Nándor Fa completed his very first sailing circumnavigation with a good friend of his, onboard the so-called Szt. Jupát 31-feet long lake-cruising sailboat, which took 700 days. He participated in his first single-handed round-the-world race - the four-legs BOC Challenge - in 1990, onboard a self-designed and built 60 footer, where he finished in 10th place and was awarded the "Spirit of the BOC Challenge" title. After having finished the race, he decided to design and construct a new 60 footer sailboat for the 1992-93 Vendée Globe solo non-stop round-the-world race, with which he finished 5th as the first non-French skipper ever to complete the legendary challenge.
Four years later, Nándor was already considered as one of the top sailors to acquire for the winner's place in the 1996-97 edition of the Vendée Globe, with a brand-new high-tech sailboat, again designed and built by himself. Due to a series of unfortunate events, numerous technical problems and a major collision with a cargo ship that nearly destroyed his vessel completely, Nándor was forced to abandon the race. At this moment he decided to retire from ocean sailing for a while, and put all his efforts into the enterprise - the Fa Hajó Ltd. - back in his homeland, Hungary.
The original profile of the Fa Hajó Ltd in 1993 during Nándor's active racing period was the designing and building of professional sailing race boats. This profile has changed in 1999, after his retirement from ocean sailing, to the designing and production of floating-pontoon systems and turnkey marinas. Today the company's priority is to create marinas in Hungary and in the neighbouring countries with the highest standards of safety and comfort, based on Nándor's experiences in marinas around the world.
Today, Fa Hajó does not only produce floating pontoon-systems and additional marina equipment - e.g.: cleats and other accessories, utility modules including water and electricity, SOS boxes etc. -, but designs and creates wooden terraces, fixed piers, offers wooden decking for both fixed and floating spaces, and builds light-weight structures - it be a floating office for harbour masters, for instance.
Nándor Fa returned to ocean sailing after nearly 20 years in 2012, to once again complete the Vendée Globe race with a self-designed Imoca 60 footer racing boat called Spirit of Hungary. During the project, that lasted almost five years, the Fa Hajó Ltd's activity was put on pause. After having successfully completed the 2016-17 Vendée Globe, Nándor and his team took a heavy turn back to Fa Hajó's production to contribute to the innovation of the Hungarian infrastructure with pontoons, piers, deckings, terraces, and complete marinas.