International Interest Building in OSTAR 2017
The Royal Western Yacht Club’s Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race, established as the OSTAR in 1960, has attracted strong international interest. The event which is the ultimate 3000 mile Corinthian challenge across the North Atlantic has already received confirmed entries from Australia, USA, Italy, Ireland, France, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, Holland and the UK.
The race which starts with its sister event the TWOSTAR at midday on Monday 29th May 2017 will be the culmination of a weekend of historical maritime activity. On Sunday 28th May Plymouth will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sir Francis Chichester’s return in 1967 from his epic Round the World voyage when he was greeted by over 200,000 people on Plymouth Hoe. Celebratory events are planned with a GIPSY MOTH arrival re-enactment followed by a Tiger Moth air display. A strong link exists between Sir Francis, who was knighted for his exploits at Greenwich, and the RWYC. He won the first OSTAR in 1960 and was the Commodore of the Club in 1972.
Newport R.I, of Americas Cup fame and historic host finish port, has once again confirmed sponsorship of the event in the USA. They look forward to welcoming the Line Honours winner expected around 17 days at sea.
Entries for both the OSTAR and TWOSTAR close on 31st March 2017.