Class40 Racing At Its Finest!

#54 Dragon Ocean Racing is an Owen Clarke designed Class40 owned and sailed by American Michael Hennessy!

Having competed in Class40 for a number of years Mike recently finished 12th in the 2018 Route du Rhum, a solo transatlantic race from St Malo, France to Guadeloupe. It's arguably the most prestigious shorted handed offshore race in the world.


The 2020 season will see Mike and Dragon compete in the Atlantic Cup!  


Follow Mike's blog and find out more about Dragon Ocean Racing below!

#54 Dragon Ocean Racing


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November 1, 2018

I went and found the local Crossfit gym here in St. Malo, to get a last workout or two in before the start.  I am scaling down the effort to avoid getting injured, but it feels good to shake off the funk of sitting in planes and trains.  

As much work as the boat needed for this race, I needed more.  I ran in high school a thousand years ago, and rowed crew in college a hundred years ago but since then true organized training has been haphazard.  My various hobbies have kept me phy...

October 31, 2018

To finish first, first you must finish.

The weather systems this time of year for the English Channel start thousands of miles away, in the moist, warm gulf states of the USA.  They start as rising air coming off of warm ground, creating modest low pressure systems that get pulled to the east and north as they start to build.  They typically track the eastern seaboard, picking up energy and moisture from the Gulf Stream if they get far enough off the coast.  And they often combine with similar sy...

October 30, 2018

The Class40 is a box rule, meant to encourage the development of boats that are off shore capable, able to be sailed by one or two people, and that offer close and competitive racing regardless of the designer or builder.

The term “box rule” means that the Class has a set of rules that govern the dimensions of the boat, and the types of materials that can be used when building her.  Some of those rules are meant to compel the designer, builders and owners to develop safe boats, and some of those...

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Name: Michael Hennessy 

Age: 53

Hometown: Mystic CT, USA

Career Highlights: 

12th in 2018 Route du Rhum

4th in 2018 Atlantic Cup

7th in 2014 Fastnet

2nd in 2012 Newport-Bermuda 

2nd in 2011 Atlantic Cup 

Boat Name: Dragon


Boat Type: Class40

Port of Registry: Mystic, CT, USA

Builder: Composite Creations

Designer: Owen Clarke Designs

Year Launched: 2008

Source of Energy Production: 

Hydro Generator

Read Mike's Previous Posts

A Brutal Reminder

February 17, 2019


February 2, 2019

Romance and Flying Fish -...

January 31, 2019

Slapping 'n Flapping

January 30, 2019

Fox and Hounds

January 28, 2019

Back Together And It Feels So Good

It's 0800 here in Miami and we are about to leave the Airbnb for the marina. The boat and crew are ready, and the pr...

Back Together And It Feel...

January 27, 2019

It Takes a Navy

November 26, 2018

Mike and The Might Dragon have finished the Route du Rhum in 12th place in a time of 21 Days 3 Hours 18 Minutes and 46 Seconds - Pictures, video and m...


November 25, 2018

Star Light, Star Bright....

November 24, 2018

Dragon November 24 Status

November 24, 2018

Putting the Rum in the Ro...

November 24, 2018

An Interesting Night

November 24, 2018

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