Sailing the Jeanneau 64 with designer Andrew Winch

Client Experience
Jeanneau 64 interior designer Andrew Winch (left), Jeanneau 64 brainchild Erik Stromberg (middle) and ACY President Christian Bent (right).
Jeanneau 64 interior designer Andrew Winch (left), Jeanneau 64 brainchild Erik Stromberg (middle) and ACY President Christian Bent (right).

I am just back from a quick trip to Vendee’, France for a visit to the Jeanneau 64 production line and  a sail with designer Andrew Winch on his personal Jeanneau 64 “Polar Bear”.  When the designer of a boat steps up to the plate and buys one for himself, you know he has hit the mark.  This was Andrew’s first sail on his new boat, so it was a very exciting time for him.

We motored silently out into the Bay of Biscay from the yachting port of Les Sables d’Olonne, into 10-15 knots of breeze with gentle swells rolling under the keel.  The boat sailed beautifully with her new in-boom furling mainsail, providing an outstanding fully shaped SDL main.  We flew the Code 1 on the way back in and saw over 8 knots in only 10 knots of breeze which I thought was very impressive.

"Polar Bear" with her striking metallic blue paint job...
“Polar Bear” with her striking metallic blue paint job…

Andrew was like a kid in a candy shop, trying out all of the sail handling systems which allow effortless trim and reefing at the push of a button. We had over a dozen people onboard, including my clients Phil and Sandy who have ordered their own for delivery in March 2016 . There was plenty of room for at least a dozen more in the massive cockpit, which is nicely divided into a sailing area and a lounge area.

Andrew points out some of his design details to Phil and Sandy
Andrew points out some of his design details to Phil and Sandy
Andrew enjoying a ride at the helm
Andrew enjoying a ride at the helm