Round the Island Race 2016

Martyn RuksClass 40 racing, Dream or Two Sailing, Round The Island Race

On the 2nd July the sailing world will gather off Cowes to compete in the World famous Round the Island Race 2016. This iconic sporting event was first held back in 1931, organised by the Island Sailing Club, it has become one of the highlights of the sailing calendar. The beauty of sailing is that anyone can enter their boat into this race and as a result it is always a fantastic spectacle for competitors and observers alike. Despite this … Read More

Cruising a Class 40 – Part 2

James Closeadventure, class 40, cruising, Dream or Two Sailing

This is part two of Carolyn’s account of our fast cruise on our Class 40, Fortissimo. If you missed the first part then you can find it here. In this part we join the cruise in Dartmouth on Wednesday morning.   Wednesday 6 April: Dartmouth to Poole We decided to have a relaxed morning in Dartmouth:  Fortissimo was due to touch the mud at midday so James calculated we could set off at 1.30pm.  So we explored the ancient maritime quarter of Bayards … Read More

Is the America’s Cup good for sailing?

Martyn RuksAmerica's Cup, Ben Ainslie Racing, Dream or Two Sailing

The America’s Cup is the oldest international sporting trophy and has famously not been won by a British team since being awarded by the Royal Yacht Squadron way back in 1851. However, the competition has not been without British success over the years. Most recently Sir Ben Ainslie helping US Team Oracle pull off a famous victory in 2013 by coming back from 8-1 down to win 9-8 against the Emirates Team New Zealand. So with this and much Olympic success … Read More

Cruising a Class 40 – Part 1

James Closeadventure, class 40, cruising, Dream or Two Sailing

In April this year we cruised our Class 40 racing yacht, Fortissimo around the English Channel. Carolyn Morgan, one of our crew for the trip has very kindly written a summary of the trip. Here are her thoughts on the first two days of cruising a Class 40… Monday 4 April: Portsmouth to Weymouth Prompt start this morning: Alasdair and I had met James the night before and slept on the boat.  As a racing yacht Fortissimo is more spartan … Read More