Class/Design: Hunter 26.5
Year Built: 1987
History of the boat:
Fandango was purchased in June 2007. She had no engine, no jib and the main was in very sad shape (to the point I had to sail reefed during the first race). We put a 8hp outboard, Richard Knab gave us “an offer we couldn’t refuse” on a jib, and we purchased a new main, which unfortunatly arrived the day after the Fall Series concluded…
About the owners and crew:
Juan Escalada grew up windsurfing around the straight of Gibraltar. Despite sailing in the Optimist Class at age 10, he didn’t really get into the sport until he and a group of four other Spaniards bought Flamenco. After sailing Flamenco for three years (she was a green Cal 25 you may have seen in the past) its owners sold her and now Juan and co-owner Guadalupe de la Portila own Fandango. Juan has also raced as bowman for in several IRC series and has made a blue water passage from Bermuda to Norfolk. He plans to take part in an Atlantic crossing this summer.
Guadalue de la Portilla started sailing around Baltimore in 2001 and after being one of the owners of Flamenco is now the co-owner of Fandango. She has also participated as grinder in IRC and PHRF races aboard Badum, a Beneteau 47.7. She has also been instrumental in the continuous improvements of Flamenco and Fandango.
Leonardo Varela is the very valuable trimmer in Fandango. Not just the jib trimmer or the main trimmer, but both!!! And he he does both with admirable ability… Leonardo’s expertise comes from owning Axis, a 25 footer that he’s sailed around the Chesepeake for the pa