Tecla’s Owners

Tecla is owned and operated by a Dutch sailing family who have been chartering vessels in the Netherlands since 1983. They bought Tecla in 2006 with big dreams and over the past 17 years, they’ve made their dreams come true! Today they work as a three person team. 

Jannette is the first generation. Together with her children, Gijs and Jet, she now runs Tecla. All three are fully certified under Dutch Law as captains of sailing vessels worldwide. 

Their family business means a lot to them and they all work tirelessly to make sure Tecla is well-maintained and kept up to date. They value the importance of sailing with smaller groups, getting to know everyone, and they really invite you to become part of their team on board. 

Jannette, co-owner and manager of Tecla.

Jannette started sailing after she met Jan and together they bought an old Dutch vessel, the “Aagtje”. For more than 10 years they sailed together on the Ijsselmeer and Waddenzee and after a short adventure with the Eenhoorn (Unicorn) they stepped to bigger waters and bought Tecla. Jannette is on and off board throughout the season, sometimes sailing with her dog Sadie –  and where the dog does not go, Jannette does not go.

Gijs Sluik – Captain

Gijs started sailing when he was a young boy. Professionally he started sailing in 2001 as a deckhand on the Aagtje, Eenhoorn and later Stad Amsterdam. He worked on the Stad Amsterdam as deckhand, quartermaster and third mate over a period of 3 years.

After that his full attention was directed to Tecla where he is now the Captain. Gijs has a passion for fast sailing, he is devoted to Tecla and loves working on her deck as well as in the chartroom.

Jet Sluik – Captain

Jet grew up on the water with her parents as did Gijs but started sailing professionally in 2005. After getting her bachelor degree in Communication, Jet worked in the office of Amnesty International for 2 years. However, she could not resist the call for adventure when the opportunity came to buy Tecla.

Jet has been sailing Tecla as deckhand, cook, first mate and now sails as first mate or captain.

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Skippered by a Dutch family, brother and sister, Gijs and Jet.

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