Derk Jan Rolff

Derk Jan Rolff

Sales Broker

Northrop & Johnson Holland, Brokerage Office
  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • French

Ruiterweg 15, Laren, 1251 ZX, Netherlands

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T +31 35 888 5900

M +31 6 188 30 145

Derk Jan Rolff

Experience

Derk Jan grew up in a small town near Amsterdam, within walking distance of the Dutch lakes. He started sailing when he was six years old and soon became active in regatta sailing. Besides sailing regattas, Derk Jan also loved to go cruising. He bought his first boat (a 6 meter French-built sailing boat) at age 15. He constantly tried to upgrade his own boat. To that purpose, he would search the harbours for neglected boats, fix these up and resell them in order to move on to his next project. He named these boats For Sail.

Derk Jan started his professional career in the marketing and sales of Gispen office furniture. He then decided to change his career into real estate business. Shortly after obtaining his brokerage license, he visited the south of France with a couple of sailing friends. Here, the idea originated to combine his education with his experience as a sailor, to become a yacht broker. 

Consequently, Derk Jan moved to Antibes to start-up the French office of De Valk in 1995. He worked as director/broker and became a partner in 1996.  After a sabbatical in 2001 (which he spent sailing his 42’ Hallberg Rassy around the Mediterranean), and a detour into the world of real estate, Derk rejoined De Valk in 2003. As Director of De Valk International, he was responsible for the international activities of the offices in France, Mallorca, Marbella, the UK and The Netherlands.

Five years ago Derk Jan started his own brokerage house, Holland Yacht Partners, specializing in the sales and marketing of Dutch-built superyachts.

Derk Jan is married and has a beautiful baby girl, called Rosalie. He sails regattas in his Laser every week and enjoys cruising in his 1946 built Camper & Nicholson with his family.

Derk Jan is pleased to share the contacts he has within the Dutch industry, his experience and his boating knowledge with the clientele of Northrop & Johnson.

Ruiterweg 15, Laren, 1251 ZX, Netherlands

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T +31 35 888 5900

M +31 6 188 30 145

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