|Full name||Javier Visiers Rodríguez|
|Birth|| Madrid ( Spain ) |
Since adolescence Javier Visiers sailed in all kinds of sailing boats before turning his passion into a profession. He started sailing dinghy sailing ( Snipe class ) and later on cruises. He designed and built the "Siesta" to participate in the edition 1985-86 from around the world to sail . With this sailboat he won the Transmed regatta in 1984 under the name of his first sponsor, "Téleressources". He also won the First Route of Discovery with the name "Fortuna Lights", with which he would participate in the round the world tour. He participated again in the next round the world edition with the "Fortuna Extra Lights", the first Maxi conceived,Spain . The "Fortuna Extra Lights" broke the world speed record in the second stage, covering 405 miles in 24 hours.
In addition to his participation in these and other regattas, he has designed and built numerous sailing and motor boats. In total, nearly two thousand sailing boats, both series models and unique examples, are his designs. He retired from the nautical world as a professional in 1993. In 1999 and 2000 he participated in the Millenium Odyssey round the world tour with the catamaran "Antaviana" accompanied by his wife Barbara Würth.
Javier Visiers was director of Manofacturas Mistral (which built the Neckar, Alisio and Supermistral models), of Playvisa (Coronado, Tornado), of Astilleros Lepanto (Noray models) and of Monotype, SA (Fortuna 9 and Fortuna 12). These are some of his designs:
|Neckar (1970)||Engine, Series|
|Noray 30||Engine, Series|
|Noray 31||Candle, Series|
|Noray 50||Candle, Series|
|Noray 43||Sailing, Serie, Ketch and sloop|
|Granada 35||Candle, Series, built in Denmark|
|Granada 38||Candle, Series, built in Denmark|
|Ibiza 410||Candle, Series|
|Visor 35||Candle, Series|
|Visor 60||Candle, unique specimen. Baptized: Siesta. Sponsors: Téleressources, Fortuna Lights|
|Visor 41||Candle, Unique specimen|
|Garriga 43||Candle, Unique specimen|
|Visor 53||Candle, Unique specimen|
|Visor 55||Candle, Unique specimen|
|Visor 80||Candle, unique specimen. Sponsor: Fortuna Extra Lights|
|Fortuna 9 / Ro 300||Candle, Series, more than 250 copies sold|
|Fortuna 12 (1989)||Candle, Series|
Javier Visiers participated in regattas in the Mediterranean since his youth. Throughout his career he has combined work in the design of sports boats with participation in all kinds of regattas, very often aboard prototypes designed by him.
The most important have been:
- Champion of Spain in Cruise class from 1962 to 1970 (both included).
- Mediterranean Championship in class III (Cruise class) in
- Winner of the Giraglia Regatta in 1967, on board the Resaca.
- Parmelia Race 1979 (Plymouth-Capetown, Capetown-Perth), con el Noray 43 Ilusión,
- Caribbean Race 1981 (Cowes, England-Las Palmas, Spain-Antigua, Barbados), with the Visiers 35 Massa . [ 2 ]
- Transmed 1984 (La Grande Motte, France-Alexandria, Egypt), which he won in real time and compensated with Siesta-Téleressources , a design of his conceived to go around the world. [ 3 ]
- I Route of Discovery 1984 (Benalmádena, Spain-Santo Domingo), which he won as designer and patron with the Siesta-Fortuna Lights .
- Whitbread Round the World Race 1984-1985 (Southampton-Cape Town-Auckland-Punta del Este-Southampton), with the Siesta-Fortuna Lights . [ 4 ]
- Caribbean Race 1987 (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain-Barbados), with the Siesta-Fortuna Lights , first in its class.
- Whitbread Round the World Race 1989-1990 (Southampton-Capetown-Fremantle-Auckland-Punta del Este-Southampton), as designer and director with the Fortuna Extra Lights , the first maxi conceived, designed and built entirely in Spain. In the second stage he broke the world record for monohull speed in 24 hours (405 miles). [ 5 ]
- Route of Discovery (1992-1993). Designer and director of the Ketch Fortuna Extra Lights.
- The Fortuna Extra Lights, 1989
- Fortuna prepares to go around the world, 1988
- Success of the Fortuna Lights on the Route of Discovery, 1984
- El Siesta and the project around the world, 1983
- Javier Visiers wins the Palma-Cabrera-Barcelona regatta with the Alisio III in 1969