Our Team

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Youth Vikings Denmark is a sailing team consisting of talented youth sailors eager to prove themselves on the big stage. Founded by Mads Emil Stephensen Lübeck, Daniel Bjørnholt and Christopher Falholt – three of the most talented sailors. The team has set up an advisory board, consisting of various skilled CEO’s to ensure the team makes the best decisions regarding partnerships and managerial issues.

The Team is sailing under the Royal Danish Yacht Club


 

Our Team Members

The most talented sailors

mads
Professional Sailor

Professional Sailor: SAP Exstreme Sailing

Being one of the most experienced dinghy sailors of his age,Mads began an Olympic 49’er campaign together with his brother Christian.After having delivered some impressive results in the 49’er, he paused his campaign, and then started crewing for SAP Extreme. For two years he has been competing with SAP on the “Extreme sailing series”, winning SAPs first ever overall podium position as runner up in 2015. Mads brings lots of experience to share with the rest of the Young Vikings.

Sailing Club: Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub

daniel
Sailing instructor

Sailing instructor; Oure Sport and Performance
Boatwork; Winner Optimist

Together with his brother Nicolaj, he is one of the most succesfull youth sailors Denmark ever had. Winning two silver, one gold medal at youth World Championships, and two gold, one silver at youth Europeans.
As a senior sailor he has secured an additional two silver medals at European Championships in fleets of more than
100 boats. His latest and most significant win was being crowned World Champion at the 2016 Hobie 16 Worlds in China. Skippering the last danish Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team Daniel took part of a selection series in San Fransisco in 2013. Unfortunately they didn’t get selected, but he is determined to finish the job this time.

Sailing Club: Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub

christopher

Studying chemical engineering: Danish
Technical University

Christopher has a lot of sailing experience moving through various youth classes. Most notably winning the Nordic
Championship in the Zoom 8 and coming 4th at the EUROSAF Youth Europeans in the 29’er. When the choice stood between an Olympic carrier and education, he took a break from highly competitive sailing, to focus on educational progression. In this period, he occasionally sailed the Melges 24. He also started crossfitting, which has ensured his position as one of the most fit sailors. Christopher has a bachelor degree in economics from University of Copenhagen, and is currently educating himself as a chemical engineer.

Sailing Club: Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub

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High School: Marselisborg Gymnasium Team
Denmark

Mathias is the foiling catamaran specialist. He has been sailing many different cats from Hobie 16 and Nacra 17 to Flying Phantom. Lately he has been sailing the foiling A-class. Besides his experience in cats, he has been a part of the professional sailing world for quite some time now. It started out with SAP Extreme, but he has also been sailing the Swan 60 and VO70 for professional teams.Mathias brings a lot of experience with professional teams to
the Youth Vikings. Besides that he is also very good with rope and boat building repairs, which means when there is brake down on the boat, he will be there to fix it.

Sailing Club: Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub

Nicolaj
Rigger

Rigger: Riggerne

Together with his brother Daniel, he is one of the most succesfull youth sailors Denmark has ever had. Winning two
silver medals at the ISAF Youth World Championships, and record holder in Hobie 16 youth European titles with three consecutive wins. As a senior sailor Nicolaj has multiple top 10 finishes at European Championships, and a victory in the Hobie 16 European Spi Cup. In 2013 he came 2nd at the Hobie Wildcat World Championship.
He sailed on the last danish Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team as they took part in a selection series in San Fransisco in 2013. Unfortunately they didn’t get selected, but he is determined to finish the job this time.

Sailing Club: Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub

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Stig Steinfurth has medals from several youth championships in the Olympic Laser and Finn classes.

Sailing Club: Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub

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Marketing Management Student

Studying: Marketing management Aarhus

Anders changed to keel boat sailing in an early age. After being introduced to matchrace in 2009, he joined one of Denmarks best amateur sailing teams called “Oxygen Sailing Team” in 2011. Together with the rest of the team he won the X-35 World Championship. In 2012 they won the Europeans, and silver at the Worlds. Anders’ latest win was at the famous Cowes Week 2016, sailing with Lady Mariposa Sailing Team, impressing as the team only had sailed together for half a year.
Since 2012 Anders has sailed a variety of high performance keel boats, learning from some of the best professional sailors in Europe. His main experience is from the bow, having physically challenging jobs and constantly looking forward in the game to be prepared for the next maneuver. Besides that, Anders has a lot of experience in how to set up a team, make a team work and run a campaign.

Sailing Club: Kongelig Dansk Yachtklub