TWOSTAR 1986

- the French dominate

After the success of the first two-handed transatlantic race in 1981, it was assumed that the second race in the series would attract even more entries than its predecessor. But the 1986 race suffered from a lack of an early sponsor and alternative events elsewhere. Carlsberg Lager sponsored the race but there was insufficient funds to equip the competitors with Argos trackers and only 49 boats actually started.
Apricot (Tony Bullimore, Walter Greene) was a favourite after the Round Britain win in the previous year and there was the expectation that two people could handle a 60 footer more efficiently than a larger 80 footer. However the performance of the Class II multihulls would depend as always on the weather.
With the absence of several Class I and II boats the smaller competitors felt there would be more interest in their section of the race. 23 of the 36 monohulls were in Classes III and IV (35 to 45ft). Amongst these was Sony Handicam (Ntombifuti), sailed by Kitty Hampton and Mary Falk. Ntombifuti carried water ballast for which owner Ian Radford had obtained approval from the committee despite it then being prohibited in conventional racing.
Paul Elvstrom fired the starting gun on the 8th June and the usual failures occurred. Regular competitors Philip and Frances Walwyn retired and sailed home to St Kitts when their 75ft cat Spirit of St Kitts developed leaks. Peter Phillips sailing 80ft Novanet blew out the main after 4 days and returned to Plymouth. Pete Goss and Chris Johnson sailed the Royal Marines’ 34ft Sarie Marais to second in class despite having to bail a leak caused by a loose keel. Laurel Holland and Joan Greene broke the forestay on their 45ft cat Sebago, and retired to St. Johns. Fourteen of the starters failed to finish or finished over the time limit.
The two remaining Class 1 multihulls took the first two places with Loic Caradec and Olivier Despagne in their 85ft cat Royale finishing in 13 days and 6 ½ hours ahead of Mike Birch and Olivier Moussy in Formule Tag.
Tony Bullimore and Walter Greene finished third in the 60ft trimaran Apricot winning Class II almost exactly two days behind Royale.
Harry Harkimo and Michaela Koskull, from Finland, sailing 50ft Belmont, finished in 22 days 1 hour to win Class III. Gerry Hannaford and Michael Moody, Hetaera 45ft, finished in just over 22 days to win Class IV, and beat all Class III except Belmont. The Bulgarians, Tenev Svetlozar and Vasil Poov brought their 38ft Bulcan Star in 22 days 9 hours to win Class V and achieve 13th place overall. That 7 different nationalities finished in the first 13 places illustrated the international appeal of the race.
The event was marred by the loss of Berlucchi, the Italian 60 footer sailed by Beppe Panada and Roberto Kramar, which disappeared with no distress call from their self activating EPIRB. Some months later Berlucchi was found floating upside down with no keel and unfortunately the crew were never found.

 

CARLSBERG TRANSATLANTIC RACE 1986   —   The Second TWOSTAR

Plymouth – Newport   8-Jun 12:00 BST     Started: 49   Finished: 35

Skipper

Co-Skipper

Yacht

Type

LOA

Class

H/cap

Elapsed Time

Corrected Time

O/A Place

Class Place

Corr Place

Nat

Caradec, Loic

Despaigne, Olivier

Royale

C

85

I

13 06 32

1

1

FRA

Birch, Mike

Moussy, Olivier

Formule Tag

C

80

I

14 02 50

2

2

CAN/FRA

Bullimore, Tony

Greene, Walter

Apricot

T

60

II

15 06 44

3

1

GBR

Knox-Johnston, Robin

Gallay, Bernard

British Airways I

C

60

II

17 05 42

4

2

GBR

Dardel, Olivier

Lejoly, Richard

Alcatel

C

60

II

17 06 45

5

3

FRA

Martin, John

Sharp, Robert

Tuna Marine Voortrekker

M

60

II

17 13 52

6

4

RSA

Bernadin, Guy

Callahan, Steve

Biscuits Lu

M

60

II

17 23 16

7

5

USA/FRA

Wiikeri, Markku

Kairamo, Antoro

Colt International

M

60

II

19 04 45

8

6

FIN

Colpitt, Joe

Culbert, Joseph

Transient

T

35

VI

20 03 13

9

1

USA

Nickerson, Robert

Taylor, Jeff

Cherry Valley Superduck

M

60

II

20 11 17

10

7

GBR

Harkimo, Harry

Koskull, Michaela

Belmont

M

50

III

22 01 09

11

1

FIN

Hannaford, Gerry

Moody, Michael

Hetaera

M

45

IV

22 07 34

12

1

GBR

Svetlozar, Tenev

Popov, Vasil

Bulcan Star

M

38

V

22 09 12

13

1

BUL

Schwab, Mark

Doman, Dean

Wreckless

M

47

III

22 12 00

14

2

USA

Waller, Jocelyn

Stuart, Roderick

Silk

M

34

VI

22 22 59

15

2

GBR

Hampton, Kitty

Falk, Mary

Sony Handycam

M

40

V

23 04 01

16

2

GBR

Davis, Granville

Page, Ramon

Tigo V

M

40

V

23 11 57

17

3

GBR

Pocock, Michael

Pocock, Patricia

Blackjack

M

38

V

23 23 32

18

4

GBR

Granholm, Kai

Lehtinen, Tapio

Mobira

M

40

V

24 01 12

19

5

FIN

Brainard II, Edward

Saltonstall, Jr., William

Curlew

M

38

V

24 09 22

20

6

USA

Johnson, Chris

Goss, Peter

Sarie Marais

M

34

VI

25 04 06

21

3

GBR

Quix, Wolfgag

Weingartner, Herbert

Jeantex III

M

40

V

25 12 11

22

7

GER

van Hest, Hans

Steger, Ferdi

Olle-P

M

40

V

26 09 00

23

8

NED

Moncur, Robert

Skinnard, Nick

Hansa Lady

M

36

V

27 01 24

24

9

GBR

Kowalewski, Dieter

Steinhardt, Ralf

Snowball

M

33

VI

27 14 24

25

4

GER

Ker, William

Perkes, Alan

Assent

M

32

VI

27 21 50

26

5

GBR

Tetley, Jeremy

Tetley, Maureen

Carte Blanche

M

36

V

28 07 15

27

10

GBR

Kayll, Joseph

Kayll, David

Double Maxim

M

42½

IV

29 05 41

28

2

GBR

Jongbloed, Anton

Velsink, Albert

Staal Bankiers

M

35

VI

30 03 45

29

6

NED

Melrose, Ann

Vischer, Eric

Mother Goose

M

40

V

31 08 03

30

11

GBR

Blofeld, Anthony

Hutchings, Ian

West End Girl

M

34

VI

31 11 42

31

7

GBR

Petrovsky, Michael

Hircock, Lloyd

Sifo

M

40

V

32 05 05

32

12

GBR/USA

Whiting, Stewart

Davies, Robert

Gibbs III

M

36

V

33 14 00

33

13

GBR

Fraser, Ann

Copplestone, Nancy

Gollywobbler

M

32

VI

34 04 55

34

8

GBR

Taylor, Alan

Thomas, Martin

Jenny Wren

M

31

VI

34 05 09

35

9

GBR

Hambro, Edvard

Blindheim, Richard

Sasha X

M

37

V

Finished outside time limit on 14 July

NOR

Phillips, Peter

Gomes, Richard

Novanet I

C

80

I

Blew out mainsail; returned to Plymouth

GBR

Walwyn, Philip

Walwyn, Frances

Spirit of St Kitts

C

75

I

Both hulls damaged leaking. Rtd St Kitts

SKN

Tolkien, Richard

Bartlett, David

Stockley Park Challenge

T

53

II

Float holed rtd Exmouth

GBR

Dean, John

Reddyhoff, Richard

Hythe Marina Village

M

50

III

Working jib blown out retired to

GBR

von Flittner, David

Miettinen, Kari

Yes Sir Boston

T

50

III

Electrical problems rtd Ply

FIN

Holland, Laurel

Greene, Joan

Sebago

C

45

IV

Broke forestay; rtd St John’s Nfd.

USA

Kaliski, Wojciech

Pajkowska, Joanna

Almatur III

C

45

IV

Dismasted; rtd Ply

POL

Hampton, Desmond

Chichester, Giles

Panicker

M

40

V

Dismasted; rtd Ply

GBR

Makikyla, Jaakko

Lukjanov, Leo

Independent

M

40

V

Put in to Azores for repairs; left there 2nd July for Newport

FIN

Christov, Vladamir

Georgiev, Svetoslav

Aquarius

M

33

VI

Put into Azores with rudder problem; finished outside time limit – 29th July

BUL

Hopps, Peter

Cherry, Vivien

Triple Fantasy

T

35

VI

Broken boom; rtd Ply

GBR

Roche, David la

Ryan, David

Near Horizons

M

35

VI

Sails blown out – rtd Falmouth

USA

Panada, Beppe

Kramar, Roberto

Berlucchi

M

60

II

Found floating capsized with keel missing, crew never found

ITA

 

Penalties and Allowances

Royale

+ 19m

Formule Tag

+ 4h 30m

Biscuits Lu

+ 1h 57m

 

TROPHIES

dd hh mm

Winner

Loic Caradec / Olivier Despaigne

Royale

13 06 32

Record

(Previous Record

Chay Blyth / Rob James

Brittany Ferries GB

14 13 54

1981)