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Welcome to The RWYC Transatlantic Event 2020 – OSTAR & TWOSTAR
The Royal Western Yacht Club is pleased to announce that the next editions of the Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Twohanded Transatlantic Race (TwoSTAR) will be run in 2020 leaving Plymouth for Newport, Rhode Island, on 25 May 2020.
The races have been brought forward a year (just three years on from the latest race rather than the usual four) to celebrate 60 years of shorthanded transatlantic racing run by the RWYC.
The OSTAR, conceived by Blondie Hasler in the late 1950s, was first sailed in 1960. The TwoSTAR, created to give an alternative to the many competitors who could not be accepted for the oversubscribed 1980 OSTAR and to cater for the growing interest in twohanded racing, was first run in 1981.
The races retain the Corinthian ethos envisaged by Hasler competing against the ocean as well as the other yachts. The ocean played a big part in the 2017 races with several yachts retiring and four abandoned due to weather related problems. Preparation for "Heavy Weather Sailing" is a necessary part of planning for these races.
Follow the planning and qualification of the prospective competitors here and then, when the race starts, watch the progress of the fleet on the tracker to see how they progress against the records set in the past.