Hi, my name is Hans-Peter Steinacher. My discipline is Extreme Sailing Series. My friends call me Steini. I was born on 9 September 1968 in Zell am See, Austria. My special talent is navigation and tactics. My favourite music is Phil Collins and Genesis.
Austria's Tornado sailing class leading pair Hans-Peter Steinacher and Roman Hagara have won more or less everything there is to win on the world's oceans: multiple world and European championship titles, and two Olympic medals. "Hans-Peter has become a master tactician," says Roman. "And now he is unbeatable when it comes to assessing other boats”.
Growing up in the town of Zell am See, deep in the heart of the Austrian mountains, the odds were that Hans-Peter would follow the classic path of skiing like so many before him. He was, however, inspired by Hubert Porkert - an Olympic sailor from his hometown – to follow his calling to the frozen waters of the ocean. His natural skill and diligence saw him established as a successful sailor who brought home a number of medals and titles. But, just as he was considering retiring from his sport, he met Roman Hagara.
Roman was looking for someone to fill a spot on his crew, and Hans-Peter slotted in perfectly. The rest, as they say, is history. Hans-Peter and Roman have now been competing together for many years, spending countless days together out on the water. In addition to their Olympic success for their native country, Austria, they can be found battling it out on the seas as part of the Red Bull Extreme Sailing crew – Roman as skipper, and Hans-Peter as trimmer and tactician.