Optimist and 420 sailor and a member of the Dutch National teams for years. As an optimist sailor he has competed in several World and European championships with Pim as his coach. He also is a very experienced team racing coming 5th at the 2011 Optimist Teamracing World Championships in New Zealand and also finishing 5th at the 2012 Optimist Teamracing European Championships in Italy. Now he is focussing his efforts on coaching and has found a passion for making young sailors better. As a sailor Demi was coached by Pim and now they work together again as colleagues, because they are used to working together their coaching styles are very similar as well! With 19 years old, he is the youngest and one of the most talented coaches in DinghyCoach and also in the Dutch National Optimist coaching team. His experience as a high level Optimist sailor going to several Worlds and European Championships makes him succesful in his hands-on coaching approach.
Gonzalo Morales Quintana
Originally from: Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Spain
About Gonzalo Morales Quintana
CoachGonzalo is a very succesful dinghy and big-boat sailor and has been sailing as a professional in the GP42 & RC44 circuit since 2007. He is a 6 time Spanish National champion in different classes and among his other sailing achievements are a Silver medal at Snipe Europeans, Silver medal at J80 worlds and Audi Med-Cup Winner. In short an all round guy with a wealth of knowledge! Besides sailing as a pro he is also a very succesful coach and sailmaker with his own sailloft on the island of Lanzarote! As a coach, Gonzalo has coached Spanish laser sailors to great achievements, among which a 4th place at Laser4.7 Worlds in 2011 and a Silver medal at the U21 Radial Worlds 2012.
Floris van de Werken
Originally from: Warder, The Netherlands
About Floris van de Werken
Floris is currently in the Dutch Sailing Federation 49er Talent team and training to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Next to sailing he also coaches with DinghyCoach during several Optimist or Laser National trainings and clinics in the Netherlands or internationally. He enjoys guiding athletes to a higher level and his own experience as an athlete helps him to guide younger sailors on a mental and physical level.
Jolbert van Dijk
Originally from: Lelystad, The Netherlands
About Jolbert van Dijk
CoachJolbert has been sailing in a wide variety of classes himself over the past years. He started out in Optimists with Pim as his coach and finished 9th at the 2008 Optimist Worlds. After sailing Opti’s he continued in the Laser4.7 but soon after decided the faster high performance multi hulls and skiffs like the F18 catamaran and 49ers. Jolbert went on to win the Youth World Title in the Nacra Worlds 2012 and he is currently part of the Dutch Sailing Federation 49er Talent team sailing several EuroSaf and WorldCup events.
About Job OpeningsWe are always on the lookout for talented coaches who share our passion of guiding athletes and making them better sailors and all round persons! Are you:
- Motivated to work with talented young sailors.
- In possession of a drivers license for car and motorboat.
- A talented sailor/coach with a good understanding of racing on the highest level.
- Able to work self sufficient and run your own training/coaching sessions.
- Flexible regarding working days and in for some traveling.
Frequently asked questions
What kind of clinics do you organize?
We organize all sorts of clinics in several locations for several clinics. Most clinics are for Lasers and Optimist but on occasion we also organize Skiff or multihull clinics. For our full clinic overview, please click here.
Do I have to register online?
Yes, to book your spot, please register for any of the clinics online. Your registration is confirmed as soon as payment or deposit is received.
Can I register multiple sailors for the same clinic?
Yes, to register more than one sailor, please select quantity tickets on the clinic registration page. You will then get the option to register a second/third/fourth/etc sailor for this clinic.
Is a charter boat included in the clinic?
Some clinics will have charter boats included but most are excl. charters. This information will always be stated on the clinic/event registration page so please read this page carefully.
What should I bring if I charter a boat
If you charter an Optimist with us usually you should bring your:
– Sail ties
– Wind indicator
If you charter a Laser with us, usually you should bring your:
– Sail + Batons
– Control lines + blocks, meaning: Vang system, Outhaul system, Cunningham system
– Traveler + traveler Block
– Tiller + Extention
Please note that this information will always be given on the event registration page so check carefully before you book your clinic.
How can I pay for my clinic or regatta coaching?
Every clinic registration page shows an option to book the clinic and pay directly online using iDeal, Creditcard payment or the option to get an Automatic invoice so you can pay by bank transfer. Please note that your clinic registration is only confirmed when payment is received.
Is accommodation included during my clinics?
Most clinics are excl. accommodation. However, some clinics will have accommodation included in the clinic fee. In this case there will also be the option to book excl. accommodation. The accommodation information will always be stated on the clinic/event registration page so please read the page carefully.
What is the best way to contact you?
To make sure our sailors get the attention they need and due to all the traveling, we are quite hard to reach by phone. The easiest you can reach us is by our contact form or by sending us an e-mail.
- General clinics
- Lanzarote clinics
email@example.com OR check out our Lanzarote page!
- Lanzarote villa’s
- Shop support
Who will be my coach during my clinic?
We believe that coaching is an essential part of athletic progress. Our team of professional coaches is eager to improve and test your sailing skills. Usually the coach will be indicated on every clinic/event registration page. In case this is not indicated you can expect the coach to be one of our DinghyCoach coaches, meet them here.
Does Dinghycoach offer Private/Group trainings?
Yes, our coaches are also available to come to your club or location and give a private training/coaching session or provide a training/coaching session for your team. Costs and availability depend on the coach and location. To make an inquiry, please e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Does Dinghycoach offer long-term programs?
Yes, depending on your wishes and our coach availability there will be several options to assist and guide you during a longer period of time. Feel free to contact us for the possibilities. E-mail to email@example.com
Where can I buy DinghyCoach products?
To buy our products you can visit our shop, click here.
How does my Dinghycoach product get delivered?
When you buy a book, video-card or any other product on our website. We will ship the product as soon as your payment is received. This means that including shipping you will have your product withing 4-5 working days (for shipments in Europe) and within 7-10 working days (for shipments outside Europe).
Where can i find information about Lanzarote clinics?
You can find all the information on Lanzarote clinics here.