INTERVIEW: Every Second Counts – On the Go with German Sailor Philipp Autenrieth

INTERVIEW: Every Second Counts – On the Go with German Sailor Philipp Autenrieth

Precision timing plays a pivotal role in Philipp Autenrieth's career. The regatta sailor has proven himself on the waters of the lake Alster in Hamburg and was among the first to wear the Hamburg Chrono. The new STERNGLAS timepiece combines the spirit of sailing tradition with the precision of a modern chronograph.

6 Questions for German Sailor Philipp Autenrieth

Philipp Autenrieth, 33 years young, has been active in the sport of sailing for nearly 20 years. We asked him some questions about the world of sailing and the significance of time in his regatta routine.


1. Hi Philipp, could you start by explaining what exactly a regatta is?

A regatta is a competitive sailing event. There are offshore regattas, held on the ocean, and inland regattas, where boats sail on marked courses. Similar to Formula 1, it's about positioning and tactical skill rather than just time. Wind, weather, and opponents all play important roles.

2. How did you get into regattas?

I learned to sail on the small lakes of Bavaria in the south of Germany. Now, I compete for both the Bavarian Yacht Club and the North German Regatta Club, based at the lake Alster in Hamburg. That's also my connection to Sternglas. Sailing on the Alster is incredibly challenging from a sporting perspective, but sailing right in the middle of the city, there are very few places where that's possible and as enjoyable and impressive.

3. What role does time play in regattas?

Time is a crucial factor in regattas. Timing is essential for success because a good start can make the difference between victory and defeat.

4. What does a typical day at a regatta look like?

A typical regatta day consists of 2 to 3 races, each lasting about an hour. Overall, I spend about 4 to 6 hours on the water and the rest of the day on preparation and debriefing. It's an intense time that requires a lot of strength and endurance.


Philipp in action with his sailing partner Luise @philipp_autenrieth_sailor

5. The Hamburg Chrono features an engraving of the Hamburg Alster, which holds special significance for us as a Hamburg-based company. What significance does the Alster have for you?

My club, the North German Regatta Club, is located on the Außenalster. Sailing on the Außenalster is special because it's right in the middle of the city and simply a beautiful place to practice the sport.



6. What are your plans for the future in sailing?

I naturally want to stay closely connected to sailing. I've been involved for 20 years and have met many people in clubs and at international competitions. Whether my sailing career evolves towards professional sports, on big or small boats, even on the Alster, the future will show. There's also the possibility that I'll be at the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. This decision will be made in the second half of the year. However, sailing plays a central role in my life, and I don't want that to change. Bringing it back to the watch: time is a fundamental aspect of my life, and sailing will always be a part of it.



Thank you, Philipp, for this fascinating insight into your world of sailing. Even though qualifying for the 2024 Olympics didn't work out, we wish you and your sailing partner Luise Wanser continued success on your journey. Wherever it takes you, with the Hamburg Chrono, you'll always carry a piece of Hamburg on your wrist.

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