Denis Van Weynbergh

Skipper

A 50-year-old from Belgium, Denis Van Weynbergh is above all a fulfilled dad of two boys who runs his SME “PN Express Worldwide”, which is active in the transport sector. Passionate about sailing since his early childhood, he is a UCPA-qualified sailing and cruise instructor. He has also worked as a nautical journalist for “Yachting Sud”, a French-language yachting magazine. This skipper from Brabant currently lives in Ottignies and is trilingual (French-English-Dutch).
From a very early age, Denis sailed every summer with his family all over Europe. The revelation of the open sea and racing came to him in 2001 when he was participating in the Mini-Transat – a solo transatlantic race without means of modern communication and on boats measuring only 6.5 meters! To accomplish this, he accumulated more than 6,000 nautical miles in 6 months to reach his goal: to pass Ecuador in a Mini (the name given to boats measuring 6.5m) and arrive in Bahia in Brazil. He reached his goal on November 7, 2001.
Since then, Denis has continued to devour the nautical miles! In recent years, he has participated in several convoys, various solo and transatlantic races such as the Route du Rhum in 2010, a Transat for charity in 2011, the Transat Québec Saint-Malo in 2012, the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2013, and the Fastnet Race in 2015.
He has traveled around 60,000 nautical miles and has been issued the European ICC certificate. He is the only Belgian to have sailed in the biggest ocean races one after the other – and the Vendée Globe is currently the only one missing to complete his record.
Denis is not just a sailor... He is also a man with a big heart who wants to share his passion for sailing! He has already been involved in several social and community projects when he was director of a non-profit organization that helps troubled youths develop personally by practicing sports sailing. Thus, in 2010, 2011 and 2012, he sailed with young diabetics, earning himself the title of Honorary Citizen of his town of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve and winning the Fair Play Project Award from the Province of Walloon Brabant.
Denis Van Weynbergh
Denis Van Weynbergh
Denis Van Weynbergh
Denis Van Weynbergh