Peter Crowther and Suomi Kudu
Former yachting journalist and fisherman, 71 year old Peter Crowther, has been landlord of the Green Dragon pub in Stoke Flemming, near Dartmouth for the past 20 years. He first entered the OSTAR in 1972, in the 64 year old gaff cutter Golden Vanity, and took 89 days to finish.
Four years later he appeared in the junk rigged schooner, Galway Blazer, and again in 1988, 1992 and 1996. In the 1996 race the boat sank 500 miles west of Ireland and Peter had to take to his life raft. In 2000 he suceeded in Predator, a 36ft Julian Everitt design.
He failed in 2005 in the Swan 38 Suomi Kudu after the forestay pulled out of the foredeck and mangled the mainsail. He completed the 2009 race in 29 days. Peter has also taken part in two Azores and Back races and three Round Britain and Ireland races, as well as attempting a solo circumnavigation in 1979 in Galway Blazer which ended after 130 days at sea when the boat capsized and lost both masts.
This will be Peter’s ninth OSTAR.