Grant “Fuzz” Spanhake is a New Zealand native who currently resides in Annpolis, Maryland with his wife and two daughters.
“Fuzz” gained early experience as an apprentice sailmaker in Auckland at Lidgard Sailmakers. In the mid-1980’s, Grant not only oversaw the construction of the sails for Sir Peter Blake’s entry, “Lion”, in the 1985/86 Whitbread Race, but he was a trimmer and helmsman on board as well. From that point on, his experience as both a sailor and sail designer have led him to participate in many successful campaigns and on many winning teams.
“Fuzz” is a veteran of six America’s Cups and four Round-the-World Races. Additionally, in 2004, he moved his knowledge and expertise into the Olympic realm where he has designed sails and coached several medal-winning teams, in the 2012 London Olympics.
Grant is also a member of the North Sails Performance Research Group (PRG), advising and designing sails for professional teams such as Bella Mente Racing, Flying Jenny, Catapult, and Rebecca.
For more information, or to work with “Fuzz”, please contact him.