Date of birth: 27th January 1962
Place of birth: Vienna, Austria
Family status: Married, one child
Norbert's first solo-circumnavigation of the globe (26.000 nm) started on July 28th, 1996 in Grado. This successfully accomplished "nutshell"-challenge took two years and ended on July 26th, 1998 at the port of departure.
Behind this name is hidden an icy adventure, a solo nonstop around Antarctica circumnavigation from Cape Town to Cape Town.
In November 2000 Norbert Sedlacek began his fire baptism in Antarctic waters.
During 93 extremely difficult days during which he was taken 14.315 nm through the most dangerous oceans full of icebergs, Norbert faced many extreme situations.
The Transat 2004 from Plymouth (GB) to Boston (USA) was Norbert Sedlacek's initiation into IMOCA Open 60 racing and at the same time his and his boat’s final qualification for the Vendée Globe 2004/2005. With a result of 17 days, 18 hours 35 minutes and 36 seconds Norbert Sedlacek sailed into the top ten, finishing 10th out of 17 competitors at his first IMOCA race.
Norbert Sedlacek was the first German speaking skipper ever to compete in the Vendée Globe, undisputedly the hardest sailing race in the world, which starts and finishes in Les Sables d'Olonne (FRA) and is sailed single-handed, nonstop, and without outside assistance through some of the most challenging seas in the world. Unfortunately he had to retire from the race after 6.800 successful nautical miles because of serious problems with his canting keel.
In his second attempt, Norbert Sedlacek has realized what many of the world's best professional skippers dream of. After 126 days, 5 hours, 31 minutes and 56 seconds, he arrived 11th of 30 skippers the finish line of the Vendée Globe and fulfilled a dream of his lifetime.