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Bill Fortenberry

Bill Fortenberry is a world champion sailor who has been a key member of the North Sails team since 1998. Beginning his career as a sales consultant at the Portsmouth, Rhode Island loft, Bill has served in a variety of roles including product, sales and marketing management.  Bill now serves as a global Commercial Director, based in Newport, RI focusing on business strategy, process and execution.

He began his sailmaking career is his home waters of Southern California, working in the one-design sail lofts for both Dave Ullman and Vince Brun. Bill learned the trade from these sailmaking legends and looked up to other legendary one-design sailmakers such as Paul Elvstrom, Hans Fogh and Dave Curtis. Since that time, Bill has developed his sailing expertise and industry experience across a broad range of accomplishments.

Bill is a supporter of local junior sailing and when not sailing, can be found fishing or paddling on Narragansett Bay.

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Newport Shipyard
Newport Shipyard
1 Washington Street
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Portsmouth, Rhode Island
1 Maritime Dr.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871

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