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

Sailing Is A High Risk, Human Business

James CloseHigh risk business, MAIB, Rolex Fastnet, Safety

Last week the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) published their report on the loss of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki and four crew members in the Atlantic Ocean on the 16th May 2014. The report makes sobering reading and, I am sure, that there will not be a sailing school in the country who does not reflect on, review and assess their own practices as a result. Sailing is a high risk sport and the sailing industry is a high risk … Read More

2015 – The Year Of Sailing On The Solent

James CloseAmerica's Cup, Ben Ainslie Racing, J Class Yachts, Portsmouth, Rolex Fastnet, Round The Island Race, Solent

Yesterday  the sun shone down on the inaugural  Gosport Boat Jumble organised by Gosport Marine Scene. What a fantastic day!We had such a great time taking part. The event was held at Haslar Marina and by 9am the place was buzzing as sailors searched for  bargains and obscure pieces of kit. The atmosphere, chatter and overall vibe confirmed that the Solent really is the hub of British sailing. 2015  is most definitely the year of sailing in the Solent! Already … Read More