Jeanneau America is the American arm of this french builder, and President Paul Fenn understands the new Jeanneau Sun Fast 3200 may not appeal to those looking for he space and comfort available on Jeanneau’s stylish Deck Saloon models, but the 3200 offers more competitive minded sailors a choice. Yes, the boat is designed and built in the land of crazy solo offshore racing sailors: long distance solo sailing is a mainstream sport there. So it comes as no surprise that the 3200 has the dual rudders and the flattish aft section inspired by the open design thoroughbreds. The boat is new to the US but it has has a rabid following in Europe for years. Now we may sail a bit differently than they do over there, but the 3200 is it’s more than just a racer. It’s has a decent accommodations plan and should prove to be a quick and comfortable cruiser in addition to being pretty well suited to racing either around the cans (or much more further a field).
And there are 19 Sun Fast 3200’s entered in the Transquadra (a quintessentially french short handed race across the Atlantic). This is why we’ll always find the French at the top of every major solo/shorthanded offshore race. They don’t just race a couple hundred miles (to Mackinac, or Bermuda, or even Hawaii for that matter), they get over 50 entrants (most on smallish boats, 19 of which are on the 32 foot Sun Fast 3200) racing from the French coast to Martinique. Check out this video footage from last years race.