OSTAR 1996

– northern route wins

By now multihulls no longer hit the headlines and the Europe 1 STAR had turned into a French battle, at least for overall victory. There were no new trimarans except for Banque Populaire. The 60ft IMOCA monohulls shunned the event to concentrate on the Vendee Globe. Amateurs took advantage to come back in force in the smaller classes while observers already knew that the podium would be a contest between Peyron, Bourgnon, Vatine and Joyon. But it was the latter who created the surprise by choosing a route not used by anyone since Blondie Hasler in 1960, the Northern route. Joyon went far to the North passing over the top of the centres of the depressions that were slowing his adversaries on the direct route. He had more than a 300-mile lead by the time he had reached the Newfoundland Banks and nothing seemed capable of stopping him from breaking the record for the crossing. But it was without counting on the unstable breezes that knocked him down just over 400 miles from the finish. A similar fate befell Laurent Bourgnon.
Loïck Peyron was able to savour a second successive victory, with a time very close to Philippe Poupon’s 1988 record in spite of significantly less favourable weather conditions. Paul Vatine came in just four hours behind the winner.
Devon pub landlord Peter Crowther was rescued when, on his fifth race, his junk-rigged Galway Blazer hit an object and sank.

 

EUROPE 1 SINGLE-HANDED TRANSATLANTIC RACE 1996 — The Tenth OSTAR

Plymouth – Newport   16 June 1996 12:00 BST     Started: 58   Finished: 42

Skipper

Yacht

Type

LOA

Class

H/cap

Elapsed Time

Corrected Time

O/A Place

Class Place

Corr Place

Nat

Peyron, Loïck

Fujicolor II

T

60

I

10 10 05

1

1

FRA

Vatine, Paul

Région Haute Normandie

T

60

I

10 13 05

2

2

FRA

Birch, Mike

Biscuits La Trinitaine

T

60

I

14 12 55

3

3

CAN

Roufs, Gerry

Groupe LG2

M

60

I

15 14 50

4

4

CAN

Hall, Josh

Gartmore Investment Manager

M

60

I

16 15 56

6

5

GBR

Malingri, Vittorio

Anicaflash

M

60

I

16 19 24

7

6

ITA

Laurent, Hervé

Groupe LG1

M

60

I

17 00 54

8

7

FRA

Dumont, Eric

Café Legal Le Gout

M

60

I

17 01 11

9

8

FRA

Chabaud, Catherine

Whirlpool – Vital – Europe 2

M

60

I

17 06 43

10

9

FRA

Thomas, Alan Wynne

Elan Sifo

M

60

I

18 18 14

14

10

GBR

Gunst, Dirk

Tomidi

M

57

I

19 19 45

16

11

BEL

Soldini, Giovanni

Telecom Italia

M

50

II

15 18 29

5

1

ITA

Goss, Peter

Aqua Quorum

M

50

II

17 08 08

11

2

GBR

Cléris, Hervé

CLM

T

50

II

17 10 10

13

3

FRA

Vaughan, Niah

Jimroda II

M

50

II

19 22 57

17

4

GBR

Quix, Wolfgang

Wolfie’s Toy

M

50

II

20 01 45

20

5

GER

Andre, Michel

Dix de Lyon

M

46

II

24 03 47

28

6

FRA

Pelletier, Alain

Oiseau de la Pluie

M

48

II

30 09 22

38

7

FRA

Brutger, Alan

Mountain Sky Magic

M

45

III

19 14 22

15

1

GBR

Bianchetti, Simone

Merit Cup

M

45

III

20 21 35

22

2

ITA

Rubright, Phil

Shamwari

M

44

III

22 13 17

27

3

USA

le Youdec, Renaud

Kiss me Quick

M

40

III

27 08 00

33

4

FRA

Leek, Trevor

Mollymawk

T

40

IV

17 09 44

12

1

GBR

Bouchacourt, Jacques

New Yorker

M

40

IV

20 00 23

19

2

FRA

Hampton, Desmond

Roc

M

40

IV

22 00 30

25

3

GBR

Petersen, Neal

Protect our Sealife

M

40

IV

25 09 33

30

4

RSA

Harrison , Graham

Cyclone

M

38

IV

25 19 45

32

5

GBR

Evans, David

Ratso

M

40

IV

30 00 52

36

6

USA

Buys, Bertus

Sea Beryl

M

40

IV

30 04 42

37

7

NED

Newman, Carole

Independent Freedom

M

39

IV

32 02 50

39

8

GBR

Eckhardt, Alex

Taurus

M

36

IV

38 16 31

40

9

NED

Falk, Mary

QII

M

35

V

19 22 57

18

1

GBR

Kleinjans, Michel

P M Charles

M

30

VI

20 14 58

21

1

BEL

Scully, David

Hot Glue Gun

M

30

VI

21 12 07

23

2

USA

Tellarini, Fabrizio

Megaptera

M

30

VI

21 23 20

24

3

ITA

Manzoli, Franco

Golfo Tigullio

M

30

VI

22 01 30

26

4

ITA

Beggs, Bob

Clarks Active Air

C

26

VI

24 15 05

29

5

GBR

Nollet, Ronny

Luneborg

M

29.5

VI

25 10 05

31

6

BEL

Crochemore, Jacques

Senseï

M

28

VI

27 21 59

34

7

FRA

Hatfield, Derek

Gizmo

M

30

VI

28 11 20

35

8

CAN

Datchev, Datcho

Chance

M

30

VI

43 13 00

41

9

GBR

Richey, Mike

Jester

M

25

VI

56 10 54

42

10

GBR

Bourgnon, Laurent

Primagaz

T

60

I

capsized 20 Jun picked up by cargo vessel

FRA

Coad, Brian

Raasay of Melfort

M

34

V

retired 24 Jun to Ireland electrical problems

IRL

Parlier, Yves

Aquitaine Innovations

M

60

I

dismasted 23 Jun; jury rig to France

FRA

Joyon, Francis

Banque Populaire

T

60

I

capsized 23 Jun skipper rescued

FRA

Crowther, Peter

Galway Blazer

M

42

III

sank 24 Jun

GBR

Dunkerly, Michael

Mother Goose

M

40

IV

retired 25 Jun to France

GBR

Jaheny, Michel

Chivas 3

M

40

IV

FRA

Andersen, Jens Als

Fenris

M

40

IV

struck object

DEN

Verger, Daniel

Ol’Goud

M

35

V

dismasted; Newfoundland under power

FRA

Malingri, Franco

Star Trek

T

33

V

retired to Azores

ITA

Tortolani, Gianfranco

Città di Salerno

M

30

VI

ITA

Stricker, George

Rapscallion

M

45

III

USA

Brinkmann, Karl

Fritzzz

M

40

IV

GER

Uphues, Herbert

Tramp VI

M

29

VI

GER

Wright, Sherman

Andromeda

M

27

VI

USA

van de Wijgerd, Johannes

Off Course

M

31

V

NED

 

TROPHIES

dd hh mm

Winner

Loïck Peyron

Fujicolor II

10 10 05

Record

(Current Record

Yvon Fauconnier

Unupro Jardin V

10 06 25

1984)