Sailing Class 40 Style
Those of you who’ve sailed on our Class 40 yacht Fortissimo will know that she’s a fabulous boat to push and hone your sailing skills. However, if you haven’t sailed on her we realise that it might initially sound a bit intimidating to be sailing on a thoroughbred racer on one of our experiences. So in order to help you see why she’s so great to sail we thought we’d provide some more detail for you! We could spend all day talking about why it’s so rewarding to sail on Fortissimo but here are a few of the best reasons for sailing Class 40 style:
You’ll quickly come to realise that Fortissimo sails like a big dinghy, in so much as if you sail her well she’ll reward you for it. That means she’s a great way of developing your sailing skills, honing your wind awareness, technical ability, understanding of sail plans and much more. What’s more, with our RYA qualified instructors you’ll get the highest quality teaching and instruction on all of our experiences.
Navigation and Pilotage
On all Dream or Two experiences you’ll be an integral part of the crew and that means you can get involved in the passage planning, navigation and pilotage. As we’re able to cover larger distances than other boats it will test your understanding of tides and route planning over longer distances. There is also no greater test of your pilotage plan when we’re running along at 15 knots and your marks are flying past you at speed!
With a cruising speed of around 10 knots you can cover plenty of miles in Fortissimo. If mile building is important for your RYA certifications then you can really clock them up on-board with us. We view this as just a side-benefit, but we all like to build up our mileage total and our time at sea.
Adventure and Destinations
With greater boat speed comes the opportunity to travel farther afield and to spend more time exploring our destination. A quick trip across the channel (a day sail on Fortissimo) can see you sampling French cuisine or exploring the untouched beauty of an island like Sark in no time at all. We believe that adventure is an important part of our sailing experiences and there is plenty on offer.
Best of Both Worlds
While Fortissimo is a racing yacht, the first generation of Class 40s were conceived to have a cruising capability. So we have a cooker, heads and a fridge along with plenty of space down below to sleep and socialise in the evenings. At the same time she’s not lost any of her racing pedigree and you’ll really experience what that means with plenty of fast offshore sailing.
These are just a few of the reasons why Class 40 sailing is that little bit more special than other boats you may have sailed before. However, if you’ve never sailed before then coming onboard Fortissimo with us is also a great way to see if a life on the water is for you. Please contact us if you’d like to know more and we look forward to welcoming you onboard soon!