Theo Streckenbach's first sailing experiences were on his family's small boat, sailing many summers along the Baltic, Danish, and Swedish coasts with his family. He quickly realized he was passionate about sailing and joined the local club’s sailing program in his hometown of Greifswald, Germany. He started in the Optimist class, and recalls that the shape and sails were "spot on" even though they weren’t Quantum Sails. After sailing various dinghy classes, he progressed to keelboats, all the while learning a lot and racing in programs throughout Northern Europe.
Theo's passion for sailing extended to a passion for sailmaking, which took him overseas to work as a sailmaker for North Sails, OneSails, and Hood Sails in Australia and New Zealand. During this time, Theo raced numerous regattas in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, including two Sydney Hobart Races and many Blue Water Series races. He met amazing people and was privileged to race on different TP52s, a Carkeek47, and fast 40-footers.
His desire to go to university took him to go back to Germany where he earned an engineering degree. But his studies didn’t stop him from working on boats. Theo continued to race around the Baltic and Mediterranean, enlisting all his sailing, sailmaking, and boat prep skills.
Theo is looking forward to an eventful 2023 season that will include a Transatlantic Race, Carribean600, Rolex Fastnet Race, and the ORCi Worlds. He'll race the Transat and C600 on a Maxi and the Fastnet Race and the ORCi Worlds on a 52. Theo feels lucky to be part of such great programs and, especially, to have joined Quantum Sails in 2022, working alongside Jorge Ferrero at Quantum Sails North East Germany based in Greifswald. "A Quantum loft in Greifswald will be of great value for everyone in this area and also for sailors throughout Germany."