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

Jules Verne Trophy Attempt 2015

Martyn RuksUncategorised

Jules Verne Trophy Attempt 2015 Whilst we are eating and drinking far too much over the next few weeks, a few sailors will be pushing hard to beat the current round the world, non-stop sailing record. The Jules Verne Trophy Attempt in 2015 will be a closely fought battle between boats with some of the most advanced technology on the planet. The time to beat is 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, 53 seconds, set by Banque Populaire V skippered … Read More

Reflections – Transat Jacques Vabre

Martyn RuksClass 40 racing, Dream or Two Sailing, TJV

Dream or Two’s Reflections on the Transat Jacques Vabre 2015 It was great to watch the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre (TJV) amongst the thousands of hardcore French sailing fans. Unfortunately the notorious harsh weather had deserted us and it was a beautiful sunny day with no wind. The fastest offshore yachts in the world were reduced to very expensive flotsam, drifting at unspectacular speed. It didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd though and provided us with some … Read More

Transat Jaques Vabre. A new sailing era.

James CloseClass 40 racing, TJV

I’ve been a bit quiet on the Blog recently, due to being too busy, but there has been plenty going on at Dream or Two Sailing, not least completing the Fastnet race which was a great achievement for all involved. A detailed write up will be posted shortly. In the mean time, I am planning to head over to France in a couple of weekends to see the Transatlantic racing yachts depart for the TJV race. The Transat Jaques Vabre … Read More