Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race

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Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race
First held1960
OrganizerRoyal Western Yacht Club
TypeSingle-handed sailing
Yacht racing
StartPlymouth, England
FinishNewport, Rhode Island, United States
Websiterwyc.org/ostar
www.thetransat.com

The Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race (STAR) is an east-to-west yacht race across the North Atlantic. When inaugurated in 1960, it was the first single-handed ocean yacht race; it is run from Plymouth in England to Newport, Rhode Island in the United States, and has generally been held on a four yearly basis.

The race is organised by the Royal Western Yacht Club and was originally sponsored by the UK-based newspaper The Observer, and known as the Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race; due to changes in sponsorship, it has been known as the CSTAR, Europe 1 STAR, and the Europe 1 New Man STAR. After the 2000 edition, the RWYC took the decision to split the race into two events, one using smaller boats and intended for amateurs and young sailors, the other for professionals. The amateur event was raced as The OSTAR ("Original STAR") from 2005.[1] The professional version was raced as The Transat from 2004.

The 2020 races were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

History[edit]

The Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race was conceived by Herbert "Blondie" Hasler in 1956. The whole idea of a single-handed ocean yacht race was a revolutionary concept at the time, as the idea was thought to be extremely impractical; but this was especially true given the adverse conditions of their proposed route — a westward crossing of the north Atlantic Ocean, against the prevailing winds.

Hasler sought sponsorship for a race, but by 1959, no-one had been prepared to back the race. Finally, though, The Observer newspaper provided sponsorship, and in 1960, under the management of the Royal Western Yacht Club of England, the Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race, or OSTAR, was on.[3][4][5]

The first run of the race was a great success; since then, it has run every four years, and has become firmly established as one of the major events on the yachting calendar. The name of the event has changed several times due to changes in main sponsor; it has been known as the CSTAR, Europe 1 STAR, and the Europe 1 New Man STAR. The professional event has been run as The Transat from 2004, while the race smaller boats is run as the OSTAR. Throughout its history, however, the essentials of the race have remained the same. It has also become known as a testbed for new innovations in yacht racing; many new ideas started out in "the STAR".

The race[edit]

OSTAR Line Honours from 1960 to 2013

The course of the race is westwards against the prevailing winds of the north Atlantic over a distance of around 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km). The first edition of the race was from Plymouth United Kingdom to New York City; the editions from 1964 to 2000 were sailed from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island; the 2004 event sailed from Plymouth to Boston, Massachusetts.[5][6][7]

The actual course steered is the decision of the individual skipper, and the result of the race can hinge on the chosen route:[8]

Rhumb line
The shortest route on paper — i.e. on a Mercator projection chart — is a route which steers a constant compass course, known as the rhumb line route; this is 2,902 nautical miles. This lies between 40 degrees and 50 degrees north, and avoids the most severe weather.
Great circle
The actual shortest route is the great circle route, which is 2,810 nautical miles (5,200 km). This goes significantly farther north; sailors following this route frequently encounter fog and icebergs.
Northern route
It is sometimes possible to avoid headwinds by following a far northern route, north of the great circle and above the track followed by depressions. This is a longer way, though, at 3,130 nautical miles (5,800 km), and places the sailor in greater danger of encountering ice.
Azores route
A "softer" option can be to sail south, close to the Azores, and across the Atlantic along a more southerly latitude. This route can offer calmer reaching winds, but is longer at 3,530 nautical miles (6,540 km); the light and variable winds can also lead to slow progress.
Trade wind route
The most "natural" way to cross the Atlantic westward is to sail south to the trade winds, and then west across the ocean. However, this is the longest route of all, at 4,200 nautical miles (7,780 km).

This variety of routes is one of the factors which makes an east-to-west north Atlantic crossing interesting, as different skippers try different strategies against each other. In practice, though, the winning route is usually somewhere between the great circle and the rhumb line.

The OSTAR Edition[edit]

The OSTAR, 1960[edit]

The Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race of 1960 was a milestone in sailing, being the first single-handed ocean yacht race. One hundred and fifteen people expressed an interest in the race, and there were eight entries, of whom five actually took part. Only four were at the starting line on June 11, however, as Jean Lacombe arrived late and started three days after the others. All of the boats were monohulls; this was to be the only edition of the race without multihulls. It was also the only edition of the race sailed from Plymouth to New York City.

The skippers tried a variety of routing strategies. Hasler chose the northern route, to avoid the depressions; Chichester and Lewis stayed closer to the great circle; Lacombe and Howells chose more southerly routes. Hasler sailed his junk-rigged Jester; Chichester had by far the longest boat, his 40-foot (12 m) Gipsy Moth III, and this was reflected in the results:[4][5]

Pos. Skipper Boat Class Time
1  Francis Chichester (GBR) Gipsy Moth III Mono-40 40 days 12 hours 30 min
2  Blondie Hasler (GBR) Jester Mono-26 48 days 12 hours 02 min
3  David Lewis (GBR) Cardinal Vertue Mono-25 55 days 00 hours 50 min
4  Val Howells (GBR) EIRA Mono-25 62 days 05 hours 50 min
5  Jean Lacombe (FRA) Cap Horn Mono-21.5 74 days ?? hours ?? min

The race had a huge impact on ocean sailing, and in particular solo sailing. Hasler's wind-vane self-steering gear revolutionised short-handed sailing, and his other major innovation — using a junk rig for safer and more manageable shorthanded sailing — influenced many subsequent sailors.[9][10]

The OSTAR, 1964[edit]

Thirteen competitors started the next edition of the race in 1964, which by now was firmly established on the racing scene. All of the five original competitors entered, and all five improved their original times; but the show was stolen by French naval officer Éric Tabarly, who entered a custom-built 44-foot (13 m) plywood ketch, Pen Duick II. The days of racers sailing the family boat were numbered following Tabarly's performance, for which he was awarded the Legion of Honour by president Charles de Gaulle. It is also noteworthy that Tabarly and Jean Lacombe were the only French entrants in this race; Tabarly's success was instrumental in popularising the sport in France, the country which in future years would come to dominate it.

This was to be the year in which several future trends were established. Multihulls made their first appearance — sailing in the same class as the other boats; and the race featured the use of radio, for the first time, by several competitors who gave daily progress reports to their sponsors.[4][6][11]

Pos. Skipper Boat Class Time
1  Éric Tabarly (FRA) Pen Duick II Mono-44 27 days 03 hours 56 min
2  Francis Chichester (GBR) Gipsy Moth III Mono-40 29 days 23 hours 57 min
3  Val Howells (GBR) Akka Mono-35 32 days 18 hours 08 min
4  Alec Rose (GBR) Lively Lady Mono-36 36 days 17 hours 30 min
5  Blondie Hasler (GBR) Jester Mono-26 37 days 22 hours 05 min
6  Bill Howell (AUS) Stardrift Mono-30 38 days 03 hours 23 min
7  David Lewis (GBR) Rehu Moana Cat-40 38 days 12 hours 04 min
8  Mike Ellison (GBR) Ilala Mono-36 46 days 06 hours 26 min
9  Jean Lacombe (FRA) Golif Mono-22 46 days 07 hours 05 min
10  Bob Bunker (GBR) Vanda Caelea Mono-25 49 days 18 hours 45 min
11  Mike Butterfield (GBR) Misty Miller Cat-30 53 days 00 hours 05 min
12  Geoffrey Chaffey (GBR) Ericht 2 Mono-31 60 days 11 hours 15 min
13  Derek Kelsall (GBR) Folatre Tri-35 61 days 14 hours 04 min
14  Axel Nymann Pedersen (DEN) Marco Polo Mono-28 63 days 13 hours 30 min
RET  Robin McCurdy (GBR) Tammie Norie Mono-40 retired

The OSTAR, 1968[edit]

The race was by now acquiring a reputation for pushing forward the technology of ocean sailing, and the 1968 edition featured the first use of computer-based weather routing. A far cry from today's laptop-laden yachts, this consisted of a land-based mainframe computer, the English Electric KDF9, linked by radio to Geoffrey Williams in his boat Sir Thomas Lipton. Although outside private routing advice of this kind is no longer permitted in most "unassisted" races, it is now routine for ocean sailors to do similar analyses using their on-board computers to process public weather information.

Williams created another story by his use of the "shortcut" through the Nantucket Shoal. This dangerous route was supposed to be illegal, but due to an error the race instructions required skippers only to keep south of Nantucket, instead of Nantucket Light. Williams successfully navigated the treacherous route in a gale. Gales were a major feature of the race, with a large storm on the 11th of June, and Hurricane Brenda, both contributing to the large number of retired and abandoned boats. One casualty was Éric Tabarly, aboard his new trimaran Pen Duick IV, who collided with a cargo and sailed back to England with structural damage. Another was the first woman to have taken part, the West German Edith Baumann, aboard her 39-foot trimaran "Koala III".[12]

Although won by a monohull, this race saw the multihulls firmly established on the scene. Thirteen of the thirty-five boats entered were multihulls, led by the controversial proa Cheers; many observers felt that a proa was entirely unsuitable for ocean sailing, but she made a fast time along the Azores route.[4][13]

Pos. Skipper Boat Class Time
1  Geoffrey Williams (GBR) Sir Thomas Lipton Mono-57 25 days 20 hours 33 min
2 South Africa Bruce Dalling (RSA) Voortrekker Mono-50 26 days 13 hours 42 min
3  Tom Follett (USA) Cheers Proa-40 27 days 00 hours 13 min
4  Leslie Williams (GBR) Spirit of Cutty Sark Mono-53 29 days 10 hours 17 min
5  Bill Howell (AUS) Golden Cockerel Cat-42.5 31 days 16 hours 24 min
6  Brian Cooke (GBR) Opus Mono-32 34 days 08 hours 23 min
7  Martin Minter-Kemp (GBR) Gancia Girl Tri-42 34 days 13 hours 15 min
8  N.T.J. Bevan (GBR) MYTH OF MALHAM Mono-40 36 days 01 hours 41 min
9  B. de Castelbajac (FRA) MAXINE Mono-34.5 37 days 13 hours 47 min
10  Jean-Yves Terlain (FRA) MAGUELONNE Mono-35 38 days 09 hours 10 min
11  N.S.A. Burgess (GBR) DOG WATCH Mono-27 38 days 12 hours 13 min
12  Andre Foezon (FRA) SYLVIA 11 Mono-36 40 days 00 hours 16 min
13  B. Enbom (SWE) FIONE Mono-20 40 days 14 hours 13 min
14  Claus Hehner (GER) MEX Mono-37 41 days 10 hours 46 min
15  Revd. Stephen Packenham (GBR) ROB ROY Mono-32.5 42 days 03 hours 49 min
16  Colin Forbes (GBR) STARTLED FAUN Tri-33 45 days 10 hours 08 min
17  B. Rodriguez (USA) AMISTAD Tri-25 47 days 18 hours 05 min
18  Mike Richey (GBR) JESTER Mono-26 57 days 10 hours 40 min
DSQ  Ake Matteson (SWE) GOODWIN II Mono-19.5 DSQ --
RET  Eric Tabarly (FRA) PEN DUICK IV Tri-67 RET --
RET  Eric Willis (GBR) COILA Tri-50 ABN --
RET  Alex Carozzo (ITA) SAN GIORGIO Cat-53 -- RET --
RET  David Pyle (GBR) ATLANTIS III Mono-26.5 -- RET --
RET  W. Wallin (SWE) WILECA Mono-27 -- RET --
RET  Comdt. B. Waquet (FRA) TAMOURE Tri-26 -- RET --
RET  Edith Bauman (GER) KOALA III Tri-39.5 -- ABN --
RET  Robert Wingate (GBR) ZEEVALK Mono-39.5 -- RET --
RET  M.J. Pulsford (GBR) WHITE GHOST Tri-34 -- RET --
RET  Egon Heinemann (GER) AYE-AYE Mono 33 -- RET --
RET  Guy Piazzini (SUI) GUNTAR III Mono-41 -- RET --
RET  A. Munro (GBR) OCEAN HIGHLANDER Cat-45 -- RET --
RET  L. Paillard (FRA) LA DELIRANTE Mono-36 -- RET --
ABN  Marc Cuiklinski (FRA) AMBRIMA Mono 37—ABN --
ABN  Joan de Kat (FRA) YAKSHA Tri-50 -- ABN --
RET  Alain Gliksman (FRA) RALPH Mono-58 -

The 17 non-finishers included Éric Tabarly on Pen Duick IV, and Alex Carozzo of Italy on San Giorgio. Carozzo went on to compete in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, the other major single-handed sailing event of the year.

The OSTAR, 1972[edit]

Tabarly's trimaran Pen Duick IV made a return to the race in 1972, sailed by Alain Colas, at the head of a strong French contingent; of the 55 entrants, 12 were French, and the top three finishers were all French.

The average boat size was increasing rapidly, as longer boats are capable of higher speeds. A sign of the changing times was that the rules had a minimum size, to deter unsafe entries, but no maximum; and so the star of the monohull fleet was Vendredi Treize (Friday the 13th), a 128-foot (39 m) three-masted schooner — a huge boat for a single-hander. However, the race was now dominated by the multihulls, with Colas winning on a trimaran and four of the top six finishers being multis.

The 55 entrants included the first female finishers, two French and one Polish. Sir Francis Chichester, now 70 years old, sailed with the fleet in Gipsy Moth V; however, he was unable to complete what was to be his last race, and he died later the same year. Peter Crowther made the longest crossing in the race's history while sailing the oldest boat, the 66-year-old gaff cutter Golden Vanity; his crossing took 88 days.[4][14]

The top ten finishers:

Pos. Skipper Boat Class Time
1  Alain Colas (FRA) Pen Duick IV Tri-70 20 days 13 hours 15 min
2  Jean-Yves Terlain (FRA) Vendredi Treize Mono-128 21 days 05 hours 14 min
3  Jean-Marie Vidal (FRA) Cap 33 Tri-53 24 days 05 hours 40 min
4  Brian Cooke (GBR) British Steel Mono-59 24 days 19 hours 28 min
5  Tom Follett (USA) Three Cheers Tri-46 27 days 11 hours 04 min
6  Gerard Pesty (FRA) Architeuthis Tri-55 28 days 11 hours 55 min
7  Martin Minter-Kemp (GBR) Strongbow Mono-65 28 days 12 hours 46 min
8  Alain Gliksman (FRA) Toucan Mono-34.5 28 days 12 hours 54 min
9  Franco Faggioni (ITA) Sagittario Mono-50.5 28 days 23 hours 05 min
10  James Ferris (USA) Whisper Mono-53.5 29 days 11 hours 15 min
11  Marc Linski (FRA) ISLES DU FRIOUL Mono-48 30 days 02 hours 45 min
12  Krzysztof Baranowski (POL) POLONEZ Mono-45 30 days 16 hours 55 min
13  Mike McMullen (GBR) BINKIE II Mono-32 31 days 18 hours 10 min
14  Marie-Claude Fauroux (FRA) ALOA VII Mono-35 32 days 22 hours 51 min
15  Lt. Col. Jock Brazier (GBR) FLYING ANGEL Mono-46 33 days 09 hours 21 min
16  Joel Charpentier (FRA) WILD ROCKET Mono-63 34 days 13 hours 38 min
17  Yves Olivaux (FRA) ALOA I Mono 35 34 days 17 hours 30 min
18  Guy Piazzini (FRA) CAMBRONNE Mono-45.5 35 days 10 hours 24 min
19  Pierre Chassin (FRA) CONCORDE Mono-43 36 days 01 hours 19 min
20  Bruce Webb (GBR) GAZELLE Mono-47.5 36 days 02 hours 07 min
21  John Holtom (GBR) LA BAMBA OF MERSEA Mono-34 36 days 04 hours 30 min
22  Lt. Guy Hornet (GBR) BLUE SMOKE Mono-26 36 days 21 hours 26 min
23  Wolf-Dietrich Kirchner (GER) WHITE DOLPHIN Mono-32 38 days 07 hours 17 min
24  Jock McLeod (GBR) RON GLAS Mono-47 38 days 09 hours 50 min
25  Richard Clifford (GBR) SHAMAAL Mono-25.5 38 days 10 hours 30 min
26  R. Lancy Burn (USA) BLUE GIPSY Mono-28 39 days 08 hours 30 min
27  Philip Weld (USA) TRUMPETER Tri-44 39 days 13 hours 25 min
28  Claus Hehner (GER) MEX Mono-35 40 days 08 hours 23 min
29  Ambrogio Fogar (ITA) SURPRISE Mono-38 41 days 04 hours 45 min
30  Capt. P. Chilton R.N. (GBR) MARY KATE OF ARUN Mono-38 41 days 17 hours 17 min
31  Lt Cdr (SCC) Eric Sumner RNR (GBR) FRANCETTE Mono-25 43 days 09 hours 38 min
32  Zbigniew Puchalski (POL) MIRANDA Mono-39 45 days 10 hours 05 min
33  Heiko Krieger (GER) TINIE Mono 26.5 46 days 15 hours 30 min
34  Jerry Cartwright (USA) SCUFFLER III Mono-32.5 49 days 02 hours 00 min
35  Christopher Elliott (GBR) LAURIC Mono-34 51 days 14 hours 33 min
36  Andrew Spedding (GBR) SUMMERSONG Mono-28 51 days 23 hours 05 min
37  David Blagden (GBR) WILLING GRIFFIN Mono-19 52 days 11 0hours 6 min
38  Teresa Remiszewska (POL) KOMODOR Mono-42 57 days 03 hours 18 min
39  Mike Richey (GBR) JESTER Mono-26 58 days 08 hours 18 min
40  Anne Michailof (FRA) PS Mono-30.5 59 days 06 hours 12 min
TLE  Richard Konkolski (CZE) NIKE Mono-22.5 60 days 13 hours 12 min
TLE  Martin Wills (GBR) CASPER Mono-31 63 days 22 hours 00 min
TLE  Peter Crowther (GBR) GOLDEN VANITY Mono-38 88 days
ABN  Bob Miller (GBR) MERSEA PEARL Mono-43 Boat Abandoned
RET  Carlo Mascheroni (ITA) CHICA BOBA Mono-41 -- RET --
RET  H.G. Mitchell (GBR) TULOA Mono-33 -- RET --
RET  Bill Howell (AUS) TAHITI BILL Cat-43 -- RET --
RET  Gerard Dikstra (NED) SECOND LIFE Mono-71 -- RET --
RET  Osca Debra (BEL) OLVA II Mono-46.5 -- RET --
RET  Sir Francis Chichester (GBR) GIPSY MOTH V Mono-57 -- RET --
RET  Murray Sayle (AUS) LADY OF FLEET Cat-41 -- RET --
RET  Bob Salmon (GBR) JUSTA LISTANG Mono-25 -- RET --
RET  Eugene Riguidel (FRA) ONYZ Mono-43 -- RET --
RET  Sqd. Ldr A. Barton (GBR) BRISTOL FASHION Mono-24.5 -- RET --
RET  Eduardo Guzzetti (ITA) NAMAR IV Mono-32.5 -- RET --

There were eleven retirements, and one boat was abandoned.

The OSTAR, 1976[edit]

1976 saw the biggest edition of the race, in all senses. 125 boats entered, and the 128-foot (39 m) Vendredi Treize returned as ITT Oceanic. However, the all-time size record for the race, and probably for any single-hander, was set by Alain Colas, sailing the 236-foot (72 m) four-masted schooner Club Mediterranée.[15] Although about the same overall length as HMS Victory (which had a crew of 820),[16] this modern boat was expressly designed for easy handling.

At the start of the race, during login, in it was discovered that one of the entrants, David Sandeman, was under age at 17 years and 176 days, which was 189 days or 6 months under the youngest age permitted at the time. He had entered "Sea Raider", a 35 ft monohull which had very carefully been equipped and prepared in Jersey, Channel Islands for this race. David was not allowed to officially start, but he crossed the line unofficially after the last boat had left. Halfway across the Atlantic a Russian trawler ran into him in the dark during a storm after being warned with a red spotlight. The Russian crew never saw him, but their ship damaged the starboard mast halyards, which required substantial work by the Russian crew to repair the boat sufficiently to allow it to continue. David Sandeman was later listed in the Guinness Book of Records as being the youngest person to single-handedly sail the Atlantic between Jersey, UK, and Rhode Island.

The race was organised into three classes: Jester (J): up to 38 ft (12 m); Gipsy Moth (G): 38 to 65 ft (20 m); and Penduick (P): over 65 ft, unlimited. Monohulls and multihulls were not segregated. It is notable that the second-placed boat overall was a trimaran of the smallest class, and perhaps even more so that third place went to a monohull from the same class.

Two major depressions hit the race and caused a record fifty retirements. Yvon Fauconnier and Jean-Yves Terlain, two of the top favorites, lost their boats due to structural failure and were rescued by the same Soviet cargo ship. Tony Bullimore was rescued by a passing ship after his boat caught fire. The race also suffered two fatalities, the first in its history. Englishman Mike Flanagan,[17] brother of renowned sculptor Barry Flanagan,[18] was lost overboard from Galloping Gael. A particularly sad story was that of Mike McMullen, whose wife Lizzie was electrocuted and killed while helping him to prepare Three Cheers for the race, just two days before the start. Believing that Lizzie would have wanted him to go on, he started the race, but was never seen again.

Colas in Club Mediterranée was plagued by halyard problems; although 330 miles (531 km) in the lead, he was forced to pull into Halifax, Nova Scotia to make repairs, and was penalised 10% of his elapsed time (58 hours) for accepting help, which dropped him from second to fifth place. The race went to Éric Tabarly, whose surprise win on the 73-foot (22 m) Pen Duick VI (his radio had broken down and no one knew of his whereabouts until he crossed the finish line) was his second; it was also the last win for a monohull.[4][19]

Clare Francis in Robertson's Golly (Ohlson 38) finished 13th and broke the women's single-handed transatlantic record by three days.

The top finishers (including the top three of each class):

Pos. Skipper Boat Name Class Boat Type Time
Class P
1  Éric Tabarly (FRA) Pen Duick VI P Mono-73 23 days 20 hours 12 min
2  Tom Grossman (USA) CAP 33 P Tri-53 26 days 08 hours 15 min
3  Alain Colas (FRA) CLUB MEDITERRANEE P Mono-236 Correct 26 days 13 hours 36 min
Elapsed 24 days 03 hours 36 min
ABN  Jean Yves Terlain (FRA) KRITER III P Cat-70 -- ABN --
RET  Yvon Fauconnier (FRA) ITT OCEANIC P Mono-128 -- RET --
RET  Michael Kane (USA) SPIRIT OF AMERICA P Tri-62 -- RET --
RET  Joel Charpentier (FRA) WILD ROCKET P Mono-63 -- RET --
Class G
1  Jean Claude Parisis (FRA) PETROUCHKA G Mono-47 27 days 00 hours 55 min
2  Jaques Timsit (FRA) ARAUNA IV G Mono-38 27 days 15 hours 32 min
3  Francis Stokes (USA) MOONSHINE G Mono-40 28 days 12 hours 46 min
4  Carlo Bianchi (ITA) VENILIA G Mono-54 29 days 00 hours 15 min
5  John de Trafford (GBR) QUEST G Tri-54 30 days 07 hours 30 min
6  Patrice Duma (FRA) SIRTEC G Mono-39 31 days 23 hours 09 min
7  Guy Hornett (GBR) OLD MOORE'S ALMANAC G Tri-42 32 days 02 hours 06 min
8  Bill Howell (AUS) TAHITI BILL G Cat-43 32 days 05 hours 19 min
9  Ernesto Raab (ITA) CARINA G Mono-41 33 days 01 hours 22 min
10  E. Everett-Smith (USA) WIND QUEST G Mono-40 34 days 08 hours 44 min
11  Edoardo Austoni (ITA) CHICO BOBA G Mono-41 37 days 06 hours 00 min
12  Jock McCleod (GBR) RON GLAS G Mono-47 38 days 17 hours 40 min
13  Juan Guiu (ESP) CRISAN G Mono-38 39 days 08 hours 15 min
14  Peter Crowther (GBR) GALWAY BLAZER G Mono-42 39 days 12 hours 57 min
15  Zbigniew Puchalski (POL) MIRANDA G Mono-38 42 days 13 hours 14 min
16  Michel Bourgeois (FRA) DRAGON G Mono-37.5 45 days 12 hours 45 min
17  Gerard Dijkstra (NED) BESTEVAER G Mono-54 49 days 07 hours 22 min
18  Eilco Kasemier (NED) BYLGIA G Mono-40 49 days 10 hours 34 min
MOB  Mike McMullen (GBR) THREE CHEERS G Tri-46 Sailor Lost at Sea
ABN  Tony Bullimore (GBR) TORIA G Tri-42 Abandoned boat due to fire
ABN  Pierre Fehlman (FRA) GAULOISE G Mono-57 Abandoned boat as sank
ABN  P. Szekely (FRA) NYARLATHOTEP G Mono-42 -- ABN --
RET  Kees Roemers (NED) BOLLEMAAT G Mono 45 -- RET --
RET  R.J. Ogle (GBR) JADE G Mono-51 -- RET --
RET  Jock Brazier (GBR) FLYING ANGEL G Mono-63 -- RET --
RET  Edoardo Guzzetti (ITA) NAMAR V G Mono-45 -- RET --
RET  Paolo Sciarretta (ITA) VALITALIA G Mono-42 -- RET --
RET  Gerard Frigout (FRA) PEN AR BED G Mono-40 -- RET --
RET  Doi Malingri di Bagnolo (ITA) CS & RB II G Mono-60 -- RET --
RET  Jean Claud Montesinos (FRA) KEEP CAP D'AGDE G Mono-53 -- RET --
RET  Mike Best (GBR) CRODA WAY G Tri-35 -- RET --
RET  C.H. Le Moing (FRA) PRONUPTIA G Mono-43 -- RET --
RET  Alain Marcel (FRA) DRAKKAR III G Mono-39 -- RET --
RET  Oscar Debra (BEL) VANESSA G Mono-43 -- RET --
RET  C.S.W. Ward (GBR) ALTERGO G Tri-39 -- RET --
Class J
1  Mike Birch (CAN) THE THIRD TURTLE J Tri-32 24 days 20 hours 39 min
2  Kazimierz Jaworski (POL) SPANIEL J Mono-38 24 days 23 hours 40 min
3  David Palmer (GBR) FT J Tri-35 27 days 07 hours 45 min
4  Walter Greene (USA) FRIENDS J Tri-30 27 days 10 hours 37 min
5  Alain Gabbay (FRA) OBJECTIF SUD 3 J Mono-38 28 days 09 hours 58 min
6  Clare Francis (GBR) ROBERTSON'S GOLLY J Mono-37.5 29 days 04 hours 22 min
7  Gustav Versluys (BEL) TYFOON V J Mono-34.5 29 days 21 hours 12 min
8=  Yves Anrys (BEL) PAWN OF NIEUPORT J Mono-30 30 days 15 hours 34 min
8=  Eugene Riguidel (FRA) NOVA J Tri-33 30 days 15 hours 34 min
10  Gilles Vaton (FRA) ACKEL FRANCE J Mono-38 31 days 03 hours 12 min
11  Daniel Pierre (FRA) LORCA J Mono-29.5 31 days 14 hours 45 min
12  Geoff Hales (GBR) WILD RIVAL J Mono-34 32 days 13 hours 48 min
13  Bernard Pallard (FRA) PETIT BRETON J Mono-33.5 32 days 19 hours 57 min
14  Folkmar Graf (GER) DADZTOY II J Mono-38 32 days 20 hours 55 min
15  Rome Ryott (GBR) ADHARA J Mono-33.5 33 days 02 hours 54 min
16  Pierre Riboulet (FRA) PIERRE J Mono-38 33 days 03 hours 39 min
17  Gerd Bucking (GER) HELENE III J Mono-35 33 days 08 hours 41 min
18  Richard Clifford (GBR) SHAMAAL II J Mono-25.5 33 days 12 hours 51 min
19  Burg Vennemans (NED) PYTHEAS J Mono-38 34 days 10 hours 10 min
20  Nicholas Clifton (GBR) AZULOA J Tri-32 35 days 03 hours 35 min
21  John Mansell (NZL) INNOVATOR OF MANA J Mono-28 35 days 12 hours 25 min
22  Philip Howells (GBR) FROMSTOCK FILIUS J Mono-28 35 days 16 hours 07 min
23  D. H. Clark (GBR) FREEMERLE J Mono-32 35 days 22 hours 50 min
24  Georgi Georgiev (BUL) KOR KAROLI J Mono-30 36 days 01 hours 50 min
25  Yves Olivaux (FRA) PATRIARCHE J Mono-33.5 36 days 05 hours 14 min
26  Ian Radford (GBR) JABULISIWE J Mono-28 38 days 08 hours 44 min
27  Lars Wallgren (SWE) SWEDLADY J Mono-27.5 36 days 11 hours 10 min
28  Ida Castiglioni (ITA) EVA J Mono-34.5 37 days 10 hours 20 min
29  Elie Labourgade (FRA) EVALOA J Mono-34 37 days 10 hours 24 min
30  Klaus Schrodt (GER) LILLIAM J Mono-29.5 37 days 21 hours 25 min
31  Rory Nugent (USA) EDITH J Tri-31 39 days 04 hours 30 min
32  Chris Butler (GBR) ACHILLES NEUF J Mono-30 39 days 06 hours 02 min
33  Richard Konkolski (CZE) NIKE J Mono 22.5 39 days 10 hours 49 min
34  James Young (GBR) ENGLISH ROSE J Mono 30 39 days 11 hours 29 min
35  David White (USA) CATAPHA J Mono-32 39 days 17 hours 15 min
36  H.G. Mitchell (GBR) TULOA J Mono-33 41 days 11 hours 59 min
37  Enrique Vidal Paz (ESP) CASTENUELA J Mono-34 42 days 10 hours 10 min
38  David Pyle (GBR) WESTWARD J Mono-30 42 days 10 hours 11 min
39  Wolfgang Wanders (GER) AMITIE J Mono-35 42 days 17 hours 30 min
40  Henk Jukkema (NED) HESPERIA J Mono-29.5 42 days 21 hours 18 min
41  Max Bourgeois (FRA) ACHILLE J Mono-33 43 days 08 hours 41 min
42  Corrado di Majo (ITA) TIKKA III J Mono-37 44 days 00 hours 37 min
43  David Sutcliffe (GBR) LADY ANNE OF ST DONATS J Mono-25.5 44 days 03 hours 47 min
44  Angelo Preden (ITA) CAIPIRINHA J Mono-30 44 days 04 hours 45 min
45  Stuart Woods (IRL) GOLDEN HARP J Mono-30 44 days 19 hours 14 min
46  Martin Wills (GBR) CASPER J Mono-31 44 days 21 hours 05 min
47  Richard Elliott (GBR) LAURIC J Mono-34 45 days 02 hours 29 min
48  Henry Pottle (GBR) JANINA J Mono-25 45 days 03 hours 12 min
49  David Cowper (GBR) AIREDALE J Mono-29.5 46 days 11 hours 17 min
50  Nigel Lang (GBR) GALADRIEL OF LOTHLORIEN J Mono-25.5 48 days 03 hours 10 min
51  Rodney Kendall (NZL) SONGEUR J Mono-24 49 days 05 hours 40 min
52  Bob Lengyel (USA) PRODIGAL J Mono-25 49 days 19 hours 30 min
MOB  Mike Flanagan (USA) GALLOPING GAEL J Mono-38 Sailor and Boat Lost at Sea
OUT  Rod White (GBR) BLUFF J Mono-26 -- OUT --
OUT  Peter Evans (GBR) MEINWEN J Mono-32 -- OUT --
OUT  Jean Ropert (FRA) BIGOUDEN BRISE J Mono-27.5 -- OUT --
OUT  Dr F. Sloan (GBR) BALLYCLAIRE J Mono-33.5 -- OUT --
OUT  Anthony Lush (USA) ONE HAND CLAPPING J Mono-28 -- OUT --
ABN  Dominique Berthier (FRA) 5100 J Mono-37 -- ABN --
RET  Heiko Krieger (GER) TINIE II J Mono-36 -- RET --
RET  Hans Schulte (GER) SILKE J Mono-25 -- RET --
RET  Mike Richey (GBR) JESTER J Mono-26 -- RET --
RET  Val Howells (GBR) UNIBRAS BRYTHON J Mono-38 -- RET --
RET  Ambrogio Fogar (ITA) SPIRIT OF SURPRISE J Cat-25 -- RET --
RET  Andre de Jong (NED) AQUARIUS J Mono-28 -- RET --
RET  John Christian (GBR) ET SOEKI J Mono-27 -- RET --
RET  Christian le Merrer (FRA) ACTEIA II J Mono-39 -- RET --
RET  Pierre Yves Charbonnier (FRA) KARATE J Mono-33 -- RET --
RET  Chris Smith (GBR) TUMULT J Mono-23 -- RET --
RET  Marc Linksy (FRA) OBJECTIF SUD I J Mono-38 -- RET --
RET  Angus Primrose (GBR) DEMON DEMO J Mono-33 -- RET --
RET  Patrick O'Donovan (IRL) SILMARIL J Tri-31 -- RET --
RET  Guy Cornou (FRA) KERVILOR J Mono-34 -- ABN --
RET  Paolo Mascheroni (ITA) PANDA 31 J Mono-32 -- RET --
RET  Mike Richardson (GBR) ARCTIC SKUA J Mono-31 -- RET --
RET  Andrew Bray (GBR) GILLYGALOO J Mono-32 -- RET --
RET  Colin Drummond (GBR) SLEUTH HOUND J Mono-32 -- RET --
RET  Aline Marchard (FRA) LOGO J Mono-38 -- RET --
RET  Guy Brunet (FRA) IRONIGUY J Mono-32 -- RET --
RET  Jonathan Virden (GBR) SHARAVOGE J Mono-25 -- RET --
RET  Simon Hunter (GBR) KYLIE J Mono-26 -- RET --
ABN  Yann Nedellec (FRA) OBJECTIF SUD 2 J Mono-38 -- ABN --
RET  Brian Start (CAN) TRUE NORTH J Mono-36 -- RET --

The 1/OSTAR, 1980[edit]

The 1980 race introduced a length limit of 56 feet overall, to curb the excesses of previous races. The class sizes were adjusted downwards: Jester (J): up to 32 ft (10 m); Gipsy Moth (G): 32 to 44 ft (13 m); Penduick (P): 44 to 56 ft (17 m). The new restrictions were unpopular with some sailors, particularly the French, many of whom opted to sail instead in the new Route du Rhum race.

The race was once again dominated by multihulls, with the top five places all taken by trimarans, and marked the end of even competition between monos and multis. Éric Tabarly was to compete, aboard the hydrofoil trimaran Paul Ricard, but was unable to enter due to injury. The race continued its history of innovation with the first use of the Argos satellite-based tracking system; this system allows boats to be tracked during the race, and can also be used to signal distress. The use of this system has now become a major feature of many ocean races, such as the Vendée Globe. The cost of the system was covered by introducing a new race sponsor, the radio station Europe 1, in conjunction with the Observer.

The winner was American Phil Weld, in only his second OSTAR, whose trimaran Moxie was custom built to the 56-foot (17 m) limit; he set a new course record of 18 days. Many were impressed by this popular sailor's win at the age of 65. The preponderance of larger boats, and particularly multihulls, left the smaller Jesters seriously outclassed; the highest-placed was Free Newspapers, sailed by John Chaundy, who finished in 29th place, with a time of 28 days.,[4][20][21] RWYC OSTAR Race Results - 1980

Dame Naomi James, who became the second lady to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly in 1977/78 was reunited with the Express Crusader (fitted out and renamed Kriter Lady) for the race. She was the first woman back and broke the women's speed record. Her husband Rob James also competed in that race, finishing twelfth in the trimaran Boatfile.

Pos. Skipper Boat !Class Time Ref.
Class
1  Philip Weld (USA) Moxie P Tri-51 17 days 23 hours 12 min
2  Nick Keig (GBR) THREE LEGS OF MANN III P Tri-53 18 days 06 hours 04 min
3  Mike Birch (CAN) OLYMPUS PHOTO P Tri-46 18 days 07 hours 15 min
4  Kazimierz Jaworski (POL) SPANIEL II P Mono-56 19 days 13 hours 25 min
5  Edoardo Austoni (ITA) CHICA BOBA P Mono-56 20 days 02 hours 30 min
6  Tom Grossman (USA) KRITER VII P Tri-56 21 days 08 hours 01 min
7  Olivier de Kersauson (FRA) KRITER VI P Mono-54 21 days 20 hours 30 min
8  Pierre Sicouri (ITA) GUIA FILA P Mono-44 22 days 02 hours 34 min
9  Bertie Reed (RSA) VOORTREKKER P Mono-49 23 days 12 hours 42 min
10  Eugene Riguidel (FRA) V.S.D. P Tri-52 24 days 01 hours 27 min
11  Jean Pierre Millet (FRA) OPEN SPACE P Mono-52 25 days 01 hours 05 min
12  Victor Sagi (ESP) GARUDA P Mono-48 25 days 08 hours 23 min
13  Naomi James (GBR) KRITER LADY P Mono-53 25 days 19 hours 12 min
14  Beppe Panada (ITA) MULAT P Mono-56 42 days 18 hours 20 min
15  Burg Veenemans (NED) PYTHEAS II P Mono-47 49 days 08 hours 16 min
RET  Eric Loizeau (FRA) GAULOISE IV P Mono-53 -- RET --
RET  J.C. Parisis (FRA) CHARLES HEIDSIECK II P Mono-48 -- RET --
RET  Michel Horeau (FRA) MAURICE LIDCHI P Tri-51 -- RET --
RET  Warren Luhrs (USA) TUESDAY'S CHILD P Mono-54 -- RET --
RET  Czeslaw Gogol-kiewicz (POL) RACZYNSKI II P Mono-56 -- RET --
Class
1  Philip Steggall (USA) JEANS FOSTER G Tri-38 18 days 06 hours 45 min
2  Walter Greene (USA) CHAUSSETTES OLYMPIA G Tri-35 18 days 17 hours 29 min
3  Daniel Gilard (FRA) BRITTANY FERRIES I G Mono-44 21 days 00 hours 09 min
4  Richard Konkolski (CZE) NIKE II G Mono 44 21 days 06 hours 21 min
5  Wolfgang Wanders (GER) STADT KREFELD G Mono-44 21 days 14 hours 22 min
6  Gustaf Versluys (BEL) TYPHOON VI G Mono-44 21 days 15 hours 01 min
7  Alain Labbe (FRA) HYDOFOLIE G Tri-42 21 days 15 hours 51 min
8  Robert James (GBR) BOATFILE G Tri-31 22 days 22 hours 55 min
9  Dennis Gliksman (FRA) FRANCE LOISIRS G Mono-44 23 days 10 hours 00 min
10  Philippe Fournier (FRA) HAUTE-NENDAZ G Mono-36.5 24 days 03 hours 05 min
11  Francis Stokes (USA) MOONSHINE G Mono-40 25 days 14 hours 07 min
12  Bill Homewood (USA) THE THIRD TURTLE G Tri-32 25 days 20 hours 13 min
13  Robert Bocinsky (USA) AMBERGRIS G Mono-37 26 days 00 hours 39 min
14  Jean-Jaques Jaouen (FRA) LES MENUIRES G Mono-44 26 days 15 hours 21 min
15  Jerzy Rakowicz (POL) SPANIEL G Mono-38 26 days 19 hours 29 min
16  William Doelger (USA) EDITH G Tri-31 28 days 04 hours 10 min
17  Uno Hylen (SWE) YOLDIA G Mono-37 28 days 05 hours 48 min
18  Desmond Hampton (GBR) WILD RIVAL G Mono-34 28 days 13 hours 44 min
19  John Charnley (GBR) ATLANTIC HARP G Mono-43 29 days 06 hours 21 min
20  John Oswald (GBR) MOONSHADOW BASILDON G Mono-37.5 30 days 15 hours 30 min
21  Oscar Debra (BEL) CRUMPY NUT G Mono-43 30 days 16 hours 32 min
22  Richard Clifford (GBR) WARRIOR SHAMAAL G Mono 35 30 days 16 hours 45 min
23  Kees Roemers (NED) BOLLEMAAT IV G Mono-44 30 days 21 hours 24 min
24  Angus Primrose (GBR) DEMON OF HAMBLE G Mono-33 30 days 23 hours 08 min
25   Roger Forkert (FRA) (USA) PARISIEN LIBERE G Tri 38 31 days 10 45 min
26  Guy Bernadin (FRA) RATSO II G Mono-38 31 days 11 hours 45 min
27  Don Clark (GBR) ABACUS G Mono-41.5 32 days 07 hours 17 min
18  Thomas Gochberg (USA) MISTRAL G Mono-41.5 32 days 18 hours 35 min
29  Nikolay Djambazov (BUL) TANGRA G Mono-36 34 days 10 hours 53 min
30  Wijtze van der Zee (NED) BLACK PEARL G Mono-41 35 days 11 hours 20 min
31  Jose Ugarte (ESP) NORTH WIND G Mono-39 36 days 06 hours 43 min
32  Paul Rodgers (GBR) CHRISTIAN SAUL G Tri-34 37 days 03 hours 11 min
33  Juin Guiu (ESP) CRISAN G Mono-38 38 days 14 hours 33 min
34  J. R. Verwoerd (NED) SEAGULL II G Mono-33 38 days 17 hours 00 min
35  Tom Ryan (USA) PEGGY G Tri-31 40 days 20 hours 16 min
36  Ernest Sonne (USA) ELBE G Mono-36 41 days 10 hours 45 min
37  John Beharrell (GBR) MISCIN G Mono-38 42 days 10 hours 00 min
OUT  Anthony Vassiliadis (GRE) OLD NAVY LIGHTS G Mono-34.5 -- OUT --
RET  Piet ter Laag (NED) LADY DONA G Mono-34 -- RET --
ABN  Jacques Timsit (FRA) MOTOROLA G Mono-38 -- ABN --
OUT  Hans Schulte (GER) SILKE G Mono-38 -- OUT --
ABN  Nicholas Clifton (GBR) FLEURY MICHON G Proa-42 -- ABN --
ABN  Theo Cockerell (GBR) ROUNDABOUT G Mono-36.5 -- ABN --
ABN  Peter Philips (GBR) LIVERY DOLE G Tri-35 -- ABN --
RET  Mac Smith (USA) SEA QUEST G Mono 39 -- RET --
ABN  Antonio Chioatto (ITA) MATTIA III G Tri-36 -- ABN --
RET  Judith Lawson (USA) SERTA PERFECT SLEEPER G Mono-32 -- RET --
Class
1  John Chaundy (GBR) FREE NEWSPAPERS J Mono-32 28 days 00 hours 56 min
2  lan Radford (GBR) JABULISIWE J Mono-28 30 days 14 hours 38 min
3  Henk Jukkema (NED) VICTORIA J Mono-31 30 days 18 hours 02 min
4  Chris Smith (GBR) SADLER BLUEJACKET J Mono-25 30 days 19 hours 20 min
5  Chris Butler (GBR) ACHILLEA J Mono-28 30 days 20 hours 49 min
6  James Kyle (USA) DREAM WEAVER J Mono-27 31 days 23 hours 05 min
7  Alain Veyron (FRA) CAT MARINE J Tri-28 32 days 02 hours 50 min
8  Luis Tonizzo (USA) EGRET J Mono-27 33 days 05 hours 25 min
9  Henk van de Weg (NED) TJISJE J Mono-29.5 36 days 22 hours 22 min
10  Wolfgang Quix (GER) JEANTEX J Mono-31 38 days 03 hours 02 min
11  Giampaola Venturin (ITA) CECCO J Mono-26 38 days 08 hours 55 min
12  Bob Lush (CAN) OLYMPUS SAILING J Mono-25 39 days 01 hours 46 min
13  Tony Lush (USA) ONE HAND CLAPPING J Mono-32 39 days 06 hours 56 min
14  Andre de Jong (NED) LA PELIGROSA J Mono-30.5 39 days 16 hours 55 min
15  Bon Lengyel (USA) PRODIGAL J Mono-25 40 days 06 hours 09 min
16  John Hunt (USA) CRYSTAL CATFISH J Mono-31 41 days 13 hours 18 min
17  Per Mustelin (FIN) MARE J Mono-30 43 days 03 hours 34 min
18  William Wallace (USA) NOVIA J Mono-30 44 days 10 hours 42 min
19  Martin Wills (GBR) CASPER J Mono-31 46 days 13 hours 52 min
DSQ  Jerry Cartwright (USA) LE FIRST J Mono-32 26 days 22 hours 55 min (DSQ)
ABN  Michael Richey (GBR) JESTER J Mono-26 -- OUT --
RET  Simon Hunter (GBR) JOMADA J Mono-30 -- RET --
RET  Bernard Pallard (FRA) BRITTANY FERRIES II J Mono-29.5 -- RET --

Canadian skippers Mike Birch and Bob Lush were the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary Singlehanders, released in 1982.[22]

The 1/OSTAR, 1984[edit]

The 1984 race saw the pace of technical innovation continue to accelerate. Custom-built trimarans were again the main force, but the monohulls also advanced, with the introduction of water ballast and other innovations. Some controversy over the size limitations in the previous race resulted in slightly larger classes, and the removal of restrictions on bow and stern overhangs; yachts were divided into five classes, but still with no distinction between monohulls and multihulls. Europe 1 continued to support the race, and Argos beacons were again used by all boats.

The first day of the race saw several dismastings in strong gales, and several skippers were awarded time for rescuing other racers. This resulted in an upset at the finish — Philippe Poupon, sailing the 56-foot (17 m) trimaran Fleury Michon VI, arrived first with a time of 16 days 12 hours, and went to bed thinking that he had won. But the race was awarded to Yvon Fauconnier, who finished 10 hours later but was given a 16-hour time allowance for rendering assistance to Philippe Jeantot, whose catamaran Credit Agricole had capsized. The winner among the monohulls was Warren Luhrs, in his 60-footer Thursday's Child.[4][23]

Pos. Skipper Boat Class Type Time Ref.
Class 1
1  Yvon Fauconnier (FRA) Umupro Jardin V I Tri-53 Corrected 16 days 06 hours 25 min
Elapsed 16 days 22 hours 25 min
2  Philippe Poupon (FRA) Fleury Michon I Tri-56 16 days 12 hours 25 min
3  Marc Pajot (FRA) Elf Aquitaine II I Cat-59 16 days 12 hours 48 min
4  Éric Tabarly (FRA) Paul Ricard I Tri-60 16 days 14 hours 21 min
5  Peter Philips (GBR) Travacrest Seaway I Tri-60 16 days 17 hours 23 min
6  Daniel Gilard (FRA) Nantes I Tri-60 16 days 17 hours 51 min
7  Bruno Peyron (FRA) L'Aiglon I Cat-60 16 days 20 hours 21 min
8  Francois Boucher (FRA) Ker Cadelac I Tri-50 16 days 21 hours 48 min
9  Warren Luhrs (USA) Thursday's Child I Mono-60 16 days 22 hours 27 min
10  Vincent Levy (FRA) KERMARINE I Tri-50 17 days 04 hours 28 min
11  John Martin (RSA) MAINSTAY VOORTREKKER I Mono-60 17 days 22 hours 02 min
12  Denis Gliksman (FRA) LESSIVE ST MARC I Tri-50 17 days 22 hours 17 min
13  Edoardo Austoni (ITA) CHICA BOBA III I Tri-60 19 days 10 hours 41 min
14  Jack Boye (USA) CARTERET SAVINGS I Tri-54 21 days 01 hours 50 min
15  Alain Petit-Etienne (FRA) REGION DE PICARDIE I Mono-60 21 days 08 hours 47 min
16  David White (USA) GLADIATOR I Mono-55 28 days 04 hours 38 min
RET  Florence Arthaud (FRA) Biotherm II I Tri-60 Damaged
RET  Geoff Houlgrave (GBR) Colt Cars GB I Tri-60 Dismasted
RET  Gilles Gahinet (FRA) 33 Export I Cat-60 Damaged
RET  Hugh McCoy (GBR) Fury I Cat-60 Damaged
RET June Clarke BATCHELORS SWEET PEA I Tri Pitchpoled 6hrs after start rescued by lifeboat
RET  Loïck Peyron (FRA) Lada Poch I Cat-54 Dismasted
RET  Michel Horeau (FRA) Marchés de France I Tri-50 Damaged
RET  Philippe Jeantot (FRA) Crédit Agricole I Cat-60 Capsized
RET  Patrick Morvan (FRA) Jet Services I Cat-60 Damaged
Class 2
1  Olivier Moussy (FRA) Region Centre II Tri-45 16 days 19 hours 16 min
2  Didier Munduteguy (FRA) COTE BASQUE II Tri 45 18 days 13 hours 34 min
3  Yves Le Cornec (FRA) IDENEK II Tri 42 18 days 13 49 min
4  Walter Greene (USA) SEBAGO II Mono-45 19 days 10 38 min
5  Patrice Carpentier (FRA) CENET II Cat-45 21 days 06 hours 02 min
6  Guy Bernadin (FRA) BISCUITS LU II Mono-44 21 days 18 hours 35 min
7  Jose Ugarte (ESP) ORION IRU II Mono-45 22 days 15 hours 53 min
8  Simon van Hagen (NED) BETELGEUZE II Mono-42 25 days 05 hours 50 min
9  Colin Laird (TRI) LA BALEINE II Mono-44 25 days 15 hours 29 min
10  Jerry Freeman (GBR) ABACUS II Mono-42 27 days 11 hours 11 min
11  Mac Smith (USA) QUAILO II Mono-44 29 days 23 hours 10 min
12  Goos Terschegget (NED) DE VOLHARDING II Mono-41 41 days 20 hours 20 min
RET  Eric Loizeau (FRA) Roger & Gallet II Tri-45 Damaged
RET  Frank Wood (GBR) Marsden II Tri-45 Dismasted
RET  Gustav Versluys (BEL) Tyfoon VI II Mono-44 Damaged
RET  Monique Brand (FRA) Alliance Kaypro II Mono-44 Dismasted
Class 3
1  Jack Petith (USA) DESTINATION St CROIX III Tri 38 18 days 12 hours 31 hours 1 min
2  Philippe Fournier (SUI) GESPAC III Cat 40 19 days 07 hours 50 min
3  Tony Bullimore (GBR) CITY OF BIRMINGHAM III Mono-40 19 days 22 hours 35 min
4  Kai Granholm (FIN) PATRICIA OF FINLAND III Mono-40 21 days 13 hours 04 min
5  Ian Radford (GBR) NTOMBIFUTI III Mono-40 22 days 16 hours 13 min
6  Qlivier Dardel (FRA) ALCATEL III Cat-37.5 24 days 13 hours 10 min
7  John Shaw (GBR) MS PATTY III Mono-40 24 days 14 hours 53 min
8  Wijtze van de Zee (NED) ROYAL LEERDAM III Mono-40 24 days 18 hours 05 min
9  Tom Donnelly (USA) LONE EAGLE III Mono-36 26 06 46 min
10  Alan Wynne Thomas (GBR) JEMIMA NICHOLAS III Mono-40 26 18 21 min
11  Alan Perkes (GBR) SHERPA BILL III Mono-36 27 11 50 min
12  Hans van Hest (NED) OLLE P2 III Mono-38.5 30 04 10 min
13  Spencer Langford (USA) SUMMER SALT III Mono-38 30 12 43 min
14  Robert Scott (USA) LANDS END III Mono-39.5 31 23 10 min
RET  Bob Menzies (AUS) Dancing Dolphin Mono-37 III Damaged
RET  June Clarke (GBR) Batchelors Sweet Pea Tri-40 III Capsized
Class 4
1  Luis Tonizzo (USA) CITY OF SLIDEL IV Mono-35 20 days 23 hours 40 min
2  Bill omewood (USA) BRITISH AIRWAYS II IV Mono-31 21 days 05 hours 34 min
3  Tony Lush (USA) SURVIVAL TECH GROUP IV Mono-35 22 days 02 hours 39 min
4  Jim Bates (USA) BIG SHOT IV Cat-35 22 days 18 hours 09 min
5  Alain Veyron (FRA) VINGT SUR VANNES IV Mono-35 23 days 13 hours 44 min
6  Bruno Fehrenbach (FRA) DOUCHE CHAMPION IV Mono-35 25 days 03 hours 53 min
7  Henk Jukkema (NED) LDS SAILER IV Mono-33 25 days 09 hours 12 min
8  Brian O'Donoghue (GBR) GAMBLE GOLD IV Mono-33 29 days 15 hours 55 min
9  Bertus Buys (NED) SEA-BERYL IV Mono-35 32 days 10 hours 09 min
10  John Howie (USA) FREE BIRD IV Mono-31.5 35 days 04 hours 33 min
11  Dick Hughes (NED) GLADYS IV Mono-34 39 days 06 hours 56 min
12  Timothy Hubbard (USA) JOHAN LLOYDE IV Mono-32 41 days 04 hours 30 min
13  Jack Coffey (IRL) MEG OF MUGLINS IV Mono-35 41 days 16 hours 30 min
14  John Hunt (USA) CRYSTAL CATFISH IV Mono-31.5 44 days 14 hours 22 min
RET  Andrede Jong (NED) La Peligrosa Mono-31 IV Damaged
RET  Bob Lengyel (USA) Prodigal Mono-34 IV Damaged
RET  Jacques Vuylsteker (FRA) Jeremi V Mono-35 IV Damaged
RET  John Mansell (NZL) Double Brown Cat-35 IV Damaged
RET  Karl Peterzen (SWE) Karpetz Mono-31.5 IV Damaged
RET  Rachel Hayward (GBR) Loiwing Mono-35 IV Aground
Class 5
1  Chris Butler (GBR) SWANSEA BAY V Mono-27 30 14 48
2  Michael Petrovsky (GBR) TIMPANI V Mono-30 30 23 58
3  David Ryan (USA) PHAGAWI V Mono-29 31 07 48
4  Albert Fournier (USA) EL TORERO V Mono-30 31 08 25
5  Jan van Donselaar (NED) SHAMROCK V Mono-30 32 15 20
6  Alan Armstrong (GBR) MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC V Mono-29.5 32 20 45
7  Lloyd Hircock (CAN) MOUSTACHE V Mono-29.5 35 15 57
8  Vassil Kurtev (BUL) NORD V Mono-25 40 16 38
RET  Bill Wallace (USA) Novia Mono-30 V Dismasted
RET  Chris Smith (GBR) Race Against Poverty Mono-30 V Damaged
RET  Douglas Parker (USA) Refugee Mono-27 V Retired
RET  David Duncombe (GBR) Go Kart M 29 V Damaged
RET  Geoff Hales (GBR) Quest for Charity C 29 V Damaged
RET  Henk van de Weg (NED) Tjisje Mono-29.5 V Damaged
RET  Michael Richey (GBR) Jester Mono-26 V Damaged
RET  Thomas Veyron (FRA) Rizla + Tri-30 V Dismasted

The CSTAR, 1988[edit]

With Carlsberg taking over as main sponsor, the Carlsberg Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race of 1988 saw 95 entrants, with custom-built multihulls again dominating. Favourable weather made ideal conditions for a fast pace, and indeed Philippe Poupon's winning time set a new race record of 10 days, 9 hours and 10 minutes. One of the main hazards of the race was damage by whales; Mike Birch's Fujicolor was damaged by a whale, forcing him to retire from the race; and David Sellings was forced to abandon Hyccup after she was sunk by an aggressive pod of whales. Mike Richey's original Jester, which had taken part in every edition of the race, was lost in heavy weather in the tail-end of the fleet.[4][6][24]

The top eleven finishers were all Class 1 multihulls. The top five were:

Pos. Skipper Boat Name Class Time Ref.
1  Philippe Poupon (FRA) Fleury Michon Tri-60(I) 10 days 09 hours 15 min
2  Olivier Moussy (FRA) Laiterie Mt St Michel Tri-60(I) 11 days 04 hours 17 min
3  Loïck Peyron (FRA) Lada Poch II Tri-60(I) 11 days 09 hours 02 min
4  Philip Steggall (USA) Sebago Tri-60(I) 11 days 09 hours 55 min
5  Bruno Peyron (FRA) VSD Cat-60 12 days 23 hours 20 min
6  Halvard Mabire (FRA) Gérard Hénon Trimaran 60 13 days 06 h 51 min
7  Florence Arthaud (FRA) Groupe Pierre 1er Trimaran 60 13 days 10 h 58 min
8  Jean Maurel (FRA) Elf Aquitaine III Trimaran 60 14 j 10 h 02 min
9  Tony Bullimor (GBR) Spirit of Apricot Trimaran 60 14 days 20 h 40 min 32 h 06 min
10  Pierre Sicouri (ITA) La nuova Sardegna Trimaran 60 15 days 17 h 34 min
11  Pascal Hérold (FRA) Dupon Duran Trimaran 60 16 days 12 h 39 min
12  Nic Bailey (USA) MTC Trimaran 40 16 days 17 h 03 min

The fastest monohull, UAP 1992, finished 13th. The top five monohulls:

Pos. Skipper Boat Class Time
1  Jean Yves Terlain (FRA) UAP 1992 Mono-60(I) 17 days 04 hours 05 min
2  John Martin (RSA) Allied Bank Mono-60(I) 17 days 08 hours 18 min
3  Jose Ugarte (ESP) Castrol Solo Mono-60(I) 17 days 21 hours 47 min
4  Titouan Lamazou (FRA) Ecureuil d'Aquitaine Mono-60(I) 18 days 07 hours 00 min
5  Courtney Hazelton (USA) Mariko Mono-45(III) 21 days 05 hours 44 min

The Europe 1 STAR, 1992[edit]

The Europe 1 Star of 1992 saw the fleet beset by a full range of hazards — storms, icebergs, trawlers, fog and whales hit boats on the northern route, before they were finally becalmed off Newfoundland. The monohulls managed the heavy conditions and crosswinds quite well, but the multis were plagued with capsizes and damage. Yves Parlier was the top monohull skipper in a new Open 60, setting a monohull record time of 14 days 16 hours.[4][25]

The top ten finishers included two monohulls:

Pos. Skipper Boat Name Class Time Ref.
1  Loïck Peyron (FRA) Fujicolor ORMA 60 11 days 01 hours 35 min
2  Paul vatine (FRA) Haute-Normandie ORMA 60 12 days 07 hours 49 min
3  Francis Joyon (FRA) Banque Populaire ORMA 60 12 days 09 hours 14 min
4  Hervé Laurent (FRA) Took Took ORMA 60 13 days 04 hours 01 min
5  Laurent Bourgnon (SUI) Primagaz ORMA 60 13 days 07 hours 40 min
6  Yves Parlier (FRA) Cacolac d'Aquitaine IMOCA 60 14 days 16 hours 01 min
7 FranceUnited States Etienne Giroire Up My Sleeve 40 ft Tri 16 days 06 hours 45 min
8  Mark Gatehouse (GBR) Queen Anne's Battery IMOCA 60 16 days 11 hours 30 min
9  Hervé Cléris (FRA) C L M 50 ft Tri 16 days 12 hours 17 min
10  Pascal Hérold (FRA) Dupon Duran 50 ft Tri 16 days 20 hours 16 min
11  Alan Wynne-Thomas (GBR) Cardiff Discovery IMOCA 60 17 days 06 h 17 min
12  Bertrand de Broc (FRA) Groupe LG IMOCA 60 17 days 07 hours 17 min
13  Nigel Burgess (GBR) Dogwatch II IMOCA 60 17 days 15 hours 59 min
14  Richard Tolkien (GBR) Enif Morgan Grenfell IMOCA 60 17 days 16 hours 40 min
19  José de Ugarte (ESP) Euzkadi Europa 93 IMOCA 60 18 days 07 hours 19 min
23  Vittorio Malingri (ITA) Moana 60 IMOCA 60 20 days 10 hours 10 min

The Europe 1 STAR, 1996[edit]

Loïck Peyron, on the same trimaran Fujicolor II, for the 1996 edition of the race; and he led at the start, passing the Eddystone lighthouse at 28 knots (52 km/h). However, Francis Joyon dominated the race, and 600 miles (970 km) from the finish seemed set to win, at which point he was 24 hours ahead of his nearest rival; but his trimaran Banque Populaire was capsized by a gust off Nova Scotia, leaving the race to Peyron.

Peyron's time of 10 days, 10 hours and 5 minutes, was just 50 minutes short of the course record. Peyron was the first person to win two successive editions of the race, and only the second to win twice. Gerry Roufs won the monohull division, sailing the 60-foot (18 m) Groupe LG2. Italian Giovanni Soldini won the 50-foot (15 m) monohull class, in Telecom Italia.[4][6][26]

Only three multihulls overcame the conditions to make the top ten finishers:

Overall Results[27][28]
Pos. Skipper Class Type Boat Name Time Ref.
Class I
1  Loïck Peyron (FRA) I ORMA 60 Fujicolor II 10 days 10 hours 05 min
2  Paul Vatine (FRA) I ORMA 60 Region Haute Normandie 10 days 13 hours 05 min
3  Mike Birch (CAN) I ORMA 60 Biscuits la Trinitaine 14 days 12 hours 55 min
4  Gerry Roufs (CAN) I IMOCA 60 Groupe LG 2 15 days 14 hours 50 min
5  Josh Hall (GBR) I IMOCA 60 Gartmore Investments 16 days 15 hours 56 min
6  Vittorio Malingri (ITA) I IMOCA 60 Anicaflash 16 days 19 hours 24 min
7  Hervé Laurent (FRA) I IMOCA 60 Groupe LG1 17 days 00 hours 55 min
8  Eric Dumont (FRA) I IMOCA 60 Café Legal le Gout 17 days 01 hours 11 min
9  Catherine Chabaud (FRA) I IMOCA 60 Whirlpool-Vital-Europe 2 17 days 06 hours 43 min
10  Alan Wynne Thomas (GBR) I IMOCA 60 Elan Sifo 18 days 18 hours 14 min
11  Dirk Gunst (BEL) I Mono-57 Tomidi 19 days 19 hours 45 min
RET  Laurent Bourgnon (FRA) I ORMA 60 Primagaz Capsized
RET  Francis Joyon (FRA) I ORMA 60 Banque Populaire Capsized
RET  Yves Parlier (FRA) I IMOCA 60 Aquitaine Innovations Dismasted
Class II
1  Giovanni Soldini (ITA) II IMOCA 50 Telecom Italia 15 days 18 hours 29 min
2  Pete Goss (FRA) II IMOCA 50 Aqua Quorum 17 days 08 hours 08 min
3  Hervé Cléris (FRA) II 50 ft Tri CLM 17 days 10 hours 10 min
4  Niah Vaughan (GBR) II Mono-50 Jimroda II 19 days 22 hours 57 min
5  Wolfgang Quix (GER) II Mono-50 Wolfie's Toy 20 days 01 hours 45 min
6  Michel André (FRA) II Mono-46 Dix de Lyon 24 days 03 hours 47 min
7  Alain Pelletier (FRA) II Mono-48 Oiseau de la Pluie 30 days 09 hours 22 min
Class III
1  Alan Brutger (GBR) III Mono-45 Mountain Sky Magic 19 days 14 hours 22 min
2  Simone Bianchetti (ITA) III Mono-45 Merit Cup 20 days 21 hours 35 min
3  Phil Rubright (FRA) III Mono-44 Shamwari 22 days 13 hours 17 min
4  Renaud le Youdec (FRA) III Mono-40 Kiss me Quick 27 days 08 hours 00 min
ABN  Peter Crowther (GBR) III Mono-42 Galway Blazer Sank
RET  George Stricker (USA) III Mono-45 Rapscallion Retired
Class IV
1  Trevor Leek (FRA) IV 40 ft Tri Mollymawk 17 days 09 hours 44 min
2  Jacques Bouchacourt (FRA) IV Mono-40 New Yorker 20 days 00 hours 23 min
3  Desmond Hampton (GBR) IV Mono-40 Roc 22 days 00 hours 30 min
4  Neal Petersen (RSA) IV Mono-40 Protect our Sealife 25 days 09 hours 33 min
5  Graham Harrison (GBR) IV Mono-38 Cyclone 25 days 19 hours 45 min
6  David Evans (USA) IV Mono-40 Ratso 30 days 00 hours 52 min
7  Bertus Buys (NED) IV Mono-40 Sea Beryl 30 days 04 hours 42 min
8  Carole Newman (GBR) IV Mono-39 Independent Freedom 32 days 02 hours 50 min
9  Alex Eckhardt (NED) IV Mono-36 Taurus 38 days 16 hours 31 min
RET  Michael Dunkerly (GBR) IV Mono-40 Mother Goose Retired
RET  Michel Jaheny (FRA) IV Mono-40 Chivas 3 Retired
RET  Jens Als Andersen (DEN) IV Mono-40 Fenris Damaged
RET  Karl Brinkmann (GER) IV Mono-40 Fritzzz Retired
Class V
1  Mary Falk (GBR) V Mono-35 QII 19 days 22 hours 57 min
RET  Brian Coad (IRL) V Mono-34 Raasay of Melfort Retired
RET  Daniel Verger (FRA) V Ol'Goud Dismasted
RET  Franco Malingri (ITA) V Tri-33 Star Trek Retired
RET  Johannes van de Wijgerd (NED) V Mono-31 Off Course Retired
Class VI
1  Michel Kleinjans (BEL) VI Mono-30 P M Charles 20 days 14 hours 58 min
2  David Scully (USA) VI Mono-30 Hot Glue Gun 21 days 12 hours 07 min
3  Fabrizio Tellarini (ITA) VI Mono-30 Megaptera 21 days 23 hours 20 min
4  Franco Manzoli (ITA) VI Mono-30 Golfo Tigullio 22 days 01 hours 30 min
5  Bob Beggs (GBR) VI Cat-26 Clarks Active Air 24 days 15 hours 05 min
6  Ronny Nollet (BEL) VI Mono-29.5 Luneborg 25 days 10 hours 05 min
7  Jacques Crochemore (FRA) VI Mono-28 Senseï 27 days 21 hours 59 min
8  Derek Hatfield (CAN) VI Mono-30 Gizmo 28 days 11 hours 20 min
9  Datcho Datchev (GBR) VI Mono-30 Chance 43 days 13 hours 00 min
10  Mike Richey (GBR) VI Mono-25 Jester 56 days 10 hours 54 min
RET  Gianfranco Tortolani (ITA) VI Mono-30 Città di Salerno Retired
RET  Herbert Uphues (GER) VI Mono-29 Tramp VI Retired
RET  Sherman Wright (USA) VI Mono-27 Andromeda Retired

The Europe 1 New Man STAR, 2000[edit]

With sponsorship from Europe 1 and New Man, a French sportswear manufacturer, the fortieth anniversary edition of the OSTAR was run under the title Europe 1 New Man STAR.[29]

A surprising total of 24 Open 60 monohulls entered the race; most of these were using the event as a qualifying run for the 2000-2001 Vendée Globe starting later in the year. One of these was the youngest racer in the fleet at age 23, Ellen MacArthur in her new Owen-Clarke designed Open 60 Kingfisher; she beat the big names to become the surprise winner of the monohull division, and the youngest ever winner of the race. The overall winner was Francis Joyon, in his trimaran Eure et Loir.[4][30][31][32]

Pos. Skipper Boat Time Ref.
ORMA 60 Multihulls
1  Francis Joyon (FRA) Eure et Loir 9 days 23 hours 21 min
2  Marc Guillemot (FRA) Biscuits la Trinitaine 10 days 1 hours 59 min
3  Franck Cammas (FRA) Groupama 10 days 2 hours 40 min
4  Alain Gautier (FRA) Foncia 10 days 8 hours 37 min
5  Jean-Luc Nelias (FRA) Belgacom 10 days 19 hours 35 min
6  Yvan Bourgnon (SUI) Bayer en France 16 days 6 hours 21 min
7  Lalou Roucayrol (FRA) Banque Populaire retired - lost a hull
IMOCA 60 Monohulls
1  Ellen MacArthur (GBR) Kingfisher 14 days 23 hours 01 min
2  Roland Jourdain (FRA) Sill Beurre le Gall 15 days 13 hours 38 min
3  Mike Golding (GBR) Team Group 4 15 days 14 hours 50 min
4  Thierry Dubois (FRA) Solidaires 15 days 15 hours 33 min
5  Giovanni Soldini (ITA) Fila 16 days 04 hours 10 min
6  Catherine Chabaud (FRA) Whirlpool 16 days 10 hours 19 min
7  Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) PRB 16 days 15 hours 51 min
8  Marc Thiercelin (FRA) Active Wear 17 days 15 hours 44 min
9  Dominique Wavre (SUI) Union Bancaire Privee 17 days 17 hours 02 min
10  Joe Seeten (FRA) Nord Pas de Calais 18 days 02 hours 22 min
11  Xavier Lecoeur (FRA) GEB 19 days 13 hours 03 min
12  Didier Munduteguy (FRA) DDP 60me Sud 21 days 07 hours 18 min
13  Patrick Favre (FRA) Adrenalines 31 days 05 hours 19 min
DNF  Yves Parlier (FRA) Aquitaine Innovations retired - dismasted
DNF  Thomas Coville (FRA) Sodebo Savourons la Vie retired - dismasted
DNF  Eric Dumont (FRA) Services Euroka retired - dismasted
DNF  Dirk Gunst (BEL) Tomidi retired - autopilot failure
DNF  Richard Tolkien (GBR) This Time retired - sail damage
DNF  Bruce Burgess (GBR) Hawaiian Express retired for personal reasons

Faraday Mill OSTAR 2005[edit]

The 2005 event was the first held for smaller boats, again under the name OSTAR, sponsored by Faraday Mill.

35 boats took part with 16 forced to retire. Franco Mozoli won the race in Cotonella, taking 17 days and 21 hours to finish. The 2005 race featured the first single-handed, trans-atlantic crossing by a profoundly deaf person: Gerry Hughes.[33]

Skipper Boat Time
Trimarans
Italy Franco Manzoli Cotonella 17 days 21 hours 41 min
France Roger Langevin Branec IV 18 days 06 hours 7 min
France Pierre Antoine Spirit 18 days 08 hours 43 min
Netherlands Leon Bart Houd van Hout 25 days 16 hours 45 min
United Kingdom Aurelia Ditton Shockwave 27 days 09 hours 19 min
France Anne Caseneuve Acanthe Ingeniere retired - injured knee
FranceUnited States Etienne Giroire Up My Sleeve retired
United Kingdom Ross Hobson Mollymawk retired - broken daggerboard
Monohulls
United Kingdom Steve White Olympian Challenger 20 days 05 hours 24 min
Canada Yves Lepine Atlantix Express 21 days 04 hours 40 min
Netherlands Nico Budel Hayai 21 days 18 hours 17 min
United States Philip Rubright Echo Zulu 23 days 22 hours 50 min
France Lionel Regnier Trois Mille Sabords 25 days 23 hours 48 min
United Kingdom Mervyn Wheatley Tamarind 26 days 02 hours 48 min
United Kingdom Peter Keig Zeal 27 days 11 hours 31 min
United Kingdom Stephen Gratton Amelie of Dart 30 days 4 hours 32 min
United Kingdom Richard Hatton Chimp 30 days 18 hours 7 min
Netherlands Huib Swets Vijaya 32 days 5 hours 4 min
United Kingdom Gerry Hughes Quest II 34 days 4 hours 15 min
United Kingdom Paul Heiney Ayesha of St Mawes 35 days 14 hours 19 min
Netherlands Groot Cees Reality 41 days 16 hours 15 min
United Kingdom Tony Waldeck Adrienne May retired - broken mainsail luff cars
France Michel Jaheny Chivas III retired
 Patrice Carpentier (FRA) VM Materiaux retired
Netherlands Bart Boosman De Franschman retired - broken shroud
 Hannah White (GBR) Spirit of Canada retired - broken autopilot
United Kingdom Peter Crowther Suomi Kudu retired - broken forestay
Belgium Michel Kleinjans Roaring Forty retired - bulkhead problems
Netherlands Pieter Ardiaans Robosail retired - boom, vang problems
Belgium Ronny Nollet La Promesse retired - previous back injury
France Pierre Chatelin Destination Calais retired - problems with boat
Netherlands Bertus Buys Sea Beryl retired - mainsail damage
Netherlands Bram Van De Loosdrecht Octavus retired - dismasted
France Jacques Dewez Blue Shadow retired - damaged at start

OSTAR 2009[edit]

The 2009 OSTAR started on 25 May 2009. The skipper's blogs were published on www.blogstar.org.uk

Skipper Boat Elapsed Time
NetherlandsJanKees Lampe LA PROMESSE 17 days 17 hours 40 min
United KingdomRob Craigie Jbellino 19 days 00 hours 10 min
ItalyRoberto Westerman Spinning Wheel 19 days 03 hours 14 min
United KingdomHannah White Pure Solo 20 days 00 hours 22 min
Republic of IrelandBarry Hurley Dinah 20 days 22 hours 35 min
ItalyLuca Zoccoli In Direzione Ostinata e Contraria 20 days 22 hours 39 min
United KingdomJerry Freeman QII 21 days 02 hours 49 min
United KingdomOscar Mead King of Shaves 21 days 12 hours 24 min
United KingdomKatie Miller BluQube 21 days 18 hours 53 min
GermanyUwe Rottgering Fanfan! 21 days 22 hours 42 min
ItalyMarco Nannini British Beagle 21 days 23 hours 44 min
NetherlandsHuib Swets Vijaya 22 days 03 hours 41 min
NetherlandsDick Koopmans Jager 22 days 04 hours 35 min
NetherlandsBard Boosman De Franschman 22 days 21 hours 04 min
United KingdomWill Sayer Elmarleen 23 days 01 hours 30 min
United KingdomPip Hildesley Cazenove Capital 23 days 14 hours 05 min
FranceChristian Chalandre Olbia 24 days 09 hours 06 min
United KingdomJohn Falla Banjaard 24 days 20 hours 55 min
United KingdomMichael Collins Flamingo Lady 27 days 05 hours 31 min
United KingdomAndrew Petty Jemima Nicholas 28 days 15 hours 57 min
United KingdomPeter Crowther Suomi Kudu 29 days 02 hours 15 min
United StatesPeter Bourke Rubicon 39 days 07 hours 56 min
United KingdomGeoff Alcorn Wind of Lorne II over time limit
United KingdomMervyn Wheatley Tamarin retired
FranceJacques Bouchacourt Okami retired
United KingdomRob Cumming Egotripp retired
ItalyGianfranco Tortolani Città di Salerno retired
United KingdomPaul Brant Ninjod retired
United KingdomJonathan Snodgrass Lexia retired
FranceAnne Caseneuve Croisières Anne Caseneuve retired
AustriaReini Gelder Light For The World retired

[34]

OSTAR 2013[edit]

The 2013 OSTAR started on 27 May 2013.

Results[35][36]
Skipper Boat Time Elapsed Time Corrected
Multihull Class
France Roger Langevin Branec VI 18d 05 49 25 19 31
Poland Joanna Pajkowska Cabrio 2 27d 23 53 28 20 02
Gypsy Moth Class
United Kingdom Richard Lett Pathway to Children 22d 06 13 22 22 47
Italy Andrea Mura Vento Di Sardegna 17d 11 12 23d 09 19
Netherlands Jac Sandberg Spirit 22d 21 10 24d 06 07
Netherlands Nico Budel sec. Hayai 21d 17 02 27d 00 10
Switzerland Ralph Villiger Ntombifuti 36d 08 12 37d 12 59
Jester Class
United States Jonathan Green Jeroboam 23d 07 16 22d 04:25
United Kingdom Charles Emmett British Beagle 28d 01 30 26d 05:03
Poland Krystian Szypka Sunrise 28d 13 30 27d 21:44
United Kingdom Mervyn Wheatley Tamarind 30d 04 59 28d 02:14
United Kingdom Pether Crowther Suomi Kudu 30d 14 13 28 19 38
Eira Class
United Kingdom Geoff Alcorn Wind of Lorne II 58d 08 20 50 00 05

OSTAR 2017[edit]

Results[37]
SKIPPER YACHT TYPE / LOA . CLASS H/CAP ELAPSED TIME CORRECTD TIME Pos.
 Conor Fogerty (IRL) Bam M 36 GM 1.037 21 02 45 21 21 30 1
 Andrea Mura (ITA) Vento di Sardegna M 50 GM 1.411 17 04 06 24 05 28 2
 Mark Hipgrave (AUS) Mister Lucky M 36 GM 1.036 24 17 20 25 14 42 3
 Christian Chalandre (FRA) Olbia M 34 J 0.896 32 14 09 29 04 49 4
 Neil Payter (GBR) Solent I M 33 J 0.904 35 05 09 31 20 01 5
 Christophe Dietsch (FRA) Breizh Cola M 35 Retired
 Keith Walton (GBR) Harmonii M 49 GM 1.022 Retired
 Michele Zambelli (ITA) Illumia 12 M 31 GM 1.096 Abandon
 Lionel Regnier (FRA) One And All M 36 Retired
 Andrzej Kopytko (POL) Opole M 37 J 0.961 Retired
 David Southwood (GBR) Summerbird M 40 J 0.913 Retired
 Peter Crowther (GBR) Suomi Kudu M 38 J 0.945 Retired
 Mervyn Wheatley (GBR) Tamarind M 42 J 0.940 Sank
 Ricardo Diniz (POR) Taylor 325 M 60 GM 1.362 Retired
 Kass Schmitt (USA) Zest M 36 J 0.996 Retired

OSTAR 2021[edit]

The English Transat[edit]

After the 2000 event, the RWYC decided to split the race into two separate events. So in 2004 professional edition of the race featured a new title The Transat

The Transat, 2004[edit]

The 2004 professional edition of the race featured a new title — The Transat — and a new finish, at Boston, Massachusetts. 37 boats entered, in four classes: ORMA 50 and 60-foot (18 m) multihulls; and IMOCA 50 and 60-foot (18 m) monohulls. Despite stormy conditions, all four classes of boats broke records; seven of the Open 60 monohulls broke the previous monohull record. Of the first four IMOCA Open 60's, Ecover, Pindar AlphaGraphics and Skandia (ex Kingfisher) were all designed by the British designers, Owen Clarke Design. This office also designed the first IMOCA 50, Artforms, which broke the 'Class 2' record. Several boats suffered damage, however.[7]

Pos. Skipper Boat Time Ref.
ORMA 60 Multihulls
1  Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) Geant 8 days 08 hours 29 min
2  Thomas Coville (FRA) Sodebo 8 days 10 hours 38 min
3  Franck Cammas (FRA) Groupama 8 days 14 hours 16 min
4  Alain Gautier (FRA) Foncia 9 days 07 hours 05 min
5  Karine Fauconnier (FRA) Sergio Tacchini 9 days 12 hours 36 min
6  Lalou Roucayrol (FRA) Banque Populaire 9 days 14 hours 05 min
7  Giovanni Soldini (ITA) TIM Progetto Italia 10 days 06 hours 26 min
8  Philippe Monnet (FRA) Sopra 10 days 09 hours 28 min
9  Fred Le Peutrec (FRA) Gitana XI 11 days 09 hours 20 min
10  Steve Ravussin (SUI) Banque Covefi 12 days 04 hours 27 min
11  Yves Parlier (FRA) Mediatis Region Aquitaine 13 days 07 hours 11 min
RET  Marc Guillemot (FRA) Gitana X retired - broken centerboard
IMOCA 60 Monohulls
1  Mike Golding (GBR) Ecover 12 days 15 hours 18 min
2  Dominique Wavre (SUI) Temenos 12 days 18 hours 22 min
3  Mike Sanderson (NZL) Pindar Alphagraphics 12 days 20 hours 54 min
4  Nick Moloney (AUS) Skandia 13 days 09 hours 13 min
5  Conrad Humphreys (GBR) Hellomoto 13 days 20 hours 24 min
6  Marc Thiercelin (FRA) Pro-Form 14 days 01 hours 41 min
7  Hervé Laurent (FRA) UUDS 14 days 03 hours 58 min
8  Sebastien Josse (FRA) VMI 14 days 10 hours 02 min (corrected)
9  Karen Leibovici (FRA) Atlantica-Charente Maritime 17 days 17 hours 12 min
10  Norbert Sedlacek (AUT) Austria One 17 days 18 hours 35 min
11  Charles Hedrich (FRA) Objectif 3 18 days 04 hours 12 min
12  Anne Liardet (FRA) Quicksilver 19 days 14 hours 27 min
RET  Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) Virbac retired - dismasted
RET  Vincent Riou (FRA) PRB dismasted
RET  Bernard Stamm (SUI) Cheminees Poujoulat Armour Lux capsized
ORMA 50 Multihulls
1  Éric Bruneel (FRA) Trilogic 14 days 01 hours 23 min
2  Rich Wilson (USA) Great American II 15 days 00 hours 19 min
3  Dominique Demachy (FRA) Gify 15 days 13 hours 13 min
4  Etienne Hochede (FRA) PiR2 19 days 13 hours 45 min
RET  Franck-Yves Escoffier (FRA) Crepes Whaou! retired - broke daggerboard
RET  Mike Birch (CAN) Nootka retired - broken autopilot
IMOCA 50 Monohulls
1  Kip Stone (USA) Artforms 15 days 05 hours 20 min
2  Joe Harris (USA) Wells Fargo 16 days 14 hours 21 min
3  Jacques Bouchacourt (FRA) Okami 17 days 23 hours 17 min
DNF  Roger Langevin (FRA) Branec III over time limit

The Artemis Transat, 2008[edit]

The 2008 Transat race was named after its sponsor, Artemis. On Thursday 15 May, Frenchman Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia) had to retire from the race after a collision with a whale. Sebastien Josse (BT), who was leading, had to retire owing to damage to the mainsail carriage on Saturday 17 May, leaving Vincent Riou (PRB) take the lead on the Sunday morning. Loïck Peyron, on Gitana Eighty, caught up with Vincent Riou, who had to abandon the race due to serious keel damage after a collision with a basking shark on the night of Monday 12 / Tuesday 13 May. The race jury decided to grant two and a half hours of bonus time to Loïck Peyron after he rescued Vincent Riou. Starting on 11 May from Plymouth, Peyron spent 12 days, 11 hours, 15 minutes and 35 seconds (not including the time bonus) to cover the 2,992 miles of the race (averaging 8.7 knots), thus improving previous record of 12 days, 15 hours, 18 minutes and 8 seconds, which was held by Mike Golding (Ecover).

Position Skipper Boat Time
IMOCA 60 Monohulls
1 Med 1.png  Loïck Peyron (FRA) Gitana Eighty 12 days 08 hrs 45 min
2 Med 2.png  Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA) Brit Air 12 days 12 hrs 28 min 40 s
3 Med 3.png  Yann Eliès (FRA) Generali 13 days 14 hrs 30 min 22 s
4  Marc Guillemot (FRA) Safran 14 days 21 hrs 18 min 47 s
5  Samantha Davies (GBR) Roxy 15 days 10 hrs 00 min 51 s
6  Yannick Bestaven (FRA) Cervin EnR 15 days 14 hrs 31 min 17 s
7  Arnaud Boissières (FRA) Akena Verandas 15 days 16 hrs 00 min 03 s
8  Dee Caffari (GBR) Aviva 16 days 02 hrs 05 min 34 s
9  Steve White (GBR) Spirit Of Weymouth 16 days 15 hrs 04 min 54 s
Ab  Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) Foncia retired - broken skeg
Ab  Sébastien Josse (FRA) BT retired - sail damage
Ab  Vincent Riou (FRA) PRB retired - broken keel
Ab  Unai Basurko (ESP) Pakea Bizkaia
Class40 Monohulls
1  Giovanni Soldini (ITA) Telecom Italia 16 days 22 h 11 min 27 s
2  Boris Herrmann (GER) Beluga Racer 17 days 12 h 09 min 47 s
3  Thierry Bouchard (FRA) Mistral Loisirs - Pole Santé ELIOR 17 days 21 h 42 min 57 s
4  Louis Duc (FRA) Groupe Royer 18 days 02 hrs 51 min 15 s
5  Halvard Mabire (FRA) Custo Pol 18 days 03 hrs 05 min 7 s
6  Alex Bennett (GBR) Fujifilm 18 days 05 hrs 53 min 2 s
7  Miranda Merron (GBR) 40 Degrees 18 days 19 hrs 19 min 34 s
8  Benoit Parnaudeau (FRA) Prévoir Vie 18 days 21 hrs 21 min 02 s
9  Christophe Coatnoan (FRA) Groupe Partouche 19 days 00 hrs 28 min 20 s
10  Simon Clarkes (GBR) Clarke Offshore Racing 19 days 06 hrs 15 min 36 s
RET  Yvon Noblet (FRA) Appart City

The Transat Bakerly 2016[edit]

Pos. Skipper Boat Time Ref.
IMOCA 60 Monohulls
1  Armel Le Cléac'h (FRA) Banque Populaire VIII 12d 02h 28m 39s [38][39]
2  Vincent Riou (FRA) PRB (4) [38]
3  Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) St.Michel-Virbac [38]
4  Paul Meilhat (FRA) SMA [38]
DNF  Sebastien Josse (FRA) Edmond De Rothschild [38]
DNF  Richard Tolkien (FRA) 88 Abandons Boat[40] [38]
Class40 Monohulls
1  Thibaut Vauchel-Camus (FRA) No.137 - Solidaires en peloton ARSEP 17 days 12 hrs 42 mins 56 secs [41][39]
2  Louis Duc (FRA) No.65 - CARAC [41]
3  Phil Sharp (GBR) No.130 - IMERYS [41]
4  Edouard Golbery (FRA) No.135 - NORMANDIE [41]
5  Robin Marais (FRA) No. 81 - ESPRIT SCOUT [41]
6  Anna-Maria Renken (FRA) No.138 NIVEA [41]
7  Hiroshi Kitada (FRA) No. 146 KIHO [41]
DNF  Maxime Sorel (FRA) No.144 - VANDB [41]
DNF  Isabelle Joschke (FRA) No. 131 - GENERALI-HORIZON MIXITE [41]
DNF  Armel Tripon (FRA) No. 134 - BLACKPEPPER [41]
Ultime Multihull
1  François Gabart (FRA) MACIF 8 day 8 hrs 54 min 39 secs [41][39]
2  Thomas Coville (FRA) SODEBO [41]
3  Yves Le Blevec (FRA) Actual [41]
Multi 50
1  Gilles Lamiré (FRA) La French Tech Rennes Saint-Malo 12 days 7 hrs 51 min 17 secs [41]
2  Lalou Roucayrol (FRA) [41]
3  Pierre Antoine (FRA) [41]
4  Erik Nigon (FRA) [41]
DNF  Erwan Le Roux (FRA) [41]

The Transat CIC 2020[edit]

Cancelled due to COVID 19.

The Transat CIC 2021[edit]

References[edit]

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