Skipper: Henk Haazen
Henk was born in the Netherlands but is now a New Zealander he has been living there for for the past 30years. Together with his partner Bunny and their daughter, Ruby.

For the last 20 years Henk has been skippering Tiama on expeditions to some of the most remote parts of the region mainly in the polar regions, but also on a 3 month expedition on the Fly river penetrating deep into the jungle of Papua new Guinea, please have a look at the captain’s blog for more details.

Henk has more then 39 years of sailing experience in different parts of the world from Antarctica to the Arctic and many seas in between, in different sailing vessels from 100 year old traditionally rigged Baltic traders to purpose built ice expedition ships.

His sailing experience began as an engineer and deckhand on board the FRI, a 150ft Baltic trader. After working for 6 months replacing the timber decks on Fri, he sailed across the Atlantic and into the Caribbean doing charter work in that region and up and down the coast of Central America for several years. FRI worked as a Charter vessel to groups which were involved in development, peace and social change projects. While FRI was based in the US, Henk worked as delivery crew on-board vessels in the Caribbean region.

From there Henk joined Greenpeace as engineer on the first Rainbow Warrior. Six months of work saw the boat turned from a motor vessel to a sailing vessel and ready to start her voyage out across the Pacific to the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu and New Zealand. She was to go on to Tahiti as part of a protest flotilla against the French nuclear testing at Mururoa, but on July 10th 1985 she was blown up by the French secret service, killing the ship’s photographer.

Henk continued to work for Greenpeace on board its ships as engineer and bosun and as action co-ordinator for a number of projects in the Pacific, the US and Latin America. He worked for five years as the logistics and re-supply manager for the base camp Greenpeace established in Antarctica. He sailed to Antarctica four times in this period, in both large icebreakers as well as small purpose built sailing boats. Henk continues to work part time as a logistics consultant to Greenpeace in Arctic and Antarctic operations.
From 1991 until 1998, when not at sea, Henk built TIAMA himself, to enable him to combine his practical and logistical skills with his love for adventuring and visiting remote places, while at the same time to pursue worthwhile projects that would add to the well being of our planet.
TIAMA was designed by well-known New Zealand naval architect Alan Mummery to Henk’s requirements in 1991.

Prior to sailing, getting a strong foothold in life, Henk travelled and worked in different places in the world (Israel, USA, Latin America, Canada and Europe). During 1980-82 Henk travelled on a motorbike from Alaska to the southern tip of South America. He speaks English, Dutch and has a working knowledge of German and Spanish.

Henk holds the following marine tickets:

  • New Zealand Master 500 tons, Unlimited
  • Marine Engineer class 6
  • RYA Yacht master Ocean, Instructor, commercially endorsed.
  • NZ Master yacht 3000 tons, Unlimited


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