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Global Solo Challenge - Which boats were designed by Frers?

by Global Solo Challenge 8 Jun 13:29 PDT
German and Mani Frers © Global Solo Challenge

Amongst entries for the Global Solo Challenge (GSC), one firm of Naval architects stands out, particularly for the number of yachts entered, which were designed by Argentinian firm Germán Frers (pronounced with a soft Spanish G, so it sounds like Herman).

The firm was founded by Germán Frers Snr in Buenos Aires back in 1925. Frers Snr was responsible for designing over 600 yachts. Frers Jnr took over the helm in 1970 and together with his son Mani, they have been responsible for producing some 1300 yachts since that time.

The second generation, Germán Frers is an active 80-year-old who still loves his work, has no interest in retirement, and still enjoys sail-cruising with family and friends, though he admits that he feels that he is somewhat too old for the vigours of racing.

The third generation of this family, Frer's son, Mani, after studying Naval Architecture at the Southampton Institue, created his own design studio based in Milan and has been involved in both America's Cup designs and indeed designed the Volvo 60 Amer Sports One which earned a podium place in the 2000/1 Round the World Race.

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