OSTAR 2000

– battle of the giants

While seven 60ft trimarans engaged in the 2000 Europe 1 New Man STAR, the more remarkable fleet was that of the Open 60s of which a phenomenal 24 were entered. The reason for this incredible growth was because many were using the event as both a shakedown and a qualifier for the Vendee Globe the following November.
In the end the race produced two surprise winners. First trimaran was Francis Joyon’s Eure et Loir. Joyon had been leading the 1996 race until it came to a premature end following the pitch pole of his trimaran. Come 1999, the burly French man had lost his sponsorship from Banque Populaire who had passed the reins over to Lalou Roucayrol and were building a new boat especially for the 2000 race.
Coming into the 2000 race, Joyon was the least favourite of the six trimarans to win, having just scraped together enough sponsorship to charter his old boat back. Pre-race he worked on his boat tied up to a mooring as the heavily sponsored, high profile boats with their full shore teams enjoyed the convenience of the marina. However, it was with some irony that Joyon went on to win the race, while once again the Banque Populaire trimaran experienced a capsize.
In the Open 60 fleet, picking a pre-race favourite was hard with a line-up including solo sailing heavy weights such as Thomas Coville, Michel Desjoyeaux, Yves Parlier, Mike Golding, Roland Jourdain and Dominique Wavre. Who would win? In the event it was none of them. Sailing a brand new boat in its maiden race, few were betting on a 23-year-old English girl. However, on day nine of the race Ellen MacArthur monitoring the weather like a hawk, spotted a lull ahead and by taking an unfavourable tack north neatly sidestepped it putting 75 miles on her competition that she would hold until the finish. This result was a defining moment in MacArthur’s career, the first occasion when the sailing world realised that she was not out there simply to take part, but despite her tender years she had the ability to win.
By coincidence both Joyon and MacArthur went on to take up single-handed record breaking, Joyon setting an extraordinary new record time for sailing solo non-stop around the world then eclipsed by MacArthur.

 

EUROPE 1 NEW MAN SINGLEHANDED TRANSATLANTIC RACE 2000 — The Eleventh OSTAR

Plymouth – Newport   4 June 2000 12:00 BST (I, II), 12:15 (III, IV, V)    Started: 71   Finished: 39

Skipper

Yacht

Type

LOA

Class

H/cap

Elapsed Time

Corrected Time

O/A Place

Class Place

Corr Place

Nat

Joyon, Francis

Eure et Loir

T

60

I

09 23 21

1

1

FRA

Guillemot, Marc

Biscuits La Trinitaine

T

60

I

10 01 59

2

2

FRA

Cammas, Franck

Groupama

T

60

I

10 02 40

3

3

FRA

Gautier, Alain

Foncia

T

60

I

10 08 37

4

4

FRA

Nelias, Jean-Luc

Belgacom

T

60

I

10 19 35

5

5

FRA

MacArthur, Ellen

Kingfisher

M

60

I

14 23 01

6

1

GBR

Jourdain, Roland

Sill Beurre Le Gall

M

60

I

15 13 38

7

2

FRA

Golding, Mike

Team Group 4

M

60

I

15 14 50

8

3

GBR

Dubois, Thierry

Solidaires

M

60

I

15 15 33

9

4

FRA

Soldini, Giovanni

Fila

M

60

I

16 04 10

10

5

ITA

Bourgnon, Yvan

Bayer en France

T

60

I

16 06 21

11

6

FRA

Chabaud, Catherine

Whirlpool

M

60

I

16 10 19

12

6

FRA

Desjoyeaux, Michel

PRB

M

60

I

16 15 51

13

7

FRA

Thiercelin, Marc

Active Wear

M

60

I

17 15 44

14

8

FRA

Wavre, Dominique

Union Bancaire Privée

M

60

I

17 17 02

15

9

SUI

Cléris, Hervé

Tenez Bon les Enfants

T

50

II

18 00 54

16

1

FRA

Seeten, Joe

Nord Pas de Calais

M

60

I

18 02 22

17

10

FRA

Escoffier, Franck-Yves

Deleage

T

50

II

18 05 30

18

2

FRA

Richards, Emma

Pindar

M

50

II

18 20 30

19

1

GBR

Gancia, Andrea

Nastro Azzuro

M

50

II

19 09 30

20

2

ITA

Thomson, Alex

Sailthatdream.com

M

50

II

19 12 32

21

3

GBR

Lecoeur, Xavier

GEB

M

60

I

19 13 03

22

11

FRA

Arthaud, Jean Marie

Biotonic

M

45

III

20 17 57

23

1

FRA

Nollet, Ronny

La Promesse

M

40

IV

21 05 51

24

1

BEL

Munduteguy, Didier

DDP 60e Sud

M

60

I

21 07 18

25

12

FRA

de Gregorio, Pasquale

Wind

M

50

II

22 18 58

26

4

ITA

Levillain, Didier

Bagnoles de L’Orne

C

45

III

22 19 20

27

1

FRA

Yazikov, Viktor

Wind of Change

M

40

IV

23 03 55

28

2

RUS

van Breems, Martin

Monhegan

M

45

III

23 13 22

29

2

USA

Tellarini, Fabrizio

Excite

M

34

V

25 14 47

30

1

ITA

Hochedé , Etienne

Aria

M

40

IV

26 19 37

31

3

FRA

Pajkowska, Asia

Ntombifuti

M

40

IV

29 05 00

32

4

POL

Taylor, Mark

Olympian Challenger

M

50

II

30 00 48

33

5

GBR

Favre, Patrick

Adrenalines

M

60

I

31 05 19

34

13

FRA

MacDonald, Stuart

Red Alert

M

33

V

32 14 28

35

2

GBR

Crowther, Peter

Predator

M

36

IV

33 14 57

36

5

GBR

Peignon, Jacques

Joshua

M

40

IV

34 12 02

37

6

FRA

Vogel, Harry

Optimaal Leven

M

33

V

34 23 15

38

3

NED

Elliot, Ray

Spirit of Amport

M

32

V

39 07 28

39

4

GBR

Parlier, Yves

Aquitaine Innovations

M

60

I

Dismasted

FRA

Coville, Thomas

Sodebo Savourons la Vie

M

60

I

Dismasted

FRA

Dumont, Eric

Un Univers de Services Euroka

M

60

I

Dismasted

FRA

Burgess, Bruce

Hawaiian Express

M

60

I

Personnal

USA

Gunst, Dirk

Tomidi

M

60

I

Autopilot

BEL

Tolkien, Richard

This Time

M

60

I

Sails

GBR

Roucayrol, Lalou

Banque Populaire

T

60

I

Capsized

FRA

Allen, Charles

Team Woodbase

M

50

II

Steering Ballast

GBR

Rubright, Phillip

Shamwari

M

44

III

Injured

USA

Credey, David

M’Pulse

M

44

III

Flooded

FRA

Wheatley, Mervyn

Tamarind

M

42

III

Autopilot

GBR

Jensen, Erling

Amoureuse

M

44

III

Assistance

DK

Dewez, Jacques

Blue Shadow

M

39

IV

Ballast

FRA

Thomas, Alan Wynne

Sifo-Jemima

M

39

IV

Autopilot

GBR

Plas, Hans

Roaring Forty

M

40

IV

Autopilot

NED

Hobson, Ross

Mollymawk

T

40

IV

Dismasted

GBR

Adriaans, Pieter

Syllogic

M

40

IV

Rig

NED

Bignon, Jean

New Yorker

M

40

IV

Personnal

FRA

Perkins, David

Suomi Kudu

M

38

IV

GBR

Otton, James

Spirit of Great Lakes

M

40

IV

Assistance

USA

Jaheny, Michel

Chivas III

M

40

IV

Steering

FRA

Buys, Bertus

Sea Beryl

M

40

IV

Collision

NED

Mason, Ray

Redstar

T

40

IV

Assistance

USA

Manzoli, Franco

Cotonella

M

33

V

Mast

ITA

Coad, Brian

Raasay of Melfort

M

34

V

Injured

IRL

McHardy, Donald

Fiery Cross

T

35

V

Autopilot

GBR

Westermann, Roberto

Radiocuore

M

35

V

ITA

Baggaley, Jason

Ana

M

30

V

Capsized

GBR

Fabre, Philippe

Trinitrine

T

30

V

Rig

FRA

Mortimer, Roger

Couilles de Chien

M

34

V

Steering

GBR

Gardossi, Claudio

Senza Confini

M

35

V

Steering Autopilot

ITA

Tortolani, Gianfranco

Città di Salerno

M

30

V

Assistance

ITA

 

TROPHIES

dd hh mm

Winner

Francis Joyon

Eure et Loir

09 23 21

Record

(Previous Record

Yvon Fauconnier

Unupro Jardin V

10 06 25

1984)