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.

OSTAR 1992

SkipperYachtTypeLOAClassH/capElapsed TimeCorrectd TimeRankClass RankCorr RankNation
Peyron, LoïckFujicolorT60I11 01 3511FRA
Vatine, PaulHaute-NormandieT60I12 07 4922FRA
Joyon, FrancisBanque PopulaireT60I12 09 1433FRA
Laurent, HervéTook TookT60I13 04 0144FRA
Bourgnon, LaurentPrimagazT60I13 07 4055FRA
Parlier, YvesCacolac d'AquitaineM60I14 16 0166FRA
Giroire, EtienneUp My SleeveT40IV16 06 4571FRA
Gatehouse, MarkQueen Anne's BatteryM60I16 11 3087GBR
Cléris, HervéCLMT50II16 12 1791FRA
Herold, PascalDupon DuranT50II16 20 16102FRA
Thomas, Alan WynneCardiff DiscoveryM60I17 06 17118GBR
de Broc, BertrandGroupe LGM60I17 07 17129FRA
Burgess, NigelDogwatch IIM60I17 15 591310MON
Tolkien, RichardEnif Morgan GrenfellM60I17 16 401411GBR
Bardaille, EricCaisse d'Epargne Pas de CalaisM50II17 17 23153FRA
Birch, MikeBagages SuperiorT40IV17 19 19162CAN
Soldini, GiovanniMisco Computer SuppliesM50II18 04 16174ITA
Thompson, BrianTransientT35V18 06 00181GBR
Ugarte, JoseEuzkadi Europa 93M60I18 07 191912ESP
Chaundy, JohnSeveralles ChallengeT34V19 06 37202GBR
van Hagen, SimonSeatalkM40IV19 11 19213NED
Mouligné, Jean-PierreVetrotex CertainteedM44III20 08 00221FRA
Malingri, VittorioMoana 60M60I20 10 102313ITA
Danforth, MurrayFlying TurtleM35V21 05 41243USA
Kleinjans, MichelRucanor SportM30VI21 05 50251BEL
Bouchacourt, JacquesNew YorkerM40IV21 08 01264FRA
Falk, MaryQIIM35V21 15 14274GBR
Adams, BobJulieM34V21 17 30285USA
Black, SteveCaribbeanM40IV21 22 40295USA
Andersen, JensBlue BearM39IV22 04 32306DEN
Slezic, IvanMir 2M40IV23 11 43317CAN
de Gruyter, CeesRight MeasureM40IV23 14 03328NED
Melis, MauroProspect of la SpeziaM30VI25 03 24332ITA
Sisk, EdGlobal WarningM50II26 08 56345USA
Manzoli, FrancoAlberobello by VelscafM30VI26 20 30353ITA
Dunkerly, MichaelMother GooseM40IV27 00 45369GBR
Yazykov, ViktorLaguna British FriendlyM29VI27 00 59374RUS
Mitchell, HarryMitakM39IV27 06 433810GBR
Freeman, JerryAlice‘s MirrorM29VI27 07 52395GBR
Oppizzi, GuidoJoutsenM33V27 18 34406ITA
Bezemer, HenkLJ HarriM25VI28 05 26416NED
Stricker, GeorgeRight Angle Club TableM35V28 07 48427USA
Malingri, FrancoMoana 27T27VI28 08 02437ITA
Beggs, BobSharing the ChallengeC26VI28 16 48448GBR
Petersen, NealStella RM38IV28 17 244511RSA
Bourgeois, FrancisDroits des Générations FuturesM36IV28 21 384612FRA
Chapman, ColinDeerhoundM50II30 09 00476IRL
Leek, TrevorCorkscrewM28VI31 17 12489GBR
Sergent, MarieLadyhawkM30VI31 19 324910FRA
Crowther, PeterGalway BlazerM42III32 21 42502GBR
Boyd, FraserAeglosM35V33 20 01518GBR
Hristova, PetiaNordM25VI35 06 285211BUL
Brinkmann, KarlLittle FritzzzM26VI36 22 575312GER
Sinnett-Jones, DavidZane SprayM36IV40 03 045413GBR
Richey, MikeJesterM25VI45 15 145513GBR
Arthaud, FlorencePierre 1erT60ICapsizedFRA
Poupon, PhilippeFleury Michon XIT60IDamagedFRA
Maurel, JeanAllianz Via AssurancesT60IDamagedFRA
Ravez, FranckSalsaM29VIInjuredFRA
Walwyn, PhilipWorld Ship TrustM30VIInjuredSKN
van der Zee, WijtzeMagic BreezeM45IIIInjuredNED
Scully, DavidStar of La TrinitéT40IVDamagedUSA
Carpente, FJet SeaT50IIDamagedFRA
Fayolle, GérardLot et Garonne IIC45IIIDamagedFRA
de Neef, GerritHappynessM33VDamagedNED
Deasy, RobinSpirit of IrelandT60IDamagedIRL
Ganssle, JackAmber 2M35VDismastedUSA