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

Sailing Experiences in 2016

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Have you planned your 2016 sailing yet? We know that many of you had your first Dream or Two sailing experience on an RYA course. Now that we’re no longer an RYA school what does that mean for you? That’s what we’ll answer in this article! Whilst we may not be offering RYA courses anymore, coaching and education still remain at the heart of Dream or Two Sailing. We believe that becoming a better sailor and enjoying time out on … Read More

Jules Verne Trophy Attempt 2015

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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

Apparently it is windy. Apparent wind explained.

James CloseClass 40 racing, Dream or Two Sailing, James, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorised, wind0 Comments

I talk about apparent wind a lot, it is a term that applies to all sailing boats, but is more noticeable on a fast boat like Fortissimo, as high boat speed means we generate a bigger headwind, which distorts the wind we feel onboard.  To explain how we manage the wind to increase performance I will start with the basics, and then elaborate… We have the true wind, which is the wind we feel if we were standing still. Once we start moving, we … Read More