OSTAR 1992

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Sixty-seven boats started the Europe 1 STAR. Loïck Peyron (Fujicolor II) was just one of the many favourites with the French now completely dominating this side of the sport. Amongst them Florence Arthaud (Groupe Pierre 1er) fresh from her victory in the Route du Rhum, Philippe Poupon (Fleury Michon) the title and record holder, Laurent Bourgnon (Primagaz) the rising star, Philippe Monnet back from his single-handed sail round the world, Paul Vatine (Haute Normandie) on the 1988 winning trimaran, Francis Joyon (Banque Populaire), Jean Maurel and Hervé Laurent.
Weather conditions were unpredictable and not very favourable and the fleet quickly scattered across the Atlantic – Joyon headed north, Vatine south and Bourgnon and Peyron took the middle course. It took almost a week to sort out the lead. Bourgnon, in the lead, broke his mainsheet track, Arthaud capsized off Newfoundland and Poupon had long dropped out because of a broken daggerboard. There remained just one, Peyron, lying in wait for half the distance. He put his foot down near the finish and came in with more than a 24-hour lead over the second boat. He said on his arrival that he could have sailed much faster, but was not very familiar with the boat (he had taken over as skipper of Fujicolor from Canadian Mike Birch).
The new generation 60ft monohulls specifically designed for the Vendee Globe surprised all with their performances. Yves Parlier (Aquitaine-Innovations) flirted with the 14-day barrier for crossing the Atlantic.
Mike Birch and David Scully were using the event to match race their two new Irens­designed 40ft trimarans. The plan was to make a class of 40ft trimarans, a stepping stone into the 60ft multihull class, which would fill the void left by the demise of Formula 40s in the late 1980s. But it was Fort Lauderdale-based Etienne Giroire who took 11 hours off Nic Bailey’s Class 4 record, again beating all the Class 2 and 3 entries. Despite claiming sustained speeds of 21 knots in 12 knots of wind, Birch finished over a day and a half later, having taken the southerly Azores route.
A replica Jester, after the original was lost in 1988, was sailed keeping up the tradition of sailing in every race.

 

EUROPE 1 SINGLE-HANDED TRANSATLANTIC RACE 1992 — The Nineth OSTAR

Plymouth – Newport   07 June 1992 12:00 BST    Started: 67   Finished: 55

Skipper

Yacht

Type

LOA

Class

H/cap

Elapsed Time

Corrected Time

O/A Place

Class Place

Corr Place

Nat

Peyron, Loïck

Fujicolor

T

60

I

11 01 35

1

1

FRA

Vatine, Paul

Haute-Normandie

T

60

I

12 07 49

2

2

FRA

Joyon, Francis

Banque Populaire

T

60

I

12 09 14

3

3

FRA

Laurent, Hervé

Took Took

T

60

I

13 04 01

4

4

FRA

Bourgnon, Laurent

Primagaz

T

60

I

13 07 40

5

5

FRA

Parlier, Yves

Cacolac d’Aquitaine

M

60

I

14 16 01

6

6

FRA

Giroire, Etienne

Up My Sleeve

T

40

IV

16 06 45

7

1

FRA

Gatehouse, Mark

Queen Anne’s Battery

M

60

I

16 11 30

8

7

GBR

Cléris, Hervé

CLM

T

50

II

16 12 17

9

1

FRA

Herold, Pascal

Dupon Duran

T

50

II

16 20 16

10

2

FRA

Thomas, Alan Wynne

Cardiff Discovery

M

60

I

17 06 17

11

8

GBR

de Broc, Bertrand

Groupe LG

M

60

I

17 07 17

12

9

FRA

Burgess, Nigel

Dogwatch II

M

60

I

17 15 59

13

10

MON

Tolkien, Richard

Enif Morgan Grenfell

M

60

I

17 16 40

14

11

GBR

Bardaille, Eric

Caisse d’Epargne Pas de Calais

M

50

II

17 17 23

15

3

FRA

Birch, Mike

Bagages Superior

T

40

IV

17 19 19

16

2

CAN

Soldini, Giovanni

Misco Computer Supplies

M

50

II

18 04 16

17

4

ITA

Thompson, Brian

Transient

T

35

V

18 06 00

18

1

GBR

Ugarte, Jose

Euzkadi Europa 93

M

60

I

18 07 19

19

12

ESP

Chaundy, John

Severalles Challenge

T

34

V

19 06 37

20

2

GBR

van Hagen, Simon

Seatalk

M

40

IV

19 11 19

21

3

GBR

Mouligné, Jean-Pierre

Vetrotex Certainteed

M

44

III

20 08 00

22

1

FRA

Malingri, Vittorio

Moana 60

M

60

I

20 10 10

23

13

ITA

Danforth, Murray

Flying Turtle

M

35

V

21 05 41

24

3

USA

Kleinjans, Michel

Rucanor Sport

M

30

VI

21 05 50

25

1

BEL

Bouchacourt, Jacques

New Yorker

M

40

IV

21 08 01

26

4

FRA

Falk, Mary

QII

M

35

V

21 15 14

27

4

GBR

Adams, Bob

Julie

M

34

V

21 17 30

28

5

USA

Black, Steve

Caribbean

M

40

IV

21 22 40

29

5

USA

Andersen, Jens

Blue Bear

M

39

IV

22 04 32

30

6

DEN

Slezic, Ivan

Mir 2

M

40

IV

23 11 43

31

7

CAN

de Gruyter, Cees

Right Measure

M

40

IV

23 14 03

32

8

NED

Melis, Mauro

Prospect of la Spezia

M

30

VI

25 03 24

33

2

ITA

Sisk, Ed

Global Warning

M

50

II

26 08 56

34

5

USA

Manzoli, Franco

Alberobello by Velscaf

M

30

VI

26 20 30

35

3

ITA

Dunkerly, Michael

Mother Goose

M

40

IV

27 00 45

36

9

GBR

Yazykov, Viktor

Laguna British Friendly

M

29

VI

27 00 59

37

4

RUS

Mitchell, Harry

Mitak

M

39

IV

27 06 43

38

10

GBR

Freeman, Jerry

Alice‘s Mirror

M

29

VI

27 07 52

39

5

GBR

Oppizzi, Guido

Joutsen

M

33

V

27 18 34

40

6

ITA

Bezemer, Henk

LJ Harri

M

25

VI

28 05 26

41

6

NED

Stricker, George

Right Angle Club Table

M

35

V

28 07 48

42

7

USA

Malingri, Franco

Moana 27

T

27

VI

28 08 02

43

7

ITA

Beggs, Bob

Sharing the Challenge

C

26

VI

28 16 48

44

8

GBR

Petersen, Neal

Stella R

M

38

IV

28 17 24

45

11

RSA

Bourgeois, Francis

Droits des Générations Futures

M

36

IV

28 21 38

46

12

FRA

Chapman, Colin

Deerhound

M

50

II

30 09 00

47

6

IRL

Leek, Trevor

Corkscrew

M

28

VI

31 17 12

48

9

GBR

Sergent, Marie

Ladyhawk

M

30

VI

31 19 32

49

10

FRA

Crowther, Peter

Galway Blazer

M

42

III

32 21 42

50

2

GBR

Boyd, Fraser

Aeglos

M

35

V

33 20 01

51

8

GBR

Hristova, Petia

Nord

M

25

VI

35 06 28

52

11

BUL

Brinkmann, Karl

Little Fritzzz

M

26

VI

36 22 57

53

12

GER

Sinnett-Jones, David

Zane Spray

M

36

IV

40 03 04

54

13

GBR

Richey, Mike

Jester

M

25

VI

45 15 14

55

13

GBR

Arthaud, Florence

Pierre 1er

T

60

I

Capsized

FRA

Poupon, Philippe

Fleury Michon XI

T

60

I

Lost Daggerboard

FRA

Maurel, Jean

Allianz Via Assurances

T

60

I

Gear Failure / Mast damage

FRA

Ravez, Franck

Salsa

M

29

VI

Skipper fatigue

FRA

Walwyn, Philip

World Ship Trust

M

30

VI

Skipper injured

SKN

van der Zee, Wijtze

Magic Breeze

M

45

III

Skipper injured

NED

Scully, David

Star of La Trinité

T

40

IV

Structural damage

USA

Carpente, F

Jet Sea

T

50

II

Hull damage

FRA

Fayolle, Gérard

Lot et Garonne II

C

45

III

Leak in daggerboard casing

FRA

de Neef, Gerrit

Happyness

M

33

V

NED

Deasy, Robin

Spirit of Ireland

T

60

I

Hit debris

IRE

Ganssle, Jack

Amber 2

M

35

V

Dismasted

USA

 

TROPHIES

dd hh mm

Winner

Loïck Peyron

Fujicolor

11 01 35

(Current Record

Yvon Fauconnier

Unupro Jardin V

10 06 25

1984)