Race Report #1 – Tuesday 28th May

OSTAR 2013 was started in Plymouth Sound from HMS Somerset by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Vivien Pengelly, in the presence of Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson. The Multihull “Cabrio 2” skippered by Asia Pajkowska suffered a loss of steering due to a hydraulic fluid leak. She was towed back to Plymouth to resolve this problem and restated later. James  Taylor decided that his Contessa 32 “Anarchy” was not ready for a transatlantic crossing and took the sensible decision to retire just after the start. Kass Schmitt had made a similar decision a few days earlier but sailed down from the Solent in Zest to wish her fellow competitors good luck.

Photos taken by Royal Navy Lt Cdr Paul Maddison

On the start line disaster nearly struck as Peter Crowther “Suomi Kudu” and Andrea Mura in “Vento Di Sardegna” came too close for comfort. Luckily damage seems to have been averted. During the afternoon of the first day it became obvious that some skippers had not read the Sailing Instructions very carefully and followed “Vento Di Sardegna” inside the Eddystone Lighthouse. When it dawned on them, the guilty one by one turned back to leave the Eddystone to starboard. The junk rigged Sunbird 32 put into the River Yealm to avoid tacking towards the Lizard in a wind for which it is not suited. This enabled Jonathan Snodgrass to get a good night’s sleep of which he was in great need.

Photos taken by Neil Marshall

So as we enter the second day the fleet has been rejoined by “Cabrio 2” and is following Roger Langevin in his Muti 50 “Branec 4” out into the Atlantic. It has been an interesting first 24 hours.

Special thanks to Andy Mullins for these photos.