OSTAR 1980

– the Americans oust the French

Under pressure from the ‘experts of the day’, and concerns of possible intervention by the Board of Trade, the organisers had imposed a restriction on length (56ft) and on the number of entries (110 boats) following the 1976 edition. The race committee chairman, Jack Odling-Smee announced that the decision had been reached for three reasons, the final one being “We have set the class limits to try to adhere to the original concept of the race, which is to defeat the ocean rather than the other competitors.”
However the use of the expensive ARGOS tracking system, primarily for safety reasons, resulted in the sponsors (the Observer and radio station Europe 1) using the regular position reports to reinforce the competitive nature of the race. A number of the new transmitters failed during the race causing some concern over the ‘missing’ yachts – a problem that continues to the present.
Many potential competitors had to be turned away and, in the event, ninety competitors started. Incidents came immediately. Most unfortunate was Florence Arthaud who lost her mast before even reaching the start. Tom Grossman (Kriter VII) collided with Garuda but after hurried repairs to a float managed to restart the following afternoon.
There was a noticeable drop (26 to 16) in French participation who, upset by the restrictions in force, favoured the new solo transatlantic race, the Route du Rhum, created by Frenchman Michael Etevenon. Only one French skipper, Daniel Gilard, appeared in the top 10 finishers; although in 14th was a new rising star Olivier de Kersauson on Kriter VI. What did dominate the top 10 finishers, were the multihulls including the unofficial entry of Marc Pajot racing Tabarly’s “futuristic” foiler Paul Ricard. Tabarly had to withdraw from the race due to a skiing injury and Pajot, unable to complete the qualification in time, raced as an unofficial entry crossing the line in fifth. In fact, the top five slots were filled with multihulls but it was, above all, the “American Multihull School” that emerged victorious with the veteran of the race, the 100% ‘Corinthian entry’ Phil Weld (Moxie) who finished in 17 days, 23 hours and 12 minutes, plus Phil Steggall (Jeans Foster) and Walter Greene (Cassettes Olympia).
Phil Weld had carried a detailed study of North Atlantic weather and, balancing this with the known abilities of Moxie, he came up with his own route: south of 45°N 35°W and through 43°N 50°W – the Weld Waypoints.
The weather conditions were ideal at the start with a northerly flow for almost ten days enabling the leaders to sail more than half the course with the wind abeam, an extremely favourable situation for the trimarans. Seventy-two boats finished and the course record dropped by six days in one go – it was fast approaching the two-week barrier.

 

ROYAL WESTERN / OBSERVER SINGLE-HANDED TRANSATLANTIC RACE 1980 — The Sixth OSTAR

Plymouth – Newport   7 June 1980 14:00 BST    Started: 90   Finished: 71

Skipper

Yacht

Type

LOA

Class

H/cap

Elapsed Time

Corrected Time

O/A Place

Class Place

Corr Place

Nat

Weld, Philip

Moxie

T

51

P

17 23 12

1

1

USA

Keig, Nick

Three Legs of Mann III

T

53

P

18 06 04

2

2

GBR

Steggall, Philip

Jeans Foster

T

38

GM

18 06 45

3

1

USA

Birch, Mike

Olympus Photo

T

46

P

18 07 15

4

3

CAN

Greene, Walter

Chaussettes Olympia

T

35

GM

18 17 29

5

2

USA

Jaworski, Kazimierz

Spaniel II

M

56

P

19 13 25

6

4

POL

Austoni, Edoardo

Chica Boba II

M

56

P

20 02 30

7

5

ITA

Gilard, Daniel

Brittany Ferries I

M

44

GM

21 00 09

8

3

FRA

Konkolski, Richard

Nike II

M

44

GM

21 06 21

9

4

CZE

Grossman, Tom

Kriter VII

T

56

P

21 00 11

10

6

USA

Wanders, Wolfgang

Stadt Krefeld

M

44

GM

21 14 22

11

5

GER

Versluys, Gustaf

Tyfoon VI

M

44

GM

21 15 01

12

6

BEL

Labbe, Alain

Hydrofolie

T

42

GM

21 15 51

13

7

FRA

de Kersauson, Olivier

Kriter VI

M

54

P

22 04 20

14

7

FRA

Sicouri, Pierre

Guia Fila

M

44

P

22 02 34

15

8

ITA

James, Robert

Boatfile

T

31

GM

22 22 55

16

8

GBR

Gliksman, Denis

France Loisirs

M

44

GM

23 10 00

17

9

FRA

Reed, Bertie

Voortrekker

M

49

P

23 12 42

18

9

RSA

Riguidel, Eugène

V.S.D

T

52

P

24 01 27

19

10

FRA

Fournier, Philippe

Haute-Nendaz

M

36.5

GM

24 03 05

20

10

FRA

Millet, Jean-Pierre

Open Space

M

52

P

25 01 05

21

11

FRA

Sagi, Victor

Garuda

M

48

P

25 08 23

22

12

ESP

Stokes, Francis

Mooneshine

M

40

GM

25 14 07

23

11

USA

James, Naomi

Kriter Lady

M

53

P

25 19 12

24

13

GBR

Homewood, Bill

The Third Turtle

T

32

GM

25 20 13

25

12

USA

Bocinsky, Robert

Ambergris

M

37

GM

26 00 39

26

13

USA

Jaouen, Jean-Jacques

Les Menuires

M

44

GM

26 15 21

27

14

FRA

Rakowicz, Jerzy

Spaniel

M

38

GM

26 19 29

28

15

POL

Chaundy, John

Free Newspapers

M

32

J

28 00 56

29

1

GBR

Doelger, William

Edith

T

31

GM

28 04 10

30

16

USA

Hylen, Uno

Yoldia

M

37

GM

28 05 48

31

17

SWE

Hampton, Desmond

Wild Rival

M

34

GM

28 13 44

32

18

GBR

Charnley, John

Atlantic Harp

M

43

GM

29 06 21

33

19

GBR

Radford, Ian

Jabulisiwe

M

28

J

30 14 38

34

2

GBR

Oswald, John

Moonshadow Basildon

M

37.5

GM

30 15 30

35

20

GBR

Debra, Oscar

Crumpy Nut

M

43

GM

30 16 32

36

21

BEL

Clifford, Richard

Warrior Shamaal

M

35

GM

30 16 45

37

22

GBR

Jukkema, Henk

Victoria

M

31

J

30 18 02

38

3

NED

Smith, Chris

Sadler Bluejacket

M

25

J

30 19 20

39

4

GBR

Butler, Chris

Achillea

M

28

J

30 20 49

40

5

GBR

Roemers, Kees

Bollemaat IV

M

44

GM

30 21 24

41

23

NED

Primrose, Angus

Demon of Hamble

M

33

GM

30 23 08

42

24

GBR

Forkert, Roger

Parisien Libéré

T

38

GM

31 10 45

43

25

USA

Bernardin, Guy

Ratso II

M

38

GM

31 11 45

44

26

FRA

Kyle, James

Dream Weaver

M

27

J

31 23 05

45

6

USA

Veyron, Alain

Cat Marine

T

28

J

32 02 50

46

7

FRA

Clark, Don

Abacus

M

41.5

GM

32 07 17

47

27

GBR

Gochberg, Thomas

Mistral

M

41.5

GM

32 18 35

48

28

USA

Tonizzo, Luis

Egret

M

27

J

33 05 25

49

8

USA

Djambazov, Nikolay

Tangra

M

36

GM

34 10 53

50

29

BUL

van der Zee, Wijtze

Black Pearl

M

41

GM

35 11 20

51

30

NED

Ugarte, Jose

North Wind

M

39

GM

36 06 43

52

31

ESP

van de Weg, Henk

Tjisje

M

29.5

J

36 22 22

53

9

NED

Rodgers, Paul

Christian Saul

T

34

GM

37 03 11

54

32

GBR

Quix, Wolfgang

Jeantex

M

31

J

38 03 02

55

10

GER

Venturin, Giampaola

Cecco

M

26

J

38 08 55

56

11

ITA

Guiu, Juan

Crisan

M

38

GM

38 13 43

57

33

ESP

Verwoerd, J.R

Seagull II

M

33

GM

38 17 00

58

34

NED

Lush, Bob

Olympus Sailing

M

25

J

39 01 46

59

12

CAN

Lush, Tony

One Hand Clapping

M

32

J

39 06 56

60

13

USA

de Jong, Andre

La Peligrosa

M

30.5

J

39 16 55

61

14

NED

Lengyel, Bob

Prodigal

M

25

J

40 06 09

62

15

USA

Ryan, Tom

Peggy

T

31

GM

40 20 16

63

35

USA

Sonne, Ernest

Elbe

M

36

GM

41 10 45

64

36

USA

Hunt, John

Crystal Catfish

M

31

J

41 13 18

65

16

USA

Beharrell, John

Miscin

M

38

GM

42 10 00

66

37

GBR

Panada, Beppe

Mu Lat

M

56

P

42 18 20

67

14

ITA

Mustelin, Per

Mare

M

30

J

43 03 34

68

17

FIN

Wallace, William

Novia

M

30

J

44 10 42

69

18

USA

Wills, Martin

Casper

M

31

J

46 13 52

70

19

GBR

Veenemans, Burg

Pytheas

M

47

P

49 08 16

71

15

NED

Cartwright, Jerry

Le First

M

32

J

26 22 55 Disqualified

USA

Richey, Mike

Jester

M

26

J

Outside time limit

GBR

Vassiliadis, Anthony

Old Navy Lights

M

34.5

GM

76h 50m, Outside time limit

GRE

ter Laag, Piet

Lady Dona

M

34

GM

08/6 Skipper sick, retired Falmouth

NED

Timsit, Jacques

Motorola

M

38

GM

09/6 Hit submerged object, sank. Rescued

FRA

Schulte, Hans

Silke

M

38

GM

11/6 Broken forestay fitting, retired Fowey

GER

Clifton, Nicholas

Fleury Michon

P

42

GM

12/6 Capsized, abandoned

GBR

Loizeau, Eric

Gauloise IV

M

53

P

14/6 Hull damage, retired La Trinite

FRA

Parisis, Jean Claude

Charles Heidsieck II

M

48

P

17/6 Broken rudder, retired France

FRA

Horeau, Michel

Maurice Lidchi

T

51

P

18/6 Broke float spar, retired Brest

FRA

Luhrs, Warren

Tuesday’s Child

M

54

P

23/6 Structural, restarted but ret’d

USA

Hunter, Simon

Jomada

M

30

J

23/6 Concussed, ret’d Plymouth

GBR

Cockerell, Theo

Roundabout

M

36.5

GM

25/6 Destroyed by fire off Azores

GBR

Pallard, Bernard

Brittany Ferries II

M

29.5

J

Damaged, retired France

FRA

Phillips, Peter

Livery Dole

T

35

GM

28/6 Capsized, abandoned

GBR

Gogolkiewicz, Czeslaw

Raczynski II

M

56

P

04/7 Collision in fog approaching finish

POL

Smith, Mac

Sea Quest

M

39

GM

06/7 Rigging problems, towed to Halifax

USA

Chioatto, Antonio

Mattia III

T

36

GM

07/7 Capsized, rescued after 4 day search

ITA

Lawson, Judith

Serta Perfect Sleeper

M

32

GM

08/7 Dismasted, skipper & yacht rescued

USA

 

Penalties and Allowances

V.S.D.

+ 20m

Penalty for late arrival in Plymouth

Brittany Ferries I

+ 40m

Penalty for late arrival in Plymouth

Pitheas

+ 3h 40m

Penalty for late arrival in Plymouth

Kriter VI

+ 7h 50m

Penalty for late arrival in Plymouth

Mu Lat

+ 12h 30m

Penalty for late arrival in Plymouth

Peggy

+ 16h 20m

Penalty for late arrival in Plymouth

Casper

+ 35h 00m

Penalty for late arrival in Plymouth

Old Navy Lights

+ 76h 50m

Penalty for late arrival in Plymouth

Kriter VI

+ 10h 00m

Early across the start line

 

TROPHIES

dd hh mm

Winner

Phil Weld

Moxie

17 23 12

Record

(Previous Record

Alain Colas

Pen Duick IV

20 13 15

1972)

 
OSTAR Track 1980 Moxie