2013 OSTAR Finishes Up

It’s good to see that some things stay the same. Chief among these is the OSTAR, the legendary event that basically invented the modern sport of singlehanded ocean racing.
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on
 Jeroboam crosses the finish in Newport

Jeroboam crosses the finish in Newport

It’s good to see that some things stay the same. Chief among these is the OSTAR, the legendary event that basically invented the modern sport of singlehanded ocean racing.

While many other races have long-since gone commercial, the OSTAR, first conceived by sailing legend Herbert “Blondie” Hasler in the late 1950s, has remained true to its Corinthian roots, with 18 sailors from all walks of life taking part this past June. Among them was U.S. sailor Jonathan Green aboard the Beneteau Oceanis 351 Jeroboam, who entered the race in partnership with the Storm Trysail Foundation (stormtrysailfoundation.org) and Sail for Kids.

Organized by Britain’s Royal Western Yacht Club, the race is held roughly every four years and has been through multiple iterations since it first took place in 1960. It has served as a springboard for any number of now-famous sailors, including France’s Eric Tabarly and Britain’s Sir Francis Chichester, who won the inaugural race in 40 days 12 hours aboard the 40-foot Gypsy Moth III.

The line-honors winner of the this year’s race was Italian skipper Andrea Mura, who completed the 3,000-mile course from Plymouth, England, to Newport, Rhode Island, in 17 days 11 hours, 22 minutes aboard the Open 60 Vento Di Sardegna. Jon Green, the only U.S. entrant, finished in 23 days, 8 hours, to comfortably win both his class and IRC Overall. For complete results, visit ostar.rwyc.org

Photo courtesy of Billy Black/OSTAR

Related

101218BTSC-9887

Just Launched: Little Big Boat

Peter Nielsen looks at Beneteau’s latest entry-level boat and a new cruiser from Tartan Group Beneteau’s commitment to entry-level boats has been reaffirmed over the last year with the assimilation of the sporty Seascape line of pocket cruisers and the ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell. Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.com No chafe, safe stay  If you’re leaving the boat unattended for a longish period, there’s a lot to be said for cow-hitching the shorelines, as this sailor did. They’ll never let go, and so long as the ...read more

belize600x

Charter Special: Belize

It would be hard to imagine a more secure spot than the Sunsail base on the outskirts of the beachside community of Placencia, Belize. The entire marina is protected by a robust seawall with a channel scarcely a few boatlengths across. It’s also located far enough up Placencia ...read more

DSC00247

DIY: a Top-to-Bottom Refit

I found my sailing “dream boat” in the spring of 1979 while racing on Lake St. Clair in Michigan. Everyone had heard about the hot new boat in town, and we were anxiously awaiting the appearance of this new Pearson 40. She made it to the starting line just before the race ...read more

01-oysteryachts-regattas-loropiana2016_063

Light-air Sails and How to Handle Them

In the second of a two-part series on light-air sails, Rupert Holmes looks at how today’s furling gear has revolutionized sail handling off the wind. Read part 1 here. It’s easy to look at long-distance racing yachts of 60ft and above with multiple downwind sails set on roller ...read more

HanseCharles

Video Tour: Hanse 348

“It’s a smaller-size Hanse cruiser, but with some big-boat features,” says SAIL’s Cruising Editor, Charles J. Doane. At last fall’s Annapolis Boat Show, Doane had a chance to take a close look at the new Hanse 348. Some of the boat’s highlights include under-deck galleries for ...read more

amalfitown

Charter Destination: Amalfi Coast

Prego! Weeks after returning from our Italian flotilla trip last summer, I was still feeling the relaxed atmosphere of the Amalfi Coast. It’s a Mediterranean paradise, with crystal-clear waters, charming hillside towns and cliffside villages, plenty of delicious food and wine, ...read more

image005

Inside or Outside When Sailing the ICW

Last April, my wife, Marjorie, and I decided to take our Tartan 4100, Meri, north to Maryland from her winter home in Hobe Sound, Florida. This, in turn, meant deciding whether to stay in the “Ditch” for the duration or go offshore part of the way. Although we had both been ...read more