Race Update – Tuesday 9th July

Geoff Alcorn aboard Wind of Lorne II is now less than 790NM from the finish in Newport, Rhode Island. He is nearly across the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and just on the edge of the French territorial waters of St Pierre and Miquelon, a remnant of French colonialism which lies some 2,373 NM west of Brest. Geoff is the last competitor in the Eira Class in this OSTAR; Anarchy, Olbia and Lexia all retired which means that he is guaranteed the first place prize if he can finish his race before the 26th July. Weather conditions south of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia are light and confused making for slow progress. The Race Committee from the RWYC have now packed up shop, David and Jill Southwood have returned to the UK and handed over Race Office duties to the Plymouth team for the remainder of the race. Geoff will be finished and welcomed by Norm Bailey and Dianne Stewart of the Newport Yacht Club, they will extend the same warm welcome to Geoff as was received by all the other competitors.

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David and Jill Southwood, Ralph Villiger, Dianne Stewart and Norm Bailey

Ralph Villiger of Ntombifuti is now preparing for the next leg of his summer adventure with a plan to head up to Greenland where he will meet a friend and enjoy climbing among some rarely seen landscapes. Ralph was presented the Newport, RI yachting achievement medal on Friday 5th by past NYC Commodore Norm Bailey and current Vice Commodore Stewart Abramson in front of a large crowd of fellow sailors in the Newport Yacht Club.

Race Director David Southwood will now enjoy a few days of R&R before he too sets off on his own sailing adventure. On Thursday 11th July, David will sail singlehanded from Plymouth down to NW Spain where he will be met by his wife and family for a well earned holiday. Bon Voyage David!

Alex Burgis will be following many of the other OSTAR boat’s eastward track back to Europe aboard Charles Emmett’s 36′ British Beagle. He will be sailing short handed with his mother in preparation for a planned Round Britain and Ireland campaign in 2014.