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Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel

Bronze medallists at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

The Team

The team is a 49er German team which are going to compete on the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. 
The team consist on Erik Heil and Thomas Plößel, who started sailing together back in 2001 and they race together on their 49er since 2007.
They are both from Berlin but the yacht club they have always been sailing is the NRV Hamburg. 
 
Achievements:
  • Bronze medal in Rio Olympics 2016
  • 3rd place World Championship 2020
  • Vice World Champion 2019
  • Winner Sailing World Cup Miami 2019
  • European Champion 2014
  • Winner Princess Sophia Trophy Palma de Mallorca 2013
Erik Heil Portrait

Erik Heil

helmsman

  • Born on the 10th of August 1989 in Berlin
  • Living in Kiel
  • Sports soldier and medical student
Thomas Plößel

Thomas Ploessel

crew

  • Born on the 29th of April 1988 in Oldenburg
  • Living in Hamburg
  • Mechanical Engineer (M.Sc.)

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Downwind Sailing

Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel high speed sailing downwind on the olympic high performance skiff 49er
© Frithjof Schade

Downwind Sailing

Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel sailing on the olympic high performance skiff 49er
© Frithjof Schade

Downwind Sailing

Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel at race start on the olympic high performance skiff 49er
© Frithjof Schade

Downwind Sailing

Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel light wind sailing on the olympic high performance skiff 49er
© Frithjof Schade

Downwind Sailing

Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel sailing downwind on the olympic high performance skiff 49er side view
© Frithjof Schade

Downwind Sailing

Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel close up sailing Downwind on the olympic high performance skiff 49er
© Frithjof Schade

Downwind Sailing

Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel speed testing with spanish team Botin & Marra on the 49er
© Frithjof Schade

Downwind Sailing

Erik Heil & Thomas Ploessel upwind sailing jumping over a wave on the olympic high performance skiff 49er
© Frithjof Schade

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