North Sails LOFT NEWS

March 14, 2019

WHO WE ARE: DAN FIEN

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How long have you been sailing? What classes do you race?

Over the past 50 years, I have sailed with numerous fleets including IC dinghy, Lightning, Laser, Thistle, J/24, Farr 30, Soling and PHRF. My experience has lead me to three One design National titles and a US Sailing Championship of Champions gold medal over the last five years. I also have a Professional Mariners 50-Ton, Near Shore, Masters License, with Sailing and Towing Endorsements from US Coast Guard.

What’s your background in the marine industry? What’s your favorite aspect of working in the industry?

I have coached beginners and Olympians and enjoys supporting sailors at all experience levels. When consulting I hope to increase racers and casual cruisers enjoyment of sailing by making their experience simple, safe, and successful. Further, as a member of US Sailings Diversity and Inclusion Committee I believe that awareness of and access to, sailing by all socioeconomic groups should be our sports’ main priority.

What’s your favourite thing about sailing?

I enjoy the competition and camaraderie in this sport but is fascinated by how sailing challenges many fields of science and every engineering discipline. As a professional engineer by training, I view the opportunity to solve problems in our sport as a life long and even infinite endeavor.