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FOLKBOATS ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY: The Nordic Folkboat has been sailed and raced on San Francisco Bay for over 50 years making it one of the oldest continuously active one design fleets on the Bay. There are reasons for this success. First and foremost is the boat’s ability to not only handle, but to thrive in the heavy conditions the Bay dishes out all summer long. Combine her ability with classic lines and beauty and a down to earth group of sailors who enjoy both racing and cruising their Folkboats, you have 50+ years of success on San Francisco Bay.

The Folkboat is known for her clinker (or lapstrake) hull (the Swedish designers wanted to retain some Viking tradition in addition to simple construction for the original wooden versions), deep cockpit, simple sail plan and uncluttered layout of her running rigging. Her modified full keel makes her a very stable, easy sailing boat especially when the wind is up. The boat was originally built in wood and in 1975 Svend Svendsen built the first fiberglass Folkboat designed to compete side by side with boats of wooden construction. This innovation assured the success of the boat for future generations. read more