Nandor FA


Nandor FA

65 years old

Székesfehérvár - HUN

The Hungarian sailor certainly has a very unusual career path since we discovered him in the early days of the Vendée Globe. Nàndor Fa took part in the second edition of the Everest of the Seas in 1992, making it to fifth place and opening up the race to foreign skippers. Self-taught, the sailor, now in his sixties likes to do it his way, having designed boats himself and then setting about building them.

In his home town not far from Budapest, he followed in the footsteps of his family from an early age, and wrestled, until an injury forced him to change sport. For Nàndor, who sees life itself as a sporting challenge, the sea was to offer him his next challenges; kayaking first of all, then sailing when he was already 27. After taking part in regattas in the Finn and Laser classes, he joined the national team and began to draw his own boats dreaming of the oceans. As he rounded Cape Horn on the 31-foot boat he built, Nàndor heard on the Chilean radio that the solo round the world race with stopovers was close by: the BOC Challenge. Very quickly, he took the decision that he would race around the world aboard a 60-foot boat. The sailor would finish the 1991 BOC with Alba Régia, before finishing fifth in the Vendée Globe two years later with a boat he had built himself. Unfortunately he was not so lucky in the 1996 Vendée Globe, when his boat, Budapest did not complete the race after suffering damage and a collision. During the long period while he was absent from ocean racing Nandor was busy building pontoons, but the Vendée Globe was always on his mind. In 2010 Nàndor decided to return to sailing and attempt to make it all the way around the world alone. It is aboard his latest boat, Spirit of Hungary that the skipper will be lining up on 6th November 2016. If he makes it all the way, he will be happy to bring his career to an end at the age of almost 64.



IMOCA monohull

  • Sail number : HUN 77
  • Designer: Nándor Fa et Attila Déry – Hongrie
  • Chantier : PAUGER Carbon et FA HAJÓ Ltd - Hongrie
  • Launch Date: 01 April 2014
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Beam: 5,65 m
  • Draught: 4,50 m
  • Displacement (weight): 8,8 tonnes
  • Number of drifts: 2
  • Mast height: 29 m
  • Keel blade: Inox
  • Upwind sail area: 297 m²
  • Downwind sail area: 600 m²

Spirit of Hungary was the first IMOCA designed and built for the new rules. Launched in April 2014 in Trieste (Italy), the third 60-foot monohull designed and built by Nàndor Fa  is completely Hungarian, built at the Pauger yard and finished at Fa Ltd. Fitted with a traditional carbon mast with spreaders and a steel keel, the boat has already sailed around the world and took part in the last Transat Jacques Vabre, although she suffered a lot of technical problems and requires work on her keel and rig.


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  • Nandor Fa -Spirit of Hungary

    Press conference with Nandor Fa

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  • Nandor Fa de retour au ponton du Vendée Globe

    Interview with Nandor Fa at the podium

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  • Finish arrival of Nandor Fa (HUN), skipper Spirit of Hungary, 8th of the sailing circumnavigation solo race Vendee Globe, in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, on February 8th, 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee GlobeArrivée de Nandor Fa (HUN), skipper Spirit of Hungary, 8ème du Vendee Globe, aux Sables d'Olonne, France, le 8 Février 2017 - Photo Olivier Blanchet / DPPI / Vendee Globe

    Interview with Nandor Fa at the pontoon

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