OSTAR 1972

–  the Multihull Age

After 1968 a 500-mile qualification passage became obligatory. 55 boats qualified for the fourth edition of the race.

Eric Tabarly’s Pen Duick IV had retired from the 1968 race,Cheap Jerseys free shipping but in the intervening years prior to the 1972 OSTAR she had been tested and developed and then sold to former crewman Alain Colas, another icon of early French single-handed sailing.

In contrast to the 1968 race the North Atlantic threw up only one brief gale and it was perhaps due to the light conditions and skill of her skipper that Colas was able to steer his 67ft trimaran across the line first in the remarkable time of 20 days and 13 hours – five days faster than Geoffrey Williams’ four years earlier. In the process, Colas beat the giant monohull Jean-Yves Terlain’s 128ft Vendredi Treize by 16 hours. With Colas’ victory and other multihulls taking third, fifth and sixth places, the future of ocean-going racing catamarans and trimarans was sealed. With the exception of the 1976 race, all the subsequent single-handed transatlantic races have been won by multihulls and today they are the undisputed champions of the ocean.

Developed by the pioneering Tabarly, Pen Duick IV was a boat well ahead of her time, despite her aluminium construction and beams that appeared to have been made from scaffolding. Tabarly had been inspired to commission her after sailing on board Derek Kelsall’s trimaran Toria, winner of the first two-handed Round Britain and Ireland race in 1966. With no keel for ballast, a racing multihull’s lightweight requires less power to drive it and is therefore easier for the single-hander to manage. Rigged as a ketch, Pen Duick IV was originally fitted with rotating masts to improve the flow of air over her mainsails – a prelude to the rotating wing masts that would become standard on future trimarans.

As for Colas this same boat would take him around the world single-handed and into the history books the following year. Tragically, while competing in the first Route du Rhum in 1978, both boat and skipper were lost for reasons unknown.

Marie-Claude Fauroux (Aloa VII) was the first woman to finish the course coming 14th after nearly 33 days at sea, while her fellow colleague Anne Michailof racing PS was the last to cross the line, finishing just a few hours before the time limit of 60 days.

 

OBSERVER SINGLE-HANDED TRANSATLANTIC RACE 1972 — The Fourth OSTAR

Plymouth – Newport   17 June 1972 12:00 BST      Started: 55     Finished: 40

Skipper

Yacht

Type

LOA

Class

H/cap

Elapsed Time

Corrected Time

O/A Place

Class Place

Corr Place

Nat

Colas, Alain

Pen Duick IV

T

70

Mu

20 13 15

16 19 15

1

1

1

FRA

Terlain, Jean-Yves

Vendredi 13

M

128

Mo

21 05 14

21 05 14

2

1

24

FRA

Vidal, Jean-Marie

Cap 33

T

53

Mu

24 05 40

17 10 20

3

2

2

FRA

Cooke, Brian

British Steel

M

59

Mo

24 19 28

16 18 08

4

2

15

GBR

Follett, Tom

Three Cheers

T

46

Mu

27 11 04

19 17 04

5

3

3

USA

Pesty, Gérard

Architeuthis

T

55

Mu

28 11 55

19 21 35

6

4

4

FRA

Minter-Kemp, Martin

Strongbow

M

65

Mo

28 12 46

22 21 06

7

3

28

GBR

Gliksman, Alain

Toucan

M

34.5

Mo

28 12 54

15 22 34

8

4

12

FRA

Faggioni, Franco

Sagittario

M

50.5

Mo

28 23 05

19 07 25

9

5

20

ITA

Ferris, Jim

Whisper

M

53.5

Mo

29 11 15

15 06 35

10

6

9

USA

Linski, Marc

Isles du Frioul

M

48

Mo

30 02 45

19 16 05

11

7

21

FRA

Baranowski, Krzysztof

Polonez

M

45

Mo

30 16 55

17 09 35

12

8

17

POL

McMullen, Mike

Binkie II

M

32

Mo

31 18 10

10 13 30

13

9

3

GBR

Fauroux, Marie-Claude

Aloa VII

M

35

Mo

32 22 51

14 18 11

14

10

7

FRA

Brazier, Jock

Flying Angel

M

46

Mo

33 09 21

14 07 01

15

11

6

GBR

Charpentier, Joel

Wild Rocket

M

63

Mo

34 13 38

27 06 18

16

12

30

FRA

Olivaux, Yves

Aloa I

M

35

Mo

34 17 30

16 12 50

17

13

13

FRA

Piazzini, Guy

Cambronne

M

45.5

Mo

35 10 24

20 15 04

18

14

22

FRA

Chassin, Pierre

Concorde

M

43

Mo

36 01 19

22 17 59

19

15

27

FRA

Webb, Bruce

Gazelle

M

47.5

Mo

36 02 07

18 14 07

20

16

18

GBR

Holtom, John

La Bamba of Mersea

M

34

Mo

36 04 30

12 09 10

21

17

4

GBR

Hornett, Guy

Blue Smoke

M

26

Mo

36 21 26

07 07 06

22

18

1

GBR

Kirchner, Wolf-Dietrich

White Dolphin

M

32

Mo

38 07 17

16 14 37

23

19

14

GER

McLeod, Jock

Ron Glas

M

47

Mo

38 09 50

15 19 30

24

20

11

GBR

Clifford, Richard

Shamaal

M

25.5

Mo

38 10 30

13 03 10

25

21

5

GBR

Burn, R. Lancy

Blue Gipsy

M

28

Mo

39 08 30

09 08 30

26

22

2

USA

Weld, Philip

Trumpeter

T

44

Mu

39 13 25

31 15 35

27

5

5

USA

Hehner, Claus

Mex

M

35

Mo

40 08 23

21 01 03

28

23

23

GER

Fogar, Ambrogio

Surprise

M

38

Mo

41 04 45

22 12 05

29

24

26

ITA

Chilton, Pat

Mary Kate of Arun

M

38

Mo

41 17 17

18 17 17

30

25

19

GBR

Sumner, Eric

Francette

M

25

Mo

43 09 38

15 02 18

31

26

8

GBR

Puchalski, Zbigniew

Miranda

M

39

Mo

45 10 05

26 10 05

32

27

29

POL

Krieger, Heiko

Tinie

M

26.5

Mo

46 15 30

17 01 10

33

28

16

GER

Cartwright, Jerry

Scuffler III

M

32.5

Mo

49 02 00

21 21 20

34

29

25

USA

Elliott, Christopher

Lauric

M

34

Mo

51 14 33

na

35

30

GBR

Spedding, Andrew

Summersong

M

28

Mo

51 23 05

28 11 05

36

31

32

GBR

Blagden, David

Willing Griffin

M

19

Mo

52 11 06

15 15 46

37

32

10

GBR

Remiszewska, Teresa

Komodor

M

42

Mo

57 03 18

39 01 58

38

33

31

POL

Richey, Mike

Jester

M

26

Mo

58 08 18

27 06 58

39

34

34

GBR

Michailof, Anne

PS

M

30.5

Mo

59 06 12

36 10 52

40

35

33

FRA

Konkolski, Richard

Nike

M

22.5

Mo

60 13 12 Outside time limit

CZE

Wills, Martin

Casper

M

31

Mo

63 22 00 Outside time limit

GBR

Crowther, Peter

Golden Vanity

M

38

Mo

88 00 00 Outside time limit

GBR

Mascheroni, Carlo

Chica Boba

M

41

Mo

Retired to Gibraltar

ITA

Mitchell, Harry

Tuloa

M

33

Mo

Leaking, returned Plymouth

GBR

Howell, Bill

Tahiti Bill

C

43

Mu

Collision, towed to Newport

AUS

Miller, Bob

Mersea Pearl

M

43

Mo

Dismasted, abandoned, crew picked up by ship

GBR

Dijkstra, Gérard

Second Life

M

71

Mo

Dismasted, towed to St Johns

NED

Debra, Oscar

Olva II

M

46.5

Mo

Fuel Leak, returned Plymouth

BEL

Chichester, Francis

Gipsy Moth V

M

57

Mo

Skipper sick, assisted to Plymouth

GBR

Sayle, Murray

Lady of Fleet

C

41

Mu

Dismasted, towed to Newport

AUS

Salmon, Bob

Justa Listang

M

25

Mo

Dismasted, abandoned, crew picked up by ship

GBR

Riguidel, Eugène

Onyx

M

43

Mo

Rigging trouble

FRA

Barton, A.

Bristol Fashion

M

24.5

Mo

Dismasted, returned Plymouth, dismasted again

GBR

Guzzetti, Edoardo

Namar IV

M

32.5

Mo

Ill, retired to Azores

ITA

 

TROPHIES

dd hh mm

Winner

Alain Colas

Pen Duick IV

20 30 15

Record

(Previous Record

Geoffrey Williams

Sir Thomas Lipton

25 20 33

1968)

Handicap multi

Alain Colas

Pen Duick IV

16 19 15

Handicap mono

Guy Hornett

Blue Smoke

07 07 06

 
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