TWOSTAR 1990

– storms and records

Only 37 started the third TwoSTAR in 1990. The numbers reflected to conflict with the Globe Challenge and the BOC singlehanded round-the-world races (both organised after the TwoSTAR) in an increasingly crowded short-handed oceanic race calendar. The race still attracted several 60’ Class I entrants including multihulls of Florence Arthaud (Pierre 1er), Jean Maurel (Elf Aquitaine), Loïck Peyron (Lada Poch), and monohulls of Warren Luhrs (Hunter’s Child), and John Martin (Allied Bank).
Britain’s main hope was Tony Bullimore (Spirit of Apricot) who had not recovered from a back injury and withdrew.
Another non-starter was Non Smoking Days which was impounded by Customs and Excise.
‘Boots’ Parker and BJ Watkins were the only all-female crew finishing third in their class. The oldest competitor was 65 year-old Norwegian Arne Lie skipper of Tresbelle (37ft) and the youngest was Stephen Moon (20) on Minitech which at 30ft was the smallest boat. The largest was 65’ Olivetti, skippered by Loïck’s brother Bruno Peyron, which being over the 60’ size limit was allowed to sail with the fleet but not to record a place. However Olivetti along with Minitech and Tresbelle suffered damage and retired, Tresbelle losing its mast 300 miles off Newfoundland. Another failure was Sprint whose crew was rescued by RAF helicopter some 200 miles off Ireland.
Records were set in this race – Jean Maurel and Michel Desjoyeaux (Elf Aquitaine) finished in 10 days 23 hrs 15 min, beating the previous record by 2 days 6hr 55min, and Mike Birch and Didier Munduteguy (Fujicolor) finished just 4hr behind.
John and Ian Martin (Allied Bank) were the first monohull home in 15 days 13 hr 25 min beating the previous record by 11hr 25min but were penalised 2 hr 15min for failing to report their positions by radio.

 

ROYAL WESTERN TWOHANDED TRANSATLANTIC RACE 1990   —   The Third TWOSTAR

Plymouth – Newport   10-Jun 12:00 BST    Started: 37   Finished: 26

Skipper

Co-Skipper

Yacht

Type

LOA

Class

H/cap

Elapsed Time

Corrected Time

O/A Place

Class Place

Corr Place

Nat

Maurel, Jean

Desjoyeaux, Michel

Elf Aquitaine III

T

60

I

10 23 15

1

1

FRA

Birch, Mike

Munduteguy, Didier

Fujicolor

T

60

I

11 03 24

2

2

FRA

Arthaud, Florence

Maurel, Patrick

Pierre 1er

T

60

I

13 13 43

3

3

FRA

Martin, John

Martin, Ian

Allied Bank

M

60

I

15 15 55

4

4

RSA

Scully, David

Rudiger, Mark

American Challenge

T

40

IV

15 16 46

5

1

USA

Reed, Bertie

Prescott, Gregory

Grinaker

M

60

I

17 03 37

6

5

RSA

Herold, Pascal

Roynette, Patrice

Dupon Duran 2

T

52

I

17 04 44

7

6

FRA

Luhrs, Warren

Iyengar, Nitish

Hunter’s Child

M

60

I

17 08 51

8

7

USA

Nickerson, Robert

Pardaile-Galabrun, Marc

Panic Major

M

60

I

17 09 30

9

8

GBR

Gilmore, William

Durling, Derek

Zafu

M

45

III

21 10 11

10

1

USA

Coulombel, Patrick

Antoine, Pierre

Vidam

T

36

IV

21 19 34

11

2

FRA

Dean, John

Reddyhoff, Richard

Papaver

M

45

Ill

22 06 46

12

2

GBR

Page, Ramon

Hopps, Peter

Ntombifuti

M

40

IV

22 22 41

13

3

GBR

Parker, Esher

Watkins, BJ

Skyjack

C

45

III

22 23 46

14

3

USA

Fontana, Vincenzo

Golpi, Diego

Moana Bip Bip

M

45

III

23 04 42

15

4

ITA

de Gruyter, Cees

Pocock, Jenny

Right Measure

M

40

IV

23 13 56

16

4

NED

Sisk, Edward

Barnaby, David

Dogbolter

M

35

V

24 03 23

17

1

USA

Tenev, Svetlozar

Kokonchev, Henrih

Bulcan Star

M

38

IV

26 09 53

18

5

BUL

Harrison, Graham

Crawford, Raymond

Cyclone

M

39

IV

26 22 53

19

6

GBR

Carter, Nick

Porter, Hugh

Quixote

M

34

V

28 10 33

20

2

GBR

Farrant, Hugh

Farrant, Angela

Spring Gold II

M

39

IV

28 12 14

21

7

GBR

Rowe, Nigel

Swengley, Nicole

Piper Rising

M

39

IV

28 16 12

22

8

GBR

Jensen, Erling

Thomsen, Axel

Amoureuse

M

42

III

28 22 05

23

5

DEN

Irving, Pierre

Theobald, Sprague

Mother Carey

M

34

V

28 22 59

24

3

USA

Bray, Andrew

Cartwright, Hugh

Dash

M

35

V

29 02 06

25

4

GBR

Billinghurst, Rod

Flaskett, Paul

Sandpiper of Hamble

M

35

V

29 02 10

26

5

GBR

Thompson, Brian

Darvelid, Helena

Curtana

T

35

V

Structural defects. Returned to Plymouth

USA

Kidd, Rupert

Mitchell, Alan

Fiery Cross

T

35

V

Structural defects. Issued MAYDAY, crew and yacht picked up

GBR

Donovan, Adrian

Pollitt, Steven

Illusion

M

35

V

Multiple gear failures, damage to sails and rig. Retired to Newport under engine.

GBR

Peyron, Loick

Delorme, Jacques

Lada Poch IV

T

60

I

Broken dagger board. Retired to France.

FRA

Thomas, Stephen

Wade, Michael

Magic Dragon

M

33

V

Dismasted, returned under jury rig.

GBR

Hales, Geoff

Moon, Stephen

Minitech

M

30

V

Forestay carried away, then became trapped in a slow moving depression which carried the yacht up to 56° 48’N 16° 38’W before they were able to head for Plymouth retiring from the race.

GBR

Gatehouse, Mark

Brennan , Nigel

Queen Anne’s Battery Marina

C

40

IV

Mast opened up at base, slackening the rigging and causing the mast to go over to 45 degrees. Saved mast and sailed jury rigged to St John’s Newfoundland where she retired.

GBR

Rendell, Terence

Sneath, David

Red Conqueror

M

32

V

Retired – lack of progress – motored to Newport.

GBR

Blain, Jonathan

Chance, Simon

Sprint

M

35

V

Put in to Cork with multiple gear failure 12th June – re-entered race 13th. 19th June more problems with leaking and rudder, turned back to Ireland. 20th situation worse, Coastguard advised switch on EPIRB, crew taken off by helicopter 270 miles from C. Clear. Yacht subsequently recovered by HMS Ark Royal

GBR

Lie, Arne

Conover, David

Tresbelle

M

37

IV

Upper third of mast broke in reasonable conditions (metal fatigue?) retired to St. John’s Newfoundland under jury rig.

NOR

Peyron, Bruno

Olivetti

T

65

0

Sail damage

FRA

 

Penalties and Allowances

Allied Bank

+ 2h 15m

radio reporting failure

 

TROPHIES

dd hh mm

Winner

Jean Maurel / Michel Desjoyeaux

Elf Aquitaine III

10 23 15

Record

(Previous Record

Loic Caradec / Olivier Despaigne

Royale

13 06 32

1986)