Hans-Peter Steinacher

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Hans-Peter Steinacher
Medal record
Representing  Austria
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 2 0 0
World Championships 1 2 1
European Championships 4 2 0
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Tornado
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Tornado
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Vallensbæk Tornado
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney Tornado
Silver medal – second place 2001 Richards Bay Tornado
Bronze medal – third place 2006 San Isidro Tornado
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1997 La Grande-Motte Tornado
Gold medal – first place 2000 Alassio Tornado
Gold medal – first place 2001 Silvaplana Tornado
Gold medal – first place 2006 Travemünde Tornado
Silver medal – second place 2003 Cagliari Tornado
Silver medal – second place 2005 Västervik Tornado

Hans-Peter Steinacher (born September 9, 1968 in Zell am See) is an Austrian sailor and Olympic champion. He won a gold medal in the Tornado Class with Roman Hagara at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[1] They won the gold medal again at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[2] This, to date, makes them Austria’s the most successful summer sport athletes as the first professional Austrian sailing team.

Along with his teammate Roman Hagara, he has won the Austrian Sports Personality of the Year twice, in 2000 and 2004.

America's Cup & Red Bull Youth America's Cup[edit]

Since 2009 he has focused more on the big boat scene with Roman Hagara, including competing on an America’s Cup yacht at Hagara-Steinacher Racing (HS Racing) in the 2011–13 America's Cup World Series.

Under the flag of the United States for San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club, the duo competed in a 2013 America’s Cup World Series event in Naples, Italy. Racing this event gave the team firsthand experience in what has become Hagara and Steinacher’s primary focus, mentoring the next generation of sailors on the next generation of sail boats: hydrofoils.

Extreme Sailing Series[edit]

Hans-Peter Steinacher is currently also the tactician for Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series.[3] With the series' announcement that foiling catamarans will be part of its future, Hagara and Steinacher have taken on a full crew of athletes who honed their skills in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

Mentoring Young Talents[edit]

As of 2015, Hans-Peter Steinacher and Roman Hagara mentor young sailors in three series: as sports directors of Red Bull Foiling Generation[4] and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and as leaders of the Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team that competes in the Extreme Sailing Series. Hagara and Steinacher look for the best and most talented sailors in their respective age groups to give them insights and show them a new way of sailing.


Originally a ski racer, Hans-Peter Steinacher moved into sailing at the age of 17, where he took full advantage of the skills learned on the snow. Back then, he competed against his now team mate Roman Hagara. For years, the now teammates competed against each other until they decided in 1997 to train fort he 2000 Olympics together. Before 1997 Hans-Peter Steinacher was helming a tornado catamaran, now he is the team's tactician. In the 2000 Olympics, the team was the very first to work with customized sails. “In doing this we actually created a new style of how to sail a boat,” Steinacher is cited. Since then, they have always focused on being ahead of technological developments, which now shows in their involvement in the foiling technology.[5]

In his spare time, Hans-Peter Steinacher is also a licensed pilot.


  1. ^ 2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia – SailingdatabaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on May 23, 2008)
  2. ^ 2004 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece – SailingdatabaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on May 23, 2008)
  3. ^ "Red Bull Sailing Team". www.extremesailingseries.com. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  4. ^ "Get a glimpse at the future of sailing". www.redbull.com. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  5. ^ Sailing, Red Bull Extreme. "News". www.redbullextremesailing.com. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 

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