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hile they might not quite have had the high-profile victories of the JPKs, Jeanneau’s Sun Fast 3600s consistently racked up some of the best


results in the 2017 RORC Season’s Points Championship. Rob Craigie’s Bellino, Ian Hoddle’s Game On and Ed Fishwick’s Redshift Reloaded, all 3600s, claimed the top three spots in the IRC Two Handed class. Up against fully crewed boats, they finished 3rd, 6th and 13th respectively in IRC Overall.


Although 3rd in this trio, Redshift Reloaded is the most comprehensively optimised of these three 3600s and raced a huge programme in 2017 in both fully crewed inshore and two-handed offshore events, culminating in the Rolex Fastnet Race, where she came 6th in the Two-Handed class.


Designed by legendary French naval architect Daniel Andrieu, the Sun Fast 3600 is the big brother to the 3200 R2. Both boats feature a modern hull shape that is beamy, voluminous and chined.


Nick Cherry, multiple British Match Racing Champion turned Figaro sailor, who sails with Ed Fishwick on Redshift Reloaded, explains that getting the powerful hull to perform in light conditions comes down to technique: “We don’t suffer particularly, but you have to get the boat leaning over. Reaching it goes really well, especially with the A5. It is enjoyable to sail with a full crew or double-handed.”


The 3600 features twin rudders, enabling a reasonably neutral helm and, in turn, easy autopilot control when the boat is raced short-handed – this is a similar set-up to Cherry’s more familiar Beneteau Figaro 2. “Having two rudders, and having them at the right angles, means that you can get to a big heel angle before you lose grip,” he says.


When the 3600 was first launched in 2015, it was available from the outset with an alloy or optional carbon fibre mast. As standard the boat comes with


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