RACING SOLO ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
By Jerry Freeman
This is the time of year when sailors glance casually at a chart of the North Atlantic to check if it really is only 2810 nautical miles from Plymouth, England to Newport, Rhode Island. The motivation for this long term passage planning is the 14th edition of the Original Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race – OSTAR – which starts on May 27th, Bank Holiday Monday, under the green and pleasant hills of Plymouth Hoe. The crowds will be massed in their thousands to bid fair winds to the thirty intrepid skippers who must battle westward along a trail first blazed in 1960 by Francis Chichester in Gypsy Moth III and Blondie Hasler in Jester for the small wager of a half-crown.Many sailors dream of the challenge when simply put, starting from Plymouth, turn the bow to the west toward the setting sun and keep going for three or four weeks to America, on your own.
Race Director David Southwood has issued the third OSTAR Newsletter. Make sure to keep up to date with the latest developments in the preparations for the race! Read the newsletter here
Philip Bowern of the Western Morning News reports on the pedigree of the world’s oldest and best loved single handed yacht race, as well as the physical challenges facing the Sailors. Read the full article here.
Race Director David Southwood issues the second OSTAR 2013 newsletter:
2013 NEWSLETTER No 2
For the benefit of competitors the Race Committee has added some information under Race Docs regarding US requirements for competitors arriving in Newport.
Competitors are advised to check the US website www.cbp.gov and enter Foreign flag pleasure boats in the search box for any updates to the information posted.
In addition to the 18 registered entrants, the Race Committee is aware of enquiries from a considerable number of potential competitors. To provide help and encouragement the Committee has agreed to extend the entry date to 31 March – Amendment No. 2 to the Notice of Race has now been posted.
OPEN 50 joins the list of starters for the 2013 OSTAR event Italian yachtsman Andrea Mura has confirmed his entry with his Open 50 Vento di Sardegna
Andrea tells us that the OSTAR is the biggest race for him this year but extremely difficult to win in an Open 50 against the IRC ranking of other boats. He considers the race across the Atlantic to be one of the hardest, having to cope with prevailing head winds and high latitudes. Without the benefit of a professional shore team, Andrea relies on a few long-term friends to help him prepare his boat for the rigours of upwind sailing and rough seas. He enjoys the challenge of finding ways to make the boat faster.
Andrea is planning to leave his home port of Cagliari around the end of April to arrive in Plymouth some 10 days before the start of the race.
We hope Andrea’s entry will be followed by other Open 50’s to create an exciting race within a race!
Polish sailor Krystian Szypka enters the race in his Farr 37 ‘Sunrise’
A member of the Yacht Club of Poland and the Singlehanded Sailors Club, Krystian is an experienced single-handed sailor.
With three successful starts in the Polonez Cup singlehanded race (over 250 miles nonstop from Swinoujscie in Poland around the Christiansoe Islands), he has also competed in the challenging “Great Battle of Gotland” Polish/ Baltic singlehanded race (over 500 miles nonstop in stormy weather). In 2011 he completed the Sunrise Europe Challenge when he sailed around western Europe from Gibraltar in the Mediterranean to Swinoujscie in Poland.
Krystian’s race in the 2013 OSTAR is in tribute to the outstanding Polish and WNBA basketball player Malgorzata “Margo” Dydek-Twigg. Impressed by her personality, sporting achievements and social benevolence, by sailing across the Atlantic Ocean Krystian is paying tribute to this great woman who died young.
The project is called “OSTAR for Dydek”. One part of it is an educational programme promoting sailing and basketball which has involved children and teenagers from twelve cities in Poland and Hungary. Currently they are taking part in many interdisciplinary competitions, and later they will be following Kristian’s race. The website is at www.ostarfordydek.pl and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ostarfordydek displaying photos and updates on the project and Krystian’s race.
Kristian Szypka’s participation in the OSTAR regatta is under the honorary patronage of the Polish Minister of Sport and Tourism and the Polish Olympic Committee.
Kristian’s Farr 37 “Sunrise” is a high performance fiberglass sloop built by Dickerson Boatbuilders in Trappe, Maryland, for the famous designer Bruce Farr and Associates of Annapolis, Maryland, it had a distinguished racing career in the US and Europe before being acquired by Krystian in 2011. The boat has been extensively refitted specifically for the OSTAR race.
David Southwood has taken over as the Race Director for OSTAR 2013. David is a very experienced offshore yachtsman and Race Director. He competed in the 2010 Round Britain and Ireland Race, and was the Director of the highly successful OSTAR 2009.
Click here Newsletter No 1 for the first OSTAR 2013 Newsletter