The Jeanneau SUN FAST 3300 is due to arrive in the U.S. in the middle of August, and we are looking forward to putting the first boat through a shakedown in Annapolis before the official launch of the boat at the Newport Boat Show!
Since the launch of Hull #1, the results for the boat have been nothing short of outstanding, with podium finishes in the Spi Ouest regatta in France, RORC Channel Race, RIOW race, and theGascogne 45/5. We are now looking forward to seeing two of these machines compete in the prestigious Fastnet Race! A pair of extremely talented teams have been training and testing side by side in the UK to prepare for the challenge. We encourage everyone interested to follow along!
For us here in the states, we have spent the months since the launch of Hull #1 developing a North American specification to help our clients excel in our own racing challenges. For example, in Europe IRC tends to be the dominant rating rule and they tend to enjoy some pretty heavy breeze. For us, local PHRF rules handle club racing and regional championships, while ORC (and ORR) have gained prominence at large scale championships and offshore races. It also tends to be a little less breezy.
To that end, we have taken a hard look at the things that are helping the SUN FAST 3300 be so dominant on the European circuit, and re-thought them into a North American spec that will allow the boat to be a winner right out of the box. After taking a hard look at the sail plan, we have significantly increased the sail area, most notably added more than a meter to the bow sprit. You’ll also notice larger mains and jibs, among other optimization work. After taking a deep look into the prevailing conditions where our customers will race, these choices will ensure that our customers will have the platform to get them to the front of the fleet.
We are going to be sailing in the middle of August, and will post more updates on our progress!