A new pathway to high performance offshore racing

James Closeadventure, class 40, Class 40 racing, Dream or Two Sailing, James

    The Ocean Racing Project is a new initiative in the UK that will provide an opportunity for young sailors to take a Step Up to Offshore racing. The project will initially create a race team who will compete in the highly competitive Class 40. Initially funded by chronyko, an immersive training business, the project is aiming to attract both sailors and sponsors to join the project whose primary objective is to create a pathway that doesn’t currently exist … Read More

Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 on Class 40 Fortissimo – A blow by blow account – in detail!

James CloseClass 40 racing, Dream or Two Sailing, James, Rolex Fastnet, Thoughts, Uncategorised

Finishing the Fastnet Race

At 1110 on Sunday 6th August Fortissimo and 6 crew started the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race. We were the second start of the day with the awesome IMOCA 60s, but with many Class 40s all jockeying for position the Class 40 fleet made for an exciting tacking session down the Solent and out towards the Needles. Typically, the wind was from the southwest and steadily building. It was just below 15 knots, but expected to increase to around 20. Combined … Read More

Is Sailing the new F1? – Help us showcase our sport to the world

James CloseAmerica's Cup, Ben Ainslie Racing, James, Thoughts

The pinnacle of advanced technological sport – could sailing be the new F1? A sailing revolution is in progress! It’s one that could bring our sport to the attention of the mainstream media and hopefully bring with it a new audience. Sailing is attracting the worlds best creative engineers and designers as it is a technical sport that still has so many discoveries to be made. We have been slow to showcase how different sailing is from the pervasive negative stereotypes of elitist gin palaces … Read More

Apparently it is windy. Apparent wind explained.

James CloseClass 40 racing, Dream or Two Sailing, James, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorised, wind

I talk about apparent wind a lot, it is a term that applies to all sailing boats, but is more noticeable on a fast boat like Fortissimo, as high boat speed means we generate a bigger headwind, which distorts the wind we feel onboard.  To explain how we manage the wind to increase performance I will start with the basics, and then elaborate… We have the true wind, which is the wind we feel if we were standing still. Once we start moving, we … Read More