Hungarian Nándor Fa, former Finn champion, commands respect in the domain of offshore racing. Since his first Vendée Globe in 1992 which saw him finish 5th, he has been the naval architect, builder and skipper of his boats, including this one.
A self-taught naval architecture enthusiast, Nándor didn't hesitate to travel from Budapest to Les Sables d'Olonne in 1989 for the start of the first Vendée Globe Challenge. This discreet man photographed the thirteen competitors from every angle... After two participations, including one withdrawal in 1996, Nándor designed Spirit of Hungary with Attilia Déry.
His IMOCA Open 60 was built in Hungary, and launched on April 1, 2014 in Trieste, Italy. Nándor Fa, competed in the Barcelona Race in 2014-15, finishing 7th with Conrad Colman, then the Vendée Globe in 2016-17, where after 93 days, he took 8th place.
But at the age of 65, the former wrestler and member of the Hungarian Olympic sailing team, decided to stop his ocean racing career, handing over his boat to Denis Van Weynbergh. With his sights set on competing in the 2020-21 Vendée Globe, the Belgian sailor became the owner of Eyesea in June 2018, and went on to take part in several major races, including the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race as well as the Bermuda 1000 Race. Although qualified and entered for the Vendée Globe, he had to put an end to his project for lack of sufficient funding. But the former Mini Transat racer is not one to give up.
Thanks to the arrival of a sponsor, Laboratoires de Biarritz, Denis Van Weynbergh undergoes a "refit" on the Fa plan, and competes in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2021 with Tanguy Le Turquais (19th), then this time solo in the Guyader Bermuda 1000 Race in 2022. Finishing 21st and last, he qualified for the Route du Rhum. In 2022, he signed a partnership agreement with the Belgian D'Ieteren Group, which will take him all the way to the Vendée Globe.