Fujin Sailing – Sailing Fast is Divine
Greg Slyngstad picked the perfect name for his Bieker 53 catamaran. Fujin, or God of Wind, revels in big breeze. She’s put the Seattle, WA-based Greg on the podium several times, including Fujin’s class win at the 2019 Caribbean Multihull Challenge (CMC) and this year’s second-place finish to the UK’s Anthony McVeigh’s Schionning 51C, 2 2 Tango. However, Greg’s sailboat racing wasn’t always about two hulls.
The San Jose, CA-native first sailed lasers in a small reservoir before moving to Seattle. Over the years, Greg’s life on the water featured a combo of monohull chartering in the Caribbean, a year spent cruising a 44-footer from Seattle through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean, and racing his J/125 Hamachi twice to Hawaii in the Pacific Cup and Transpac. After this, he decided two hulls would be more comfortable, and faster.
Greg talked to Seattle-based designer, Paul Bieker, whom he knew from sailing locally, about building a fast, racing/cruising multihull around 50-foot. Bieker was working on Oracle’s America's Cup design team leading their foil design effort at the time but connected Greg with friend Roger Hatfield at Gold Coast Yachts in St. Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands) for the build. Fujin launched in 2015 and was dubbed the ‘fastest catamaran in the world’ in sailing media.
“Fujin has exceeded my expectations. We have won multiple regattas. We have exceeded 30 knots of boat speed on numerous occasions and Fujin has been rock solid. Even after we capsized her near Saba in the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600, there was no structural damage. The 2019 CMC was our first regatta after the refit. I’ve been encouraging other members of the Offshore Multihull Association to race the CMC,” Greg says.