OSTAR 1988

– record breaking downwind race

With 95 entries, the trend was towards on board electronics, weather files and automatic pilots. It was no longer enough for the solo sailor to be an excellent mariner and a tough racer, he also had to be a computer wizard and manage his tactical and strategic options on board.
1988 proved to be a record-breaking race as multihull designer Nigel Irens stated: “The record is bound to be broken. The evolution in multihull design is taking place at a phenomenal rate. Today’s 60ft trimarans have 25% speed advantage over boats raced four years ago.” Philippe Poupon’s (Fleury Michon) demonstration was exemplary with exceptional conditions on the Atlantic allowing the Breton to virtually sail a direct route the whole way. Mike Birch (Fujicolor) and Olivier Moussy (Laiterie St Michel) were sailing similar Nigel Irens-designed trimarans. But, unfortunately, Birch hit a whale, while Olivier Moussy had problems caused by a late launch. Philippe Poupon set a stunning new record of 10 days, 9 hours and 15 minutes or the equivalent along the Great Circle route of 11 knots average speed. Florence Arthaud (Groupe Pierre 1er) became the fastest woman finishing in 13 days 10hr 58m.
Nic Bailey (MTC) set a phenomenal Class 4 record for the course, finishing 12th in 16 days 17 hours – faster than all of Classes 2 and 3.
An exceptional disaster befell skipper David Sellings on board his monohull Hyccup. A pod of whales, up to 50 or 60 at one point, had surrounded his boat for three days and finally attacked, holing the boat. Sellings only had time to grab a few belongings and inflate his liferaft before Hyccup sank.
Another loss was that of Jester. On her eighth OSTAR, having competed in every race, she was knocked down in heavy weather and lost her starboard hatch. Mike Richey was unable to stem the flow and was taken off. Jester was taken in tow but had to be abandoned.

 

CARLSBERG SINGLE-HANDED TRANSATLANTIC RACE 1988 — The Eighth OSTAR

Plymouth – Newport   05 June 1988 12:00 BST    Started: 95   Finished: 73

Skipper

Yacht

Type

LOA

Class

H/cap

Elapsed Time

Corrected Time

O/A Place

Class Place

Corr Place

Nat

Poupon, Philippe

Fleury Michon

T

60

I

10 09 15

1

1

FRA

Moussy, Olivier

Laiterie Mt St Michel

T

60

I

11 04 17

2

2

FRA

Peyron, Loïck

Lada Poch II

T

60

I

11 09 02

3

3

FRA

Steggall, Philip

Sebago

T

60

I

11 09 55

4

4

USA

Peyron, Bruno

VSD

C

60

I

12 23 20

5

5

FRA

Mabire, Halvard

Gérard Henon

C

60

I

13 06 51

6

6

FRA

Arthaud, Florence

Groupe Pierre 1er

T

60

I

13 10 58

7

7

FRA

Maurel, Jean

Elf Aquitaine III

T

60

I

14 10 02

8

8

FRA

Sicouri, Pierre

La Nuova Sardegna

T

60

I

15 17 34

9

9

ITA

Bullimore, Tony

Spirit of Apricot

T

60

I

16 04 46

10

10

GBR

Herold, Pascal

Dupon Duran

T

60

I

16 12 39

11

11

FRA

Bailey, Nic

MTC

T

40

IV

16 17 03

12

1

GBR

Terlain, Jean-Yves

UAP 1992

M

60

I

17 04 05

13

12

FRA

Martin, John

Allied Bank

M

60

I

17 08 18

14

13

RSA

Ugarte, Jose

Castrol Solo

M

60

I

17 21 47

15

14

ESP

Rudiger, Mark

Holsten Ocean Surfer

T

40

IV

18 06 28

16

2

USA

Lamazou, Titouan

Ecureuil d’Aquitaine

M

60

I

18 07 00

17

15

FRA

Reppy, Michael

Damiana

T

42

III

19 08 28

18

1

USA

Caquet, Didier

Transports Grimaud

C

40

IV

19 10 24

19

3

FRA

Black, Steve

Eagle Premier

T

40

IV

21 00 03

20

4

USA

Hazelton, Courtney

Mariko

M

45

III

21 05 44

21

2

USA

Burgess, Nigel

Dogwatch A

M

50

II

21 05 46

22

1

MON

Stuart, Roderick

Caledonia

T

30

VI

21 06 16

23

1

GBR

Reed, Bertie

Invertex Voortrekker

M

49

II

21 10 53

24

2

RSA

van Hagen, Simon

Roc

M

40

IV

21 11 42

25

5

NED

Duttonhofer, Sennett

Man O War

T

40

IV

21 14 37

26

6

USA

Wilson, Richard

Curtana

T

35

V

21 17 17

27

1

USA

Boye, Jack

Legend Securities

M

50

II

21 22 37

28

3

USA

Davie, Robin

Global Exposure

M

40

IV

22 03 12

29

7

GBR

Cléris, Hervé

Emballage Polseite

T

40

IV

22 07 47

30

8

FRA

Hannaford, Gerry

Hetaera of Grimsby

M

45

III

22 09 08

31

3

GBR

Pettengill, Steve

Freedom

M

40

IV

22 12 11

32

9

USA

Quix, Wolfgang

Jeantex T 3000

M

40

IV

22 12 58

33

10

GER

Hart, Roy

Moon Boots

M

45

III

23 03 53

34

4

GBR

Goss, Peter

Cornish Meadow

C

26

VI

23 05 04

35

2

GBR

Stokes, Francis

Sparrow

M

35

V

23 05 17

36

2

USA

Gardiner, Jim

Celox

M

39

IV

23 09 39

37

11

USA

Propp, Morris

Hetaera Sailor’s Game

M

43

III

24 03 26

38

5

USA

Kidd, Rupert

Ocean World

T

35

V

24 05 09

39

3

GBR

Vinck, Paul

Generale Bank

M

50

II

24 05 30

40

4

BEL

Cherry, Vivien

Panicker

M

40

IV

24 06 30

41

12

GBR

Montariol, Gérard

Gauloise IV

T

45

III

24 08 56

42

6

FRA

Heal, Jeremy

Alice’s Mirror

M

30

VI

24 23 58

43

3

GBR

Phillips, Peter

Chaffoteaux Challenger

M

56

I

25 07 43

44

16

GBR

van Donselaar, Jan

Ruth/Less

M

35

V

25 12 07

45

4

NED

Dardel, Olivier

Alcatel

M

38

IV

25 21 15

46

13

FRA

Fontana, Vincenzo

Moana Bip Bip

M

45

III

26 11 38

47

7

ITA

Wiig, Are

Soren Sophie

M

30

VI

26 12 13

48

4

NOR

de Gruyter, Cees

Right Measure

M

33

V

26 14 07

49

5

NED

Rowe, Nigel

Piper Rising

M

39

IV

27 13 24

50

14

GBR

Hopps, Peter

Triple Fantasy

T

35

V

27 16 18

51

6

GBR

Falk, Mary

Quixote

M

34

V

27 16 39

52

7

GBR

Caroni, Thierry

Athom le Rebelle

C

56

I

27 17 22

53

17

FRA

Treinzen, Roland

Stella Polare

M

40

IV

27 21 30

54

15

GER

Hatfield, James

British Heart III

M

30

VI

28 00 48

55

5

GBR

Melling, John

Buran

M

33

V

28 05 16

56

8

GBR

Keig, Peter

Zeal

M

38

V

28 08 05

57

9

GBR

Rowe, Anthony

Dream Weaver

M

26

VI

28 22 38

58

6

GBR

Hall, Josh

Spirit of Ipswich

M

34

V

29 23 35

59

10

GBR

van de Weg, Henk

Patache

M

30

VI

30 11 00

60

7

NED

Andersen, Jens

Divina

M

30

VI

31 01 45

61

8

DEN

Petrovsky, Michael

Amnesty International

M

29

VI

32 04 48

62

9

GBR

Rice, David

Temaraire

M

30

VI

32 09 42

63

10

GBR

Shelter, Clive

Maccabi

M

32

V

32 16 10

64

11

ISR

Passmore, John

Largo

M

32

V

32 21 40

65

12

GBR

Malingri, Franco

Moana 39

M

39

IV

33 02 35

66

16

ITA

Buys, Bertus

Sea-Beryl

M

35

V

33 05 10

67

13

NED

Connole, Peter

Free Bird

M

30

VI

33 23 31

68

11

USA

Crowther, Peter

Galway Blazer

M

42

III

34 01 07

69

8

GBR

McConnaughey, Edward

Esprit

M

30

VI

34 07 20

70

12

GBR

St Aubyn Hubbard, Denise

Flying Light

M

42

III

34 10 00

71

9

GBR

Golding, Mike

Gazelle

T

30

VI

41 14 44

72

13

GBR

Barham, Nicholas

Water Bear

M

31

V

47 18 30

73

14

GBR

Pean, Lionel

Hitachi III

T

60

I

One float detaching from main hull

FRA

Oakley, Robin

Stockwood

T

30

VI

Holed in port float

GBR

van der Zee, Wijtze

New Magic Breeze

M

45

III

Hit something

NED

Engels, Roel

Doortje

M

34

V

Boat sank

NED

Blyth, Chay

NCR

T

60

I

Injury

GBR

Veyron, Thomas

Construction Dorso

T

30

VI

Damaged float

FRA

Birch, Mike

Fujicolor

T

60

I

Hit whale

CAN

Terschegget, Goos

Volharding

M

41

III

Injury

NED

Chaundy, John

Mitak

M

40

IV

Rigging problem

GBR

Sellings, David

Hyccup

M

30

VI

Attacked by whales, boat sank

GBR

Tolkien, Richard

Williams Lea

T

55

I

Forestay pulled out

GBR

Holer-Saliou, Guy

Lemtea

M

50

II

Sank

FRA

Vuylsteker, Jacques

Jeremi V

M

35

V

Generator problems

FRA

Yttervik, Arne

Cunard

M

39

IV

Sails damage

NOR

Bourgeois, Francis

Safar

M

36

IV

no problems

FRA

Knox-Johnston, Robin

Suhaili

M

32

V

Yacht making water

GBR

Thomas, Alan Wynne

Triton Sifo

T

39

IV

Starboard float taking water

GBR

Dewez, Jacques

Sperone

T

40

IV

Yacht making water

FRA

Gilmore, William

Zafu

M

38

IV

Retired to Azores

USA

Groves, John

Beaune Dry

M

36

IV

Ran into shoal water

USA

Corbett, Noelle

Outrageous

M

39

IV

Different problems

GBR

Richey, Mike

Jester

M

26

VI

Knocked down in heavy weather

GBR

 

Penalties and Allowances

Castrol Solo

– 7h

Allowance for standing by Triton Sifo

Temaraire

– 3h 30m

Allowance for diverting to assist casualty

Free Bird

– 45m

Allowance for investigating distress flare

Galway Blazer

+ 5h

Penalty for communications shortcomings

Gauloise IV

+ 27h 51m

Penalty for late inspection (5%)

Spirit of Apricot

+ 32h 06m

Penalty for late qualifying (9%)

Moana 39

+ 42h 08m

Penalty for late arrival in Plymouth (5.6%)

Volharding

  + —

Penalty for late inspection (0.45%) – retired

 

TROPHIES

dd hh mm

Winner

Philippe Poupon

Fleury Michon

10 09 15

(Current Record

Yvon Fauconnier

Unupro Jardin V

10 06 25

1984)