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Tom Dolan (right) is a key member of a three-strong international crew, skippered by top Figaro racer Gildas Mahé (centre). The team, which also includes young Spanish racer Pep Costa, will compete in a 3,430 nautical mile Transatlantic course from the French Atlantic coast to reach Marie-Galante off the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe
Irish offshore solo racer Tom Dolan is taking advantage of a break in the Figaro circuit to participate in a new crewed Class40 race - the Niji 40. Dolan is a key member of a three-strong international crew, skippered by…
The 15th-anniversary edition of the race is scheduled for Sunday, September 15, 2024
The CIC Normandy Channel Race 2024, the highlight of the Class40 circuit, has extended its registration deadline to April 1 to accommodate the growing interest in the event. The 15th-anniversary edition of the race, scheduled for Sunday, September 15, 2024,…
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan: “Staying fresh, hungry and focused are my targets this season.”
Irish solo offshore sailor, Tom Dolan, is starting his 2024 racing season with a new approach. Rather than spending most of his time on the water, the skipper of Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan has prioritised his physical and mental preparation. Dolan is…
James McHugh’s Class40 Tquila in action in the RORC Caribbean 600
In what is being hailed as one of the most thrilling finishes in recent memory, the RORC Caribbean 600 Class40 division is set for a nail-biting finale. At 0900 AST on Thursday, 22 February, six of the 11-strong Class40s were…
Ireland's Pamela Lee (right) and French co-skipper Tiphaine Ragueneau, complete the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre in 29th place in Class40
Pam Lee and Tiphaine Ragueneau, the Irish-French duo, who raced the Atlantic under the Cap pour elles initiative, crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre off Fort-de-France, Martinique on a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon at…
The second placed Crédit Mutuel of Ian Lipinski and Antoine Carpentier crosses the Transat Jacques Vabre finish line in Forte de France
With Alberto Bona and Pablo Santurde del Arco on the Italian Mach 40.5 IBSA crossing the Class 40 finish line in fourth place on the 16th Transat Jacques Vabre on Thursday afternoon, November 23rd, their aggregate time of 18 days…
Italian skipper Ambrogio Beccaria and French co-skipper Nicolas Andrieu sailing the all-Italian Musa 40 Alla Grande PIRELLI celebrate  Transat Jacques Vabre Class40 first place in Martinique
Italian skipper Ambrogio Beccaria and French co-skipper Nicolas Andrieu sailing the all-Italian Musa 40 Alla Grande PIRELLI took first place in the highly competitive Class40 race on the 16th Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre two-handed race when they crossed…
There were strong winds for the re-start of the Class 40s in the Transat Jacques Vabre
Class 40 and Ocean Fifty were back in full race mode some eight days after the initial start from Le Havre a week past Sunday; 46 duos aboard their Class40 monohulls and Ocean Fifty multihulls returned to the Transat Jacques…
The fleet of 43 Class 40s is arriving at Lorient this morning in a new Transat Jacques Vabre shortened first leg from Le Havre
Ireland's Pamela Lee of Greystones, co-skippering with Tiphaine Ragueneau on the Class 40 Engie-DFDS-Brittany Ferries, finished 26th in the fleet of 43 at Lorient this morning (Tuesday) at 05-02-25hrs, with the last stage of the new Transat Jacques Vabre shortened first…
Irish Offshore sailor Pamela Lee
Twenty-four hours into the CIC Normandy Channel Race and Irish Offshore sailor Pamela Lee co-skippering the Class 40 yacht '154' is lying 23rd in the fleet. The 1000-miler that started on Sunday sees Lee embark on a new journey with French co-skipper Tiphanie Ragueneau.…
The Route du Rhum club of double winners - Yoann Richomme is one of the outstanding sailors and technicians of his generation
French skipper Yoann Richomme joined the very elite group of solo ocean racers to have twice won their class on the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe today, when he brought the new build Lombard Lift 40 V2 Paprec-Arkea through the finish…
With no fewer than 55 entries, Class40 is the biggest fleet of the 12th Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe
With no fewer than 55 entries, Class40 is the biggest fleet of the 12th Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe. And within this big, competitive fleet, there are a group of brand new, latest generation boats from renowned designers sailed by…
One of the class favourites for the RORC's Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race - Palanad 3, skippered by Antoine Magre (FRA) with an international crew including Spain’s Pablo Santurde and two Irishmen, James Crampton and James Murphy
Two Irish sailors, James Crampton and James Murphy are on the crew of one of the class favourites for August's Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race - Palanad 3, skippered by Antoine Magre (FRA). Ten Class40s are among the entries and…
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Morgan Cup is from Cowes to Dartmouth, a distance of 110 - 160 nautical miles
The Royal Ocean Racing Club Season’s Points Championship continues with the eighth race of the series, the Morgan Cup Race. Starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line at 1800 BST on the 17th of June. The intention is to start…
La Rochelle is the host port for the 35 solo and double Class40 competitors
The Race Around, Class40’s official round-the-world offshore yacht race, has named La Rochelle in Western France as the host city for its inaugural event in 2023. A location steeped in offshore sailing history, La Rochelle will become the home of…
The first international Class40 yacht has entered June's Round Ireland race
 The hard work of Wicklow Sailing Club's 2022 Round Ireland Race committee is bearing fruit with the early entry for this summer's race of the new Class40 yacht Influence by Italian skipper Andrea Fornaro. The VPLP design is the first such Class40…

About the Class 40

The Class40 is a kind of monohull sailboat primarily used for short-handed offshore and coastal racing. It is dedicated to offshore racing and has been around since 2004, serving as an intermediate oceanic boat between the Mini 650 (6.50m) and the 60-foot IMOCA (18.24m). The boat is strictly regulated, with a maximum length of 12.19 m. These boats are designed to sail in all weather conditions, and their performance has recently improved significantly. It is not uncommon to reach speeds of up to 26 knots (according to GPS), and planing up to 15 knots is normal.