First Class Sailing Seeks Crew Members for Inshore Round the Cans, Hamble Winter Series

First Class Sailing is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic crew members to participate in the competitive inshore round the cans Hamble Winter Series, set to take place during October, November and early December.

The yacht taking part in this series is none other than the Espresso Martini Too, a vessel meticulously crafted for both speed and precision on the water. As the 42nd iteration of the series approaches, the race will kick off on 8 October and continue until 3 December. Yachts registered for the main series will engage in two races per day on the initial four Sundays, followed by one race per day on the subsequent four Sundays, after the daylight-saving shift.

There will also be a dedicated training weekend to be conducted prior to the commencement of the inaugural Sunday race. Furthermore, four Saturdays will be dedicated to training sessions ahead of each subsequent race day.

The heart of this race format revolves around inshore yacht racing, guiding participants around designated markers. The yacht has an extensive sail wardrobe for these adrenaline-pumping races that comprises of racing mainsails, headsails and a large number of spinnakers that are carefully selected to align with the prevailing wind conditions.

Previous racing experience is advantageous, though sailing experience is a must. The high-performance Espresso Martini Too, a Farr 40 yacht 40ft in length and weighing five tonnes, takes the spotlight in this event. MCA coded to Category 2 standards, the yacht is characterised by its hands-on nature, underscoring the significance of teamwork.


  • September 30/October 1 – Training Weekend
  • October 7/8 – Saturday Training, Sunday Racing
  • October 14/15 – Saturday Training, Sunday Racing
  • October 21/22 – Saturday Training, Sunday Racing
  • October 30 – Racing
  • November 11/12 – Saturday Training, Sunday Racing
  • November 26 – Racing
  • December 3 – Racing

Charlie Tulloch, Principal at First Class Sailing, said: “It is not just a few races; it is a test of teamwork and individual dedication. We are thrilled to invite people to take part in this challenging but rewarding race series.”

For more information and registration details, visit

Contact or call 02380 011077.

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