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

A Revolution in sailing – but would you even know it?

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Our sport is confusing and technical to anyone outside of it. But like many things in life, once you know what is going on it becomes more straightforward and the more you find out about things, the more interesting they get. In the final article of James’ 3 part series on the latest revolution in sailing (see part 1 and part 2) we look at how our sport is being covered by the media. Or not! Is there an Audience? Sailing … Read More

The Sailing Revolution is now – be part of it!

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In part 2 of our exploration of the Sailing Revolution, James looks in more detail at some of the evolutionary steps that have brought us to this point. If you’d like to catch-up with the first part of this series of article you can find it here. We believe that the Sailing Revolution is now – be part of it! Lessons From Aviation The invention of the jet engine was a massive catalyst for a revolution in aircraft design throughout … 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