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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 the North American 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 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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Portsmouth, Rhode Island
1 Maritime Dr.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871

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