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

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

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

Gosport Peninsula Charity Race

Martyn RuksClass 40 racing, Dream or Two Sailing, Solent

 Gosport Peninsula Charity Race At Dream or Two Sailing we are passionate about realising the positive benefits to people’s lives that many of us know that sailing can bring. We also know that achieving this ambition requires us to be providing access to sailing for a wide cross section of society at large. As a result, when we spotted the Gosport Peninsula Charity Race, which is organised by the Gosport Marine Festival, we knew immediately that we’d like to be … Read More