A new pathway to high performance offshore racing

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

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    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

Volvo Round Ireland Success

Martyn Ruksclass 40, Class 40 racing, Dream or Two Sailing

Volvo Round Ireland Success In 2016 our big challenge was to achieve Volvo Round Ireland success. Success is often measured in the result of the race or the placing of the boat. To us success was measured in terms of successful completion of the race and the personal victories that come with it. So in the second part of our blog about the race we reflect on it from a crew member’s perspective. You can read the race reflections of the shore … Read More

Treat of a lifetime, or best value marketing opportunity ever?

James Closeclass 40, Class 40 racing, Dream or Two Sailing, Rolex Fastnet, Route Du Rhum, TJV

Calling all wannabe Vendee Globe sailors, offshore racers, mini transit sailors, adventurers, business owners and marketing managers looking for sponsorship exposure in the world of offshore sailing… specifically the Rolex Fastnet Race. Raising or spending £200K for a Class 40 offshore / ocean race campaign is a pretty big challenge for both sailors looking for support and the businesses raising the funds. Making the step from dinghy racing or mini transat to Class 40 is a large one. In the … Read More