Andre joined Team Windcraft at the beginning of the year as the Service Coordinator in New Zealand. He coordinates all the service jobs, oversees the commissioning of new boats, and is the go-to team member for Team Windcraft New Zealand’s customers.
Already a familiar face, Andre has worked on Windcraft yachts for over 4 years as part of the shipwright and boat building team. At the 2016 Windcraft Owners’ Rally it became clear he had a fantastic relationship with the owners and in turn they warmed to him immediately, and he joined the Windcraft family.
Windsurfing and learning to sailing
Andre grew up around boats and water. Windsurfing was his water-sport of choice in Germany, he used to compete, and this gave him a unique understanding of how wind works, which proved invaluable for helping sailors with navigation.
It was in Greifswald, Germany, the home of Hanse yachts, where his career really began as a boat building apprentice. A real highlight here was learning to sail on a big schooner. He fell in love with the quality of Hanse boats, drawn by their excellent build and reputation. It had always been his goal to work in the boating industry and after backpacking in New Zealand, he began working for a company that saw him get to know Windcraft, and the opportunity came along to fulfill his dream.
Andre enjoys working at Team Windcraft because he is surrounded by boats, and the feels part of a big family. Everyone gets on well and there is a good, positive work environment.
Andre finds his job most satisfying when he can solve a problem for a customer, and is proud when he gets good feedback about his service. He finds it very rewarding to conduct boat handovers, particularly if a customer hasn’t sailed before, and he can share his knowledge of how the how the boat will react in the wind.
He doesn’t miss an opportunity to get out on the water, and enjoys participating in the Friday night Rum Races in Auckland. A rally from Greifswald to Stockholm was particularly memorable because it taught him so much and was his first time in open water! He appreciates how lucky he is to get the chance to be on the water, it’s always a pleasure.