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

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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

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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.

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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

A new chapter begins at Dream or Two Sailing

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Those of you who regularly check out our website may have noticed there have been a few changes in recent weeks. This post will explain what has been going on and what the future plans are for Dream or Two Sailing. Most of you will know that we now own and operate a Class 40 racing yacht called “Fortissimo”, and a number of you have already been out on her this year, either racing, cruising or day sailing. For the … Read More