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News JUN 3, 2014 11:32

Spirit Of Hungary officially retires

Nandor Fa, Skipper of Spirit of Hungary, announced at 1200 hrs New York time today his regrettable decision to have to officially retire from the IMOCA Ocean Masters New York to Barcelona Race. 

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Spirit of Hungary's entry for the Barcelona World Race is completed
News OCT 31, 2014 15:22

Spirit of Hungary's entry for the Barcelona World Race is completed

Nandor Fa and Marcell Goszleth are the first Hungarian duo to take part in this renowned double handed non-stop sprint around the world. The Barcelona World Race will be the very first real race for Spirit of Hungary, which has been designed and partly built‏ by Nandor Fa himself. The 61-years old skipper returns to ocean racing after a 17 years hiatus enjoying family life and building his business in marina construction

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Bernard Stamm: “Double-handed sailing is an enriching experience”
Interviews NOV 5, 2014 16:28

Bernard Stamm: “Double-handed sailing is an enriching experience”

Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm is no stranger to the highs and lows of solo and short handed ocean racing. In 2012 he was devastated not to be given a finish to the Vendée Globe solo round the world race after he was inadvertently given outside assistance while making repairs in the south of New Zealand. After finishing fourth in the 2013 Transat Jacques Vabre his IMOCA 60 was lost at Christmas last year when he was on delivery back from Brazil, reporting later that ‘I swam for my life’ during an incredible rescue. He and Jeff Cuzon were rescued to the Azores from Cheminées Poujoulat during the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre. 

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Nandor Fa: “Age is not a worry for me”
Interviews DEC 3, 2014 18:21

Nandor Fa: “Age is not a worry for me”

They always say that 90 per cent of any ocean race is completed before the start line is passed. For Hungary's indomitable Nandor Fa the battle to get ready for the start of the Barcelona World Race with his new IMOCA 60 Spirit of Hungary makes the very act of racing around the world look straightforward. 

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Jean Le Cam: “Our skills and experience add up to more than the sum of their parts”
Interviews DEC 8, 2014 19:51

Jean Le Cam: “Our skills and experience add up to more than the sum of their parts”

He is regarded as a regular fixture on solo races and had done his share of two-handed Transats and crewed racing, but sailing two handed around the world is something almost new for the very experienced French sailor Jean Le Cam. “I did this Barcelona World Race in 2011 with Bruno Garcia but we dismasted after just 10 days, so for me that scarcely counts as useful experience”. Le Cam maintained last week when he was in Paris for the famous boat show there, Le Salon Nautic. 

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A different Christmas
News DEC 24, 2014 10:00

A different Christmas

Maybe it will be with the family at home, the table laden with food, all enjoying the usual laughter and gifts. Some will spend Christmas at home and try to relax and make it as ‘normal’ as possible, others will spend it in Barcelona close to the boat and the programme but having family and friends travelling to see them. Others may even only take a few hours off. For sure Christmas is upon the 16 skipper of the Barcelona World Race, but the way they enjoy it or deal with it will be different from team to team, and skipper to skipper. But for everyone the thoughts of the 31st December start, and what lies ahead for the coming three months, are impossible to suppress. Even on Christmas Day.

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Grand designs
Articles DEC 27, 2014 16:50

Grand designs

Without doubt Nandor Fa is an enigma when it comes to sheer fight and determination, but the 61 years old Hungarian skipper is totally unique in the world of IMOCA 60 racing in having designed his boat himself, and built a lot of it. He is a self taught designer, although he spent time in the 1980’s in the design office in Australia of Ben Lexcen not long after his successful wing keeled 12 Metre Australia II had won the America’s Cup. Yacht design, he asserts, is his hobby, his way of relaxing from the pressures of his business (designing and installing marinas). As well as the three 60 footers he has designed he has a number of smaller yacht designs in his native Hungary. 

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Emails from the boats JAN 4, 2015 16:33

“Todo es posible"

Nandor Fa (Spirit of Hungary):

“Trabajamos a un ritmo muy alto para preparar el barco, pero ni siquiera tenemos las curvas polares o una tabla de velas, navegamos utilizando nuestra intuición. Antes de la salida probamos el barco dos veces, y ambos tests fueron muy útiles. Estábamos preparados para la salida tanto como podíamos estarlo.

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