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.

OSTAR 1996

SkipperYachtTypeLOAClassH/capElapsed TimeCorrectd TimeET PlaceClass PlaceCorr PlaceNation
Peyron, LoïckFujicolor IIT60I10 10 0511FRA
Vatine, PaulRégion Haute NormandieT60I10 13 0522FRA
Birch, MikeBiscuits La TrinitaineT60I14 12 5533CAN
Roufs, GerryGroupe LG2M60I15 14 5044CAN
Hall, JoshGartmore Investment ManagerM60I16 15 5665GBR
Malingri, VittorioAnicaflashM60I16 19 2476ITA
Laurent, HervéGroupe LG1M60I17 00 5487FRA
Dumont, EricCafé Legal Le GoutM60I17 01 1198FRA
Chabaud, CatherineWhirlpool - Vital - Europe 2M60I17 06 43109FRA
Thomas, Alan WynneElan SifoM60I18 18 141410GBR
Gunst, DirkTomidiM57I19 19 451611BEL
Soldini, GiovanniTelecom ItaliaM50II15 18 2951ITA
Goss, PeterAqua QuorumM50II17 08 08112GBR
Cléris, HervéCLMT50II17 10 10133FRA
Vaughan, NiahJimroda IIM50II19 22 57174GBR
Quix, WolfgangWolfie's ToyM50II20 01 45205GER
Andre, MichelDix de LyonM46II24 03 47286FRA
Pelletier, AlainOiseau de la PluieM48II30 09 22387FRA
Brutger, AlanMountain Sky MagicM45III19 14 22151GBR
Bianchetti, SimoneMerit CupM45III20 21 35222ITA
Rubright, PhilShamwariM44III22 13 17273USA
le Youdec, RenaudKiss me QuickM40III27 08 00334FRA
Leek, TrevorMollymawkT40IV17 09 44121GBR
Bouchacourt, JacquesNew YorkerM40IV20 00 23192FRA
Hampton, DesmondRocM40IV22 00 30253GBR
Petersen, NealProtect our SealifeM40IV25 09 33304RSA
Harrison , GrahamCycloneM38IV25 19 45325GBR
Evans, DavidRatsoM40IV30 00 52366USA
Buys, BertusSea BerylM40IV30 04 42377NED
Newman, CaroleIndependent FreedomM39IV32 02 50398GBR
Eckhardt, AlexTaurusM36IV38 16 31409NED
Falk, MaryQIIM35V19 22 57181GBR
Kleinjans, MichelP M CharlesM30VI20 14 58211BEL
Scully, DavidHot Glue GunM30VI21 12 07232USA
Tellarini, FabrizioMegapteraM30VI21 23 20243ITA
Manzoli, FrancoGolfo TigullioM30VI22 01 30264ITA
Beggs, BobClarks Active AirC26VI24 15 05295GBR
Nollet, RonnyLuneborgM29.5VI25 10 05316BEL
Crochemore, JacquesSenseïM28VI27 21 59347FRA
Hatfield, DerekGizmoM30VI28 11 20358CAN
Datchev, DatchoChanceM30VI43 13 00419GBR
Richey, MikeJesterM25VI56 10 544210GBR
Bourgnon, LaurentPrimagazT60ICapsizedFRA
Coad, BrianRaasay of MelfortM34VRetiredIRL
Parlier, YvesAquitaine InnovationsM60IDismastedFRA
Joyon, FrancisBanque PopulaireT60ICapsizedFRA
Crowther, PeterGalway BlazerM42IIISankGBR
Dunkerly, MichaelMother GooseM40IVRetiredGBR
Jaheny, MichelChivas 3M40IVRetiredFRA
Andersen, Jens AlsFenrisM40IVDamagedDEN
Verger, DanielOl'GoudM35VDismastedFRA
Malingri, FrancoStar TrekT33VRetiredITA
Tortolani, GianfrancoCittà di SalernoM30VIRetiredITA
Stricker, GeorgeRapscallionM45IIIRetiredUSA
Brinkmann, KarlFritzzzM40IVRetiredGER
Uphues, HerbertTramp VIM29VIRetiredGER
Wright, ShermanAndromedaM27VIRetiredUSA
van de Wijgerd, JohannesOff CourseM31VRetiredNED