While there are five sailors still en route to Newport, RI, the Race Committee wishes to extend a big thank you to our support team here in Newport.
Norm has been our OSTAR liaison with the US Customs Authorities and has been of great assistance in controlling docking and berthing procedures at the Newport Yacht Club. Dianne has produced delightful welcome packs for the skippers and has been a wonderful host to the visiting OSTAR sailors and Race Officials from the Royal Western Yacht Club. Their generosity has been boundless and very much appreciated.
The genial George Houlihan and his great team of docking staff have provided round the clock berthing assistance to the OSTAR Skippers regardless of what time they’ve arrived. Berths were always made available, even for the impractically large multihulls.
Rudy Borgueta, as the Newport Yacht Club Steward has pulled all the strings to provide the various facilities required by the OSTAR Race Committee and the competitors during their extended stay at this very friendly club.
Tom Bandoni has been the driver of the OSTAR Committee boat, Tigger III. His incredible custom retrofit of a former Naval Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable 36′ Boat built for the US Special Operations Command has been an incredible asset. Many of the skipper’s first words upon arrival were to compliment this impressive vessel. Tom has been on hand day and night to provide Race Committee transport to meet arriving boats as they approach the finish line.
There are many others who remain as yet unnamed but we will endeavour to thank them all in a future article.