Race Update #11: Saturday 15th June

With the rush of activity surrounding the arrival of the first two boats Vento di Sardegna and Branec IV beginning to settle down, our attention here in the race office in Newport turns back to the rest of the fleet still on approach to the finish.

Richard Lett aboard Pathways to Children is now just under 330NM from the finish line and it looks like he’ll be arriving on the 18th June. He currently holds 1st place in the Gypsy Moth Class due to the substantial time owed to him by the other boats in the class based on IRC handicap. Having sailed neck and neck with Spirit, skippered by Jac Sandberg for the majority of the race, Richard has now pulled ahead and extended his lead on the Corby 30 who is due in later on the same day according to the tracker ETAs. Nico Budel and his Class 40 sec.Hayai is not far behind them. It’s still possible that he could catch up with the smaller boats in his class and possibly even overtake them before the finish. Both Jac and Nico have suffered technical difficulties with their trackers but thanks to great support from the team at Yellowbrick, we are still able to follow their progress by manually inputting their positions to the system.

Local favourite Jonathan Green aboard his Beneteau Oceanis 351 Jeroboam has continued to impress and further extended his lead on the other Jester Class boats. Here in Newport, Jonathan has a reputation as a formidable sailor from past performances in the Bermuda 1-2 event. He and Nico Budel are both around the 450NM to go mark and it would be a great achievement for Jonathan to match the Class 40′s elapsed time.

Asia Pajkowska, the only female skipper of the fleet now holds the Multihull Class lead position and is making good progress towards the Nova Scotian coast in very light conditions.

Charles Emmett aboard his Sigma 36 British Beagle is currently skirting the edge of the Canadian continental shelf and holds the 2nd place in the Jester Class and 8th place overall.
Mervyn Wheatley and Krystian Szypka have both chosen a similar northerly course which takes them very close to Newfoundland and have demonstrated a very consistent speed throughout the race.

Eight time OSTAR veteran Peter Crowther is just to the east of the continental shelf and continues along the rhumb line course that he has stuck to from the beginning of the race. When he arrives in Newport it will be the end of his ninth OSTAR campaign.

Ralph Villiger aboard Ntombifuti has now caught up with Geoff Alcorn’s Saltram 36 Wind of Lorne II and will no doubt have his sights firmly set on overtaking another boat before the end of his challenging OSTAR journey.