When Daniel Andrieu and Guillaume Verdier designed a new shorthanded racer for Jeanneau even they couldn’t have dreamt what a stunning success they were about to set in motion.
Whether racing around the island, the local bay or planning to do the Fastnet course, the enormous growth in popularity suggests that solo or double handed racing could be the fastest growing sector in racing and cruiser/ racer sailing today.
In the IRC world the UKs double handed offshore Series is growing fast and is attracting some star talent to the genre: Shirly Robertson, Dee Caffari, Stuart Childerley and Henry Bomby are just a few. There are also dozens of entries for expected in the double handed classes that will be out on the new Fastnet racecourse this year.
In there and attracting a lot of attention is the very successful new Jeanneau Sunfast 3300, already achieving podium places in races across the world. With over 70 boats already in fleets in the UK France, Norway, Australia and the USA this new design from Jeanneau is proving a hot favourite and as many as 15 will be in the starting line for the start of the Fastnet this year.
The internationally famed Seahorse Magazine has published a status review on the Sunfast 3300, the state of Shorthanded racing in the UK and the likelihood of a mixed double handed event in the next Olympics. To catch up on the current situation and read the Seahorse review simply follow this link.
If you want to know more about the Sunfast 3300 then give our MD Nigel Colley a call on 01489 565444. Nigel has his own 3300 Fastrak XII and is one of the leading proponents of shorthanded racing in the UK.
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