10 Feb MailASail is the New Title Sponsor for OSTAR/TWOSTAR 2020
The Royal Western Yacht Club of England will run its major transatlantic races, the Original Single-handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Two-handed Transatlantic Race (TWOSTAR), again in 2020.
The OSTAR/TWOSTAR Committee is delighted to announce MailASail as the title sponsor for the 2020 editions of these two races. This means that the next race will be called the MailASail OSTAR/TWOSTAR Race 2020. The OSTAR/TWOSTAR is a challenging 3,000 mile shorthanded trans-oceanic yacht race, taking place every four years. The start of the OSTAR has been brought in one year to mark the 60th anniversary of the first race run in 1960. The TWOSTAR will again sail in conjunction with the OSTAR. With the two races, we celebrate 60 years of shorthanded trans-oceanic racing.
The MailASail OSTAR/TWOSTAR 2020 will start on 10th May 2020 from Plymouth and will see the fleet race to Newport, RI.
The OSTAR and TWOSTAR have been the proving ground for many internationally famous yachtsmen and women. A race against the ocean as much as against other boats, this is a Corinthian event in which seamanship and the development of new techniques and equipment are paramount. The races are open to all: aspiring sponsored professionals in their highly tuned machines out to break records, family skippers in cruisers/racers intending to complete the Everest of sailing, and the ‘more experienced’ skippers in their blue-water boats just to get there again (preferably ahead of their rivals).
This thrilling adventure is a must for those wanting to push their sailing boundaries and take on a unique challenge, allowing participants to put both their boats and themselves against some of the greatest sailors of our time.
MailASail are specialists in coastal and offshore communications including WiFi, 4G and satellite connectivity. The company also supplies specialist communications equipment, including a range of iridium satellite phones, commonly used offshore to enable easy communication.
MailASail will be assisting with improving communication systems for all participants of the race, including facilitating on-board blog posts and updates, meaning that following the race will be even more exciting for participants and spectators alike. This will enable crews to share the highs and lows of their journey with their shore-side audience, as well as communicate with the race committee to find out how they are faring against their fellow competitors. This level of communication has not been used to such an extent in previous races, and looks set to bring a whole new dimension to the 2020 event.
MailASail OSTAR/TWOSTAR Race Director Neil Dunkley said: “Gone are the days when sailors set off to cross the oceans with little means of communication with friends and family until arriving at their destination. It is now expected that race followers can become ‘in the moment’ with skippers as they take on this challenge. MailASail offer such a facility and we are delighted to have them associated with our – 60th anniversary of oceanic short handed racing.”
MailASail Director Ed Wildgoose said: “We are thrilled to be associated with such an esteemed event in the ocean racing calendar and hope to become long-term supporters.”
The organisation behind the MailASail OSTAR/TWOSTAR 2020 is the Royal Western Yacht Club of England (RWYC). Founded in 1827, the RWYC is well known for managing single and double handed oceanic racing. From its waterside location in Plymouth England the Club has seen the very best of the worlds oceanic sailors come and go over a span of 60 years. The Club is very proud to have played a major role in the development of the sport not only technically but by being able to assist sailors to acquire the oceanic skill sets necessary to compete at a high level. Together this will be a great partnership.
To find out more about the OSTAR/TWOSTAR, and to secure your place, visit www.rwyc.org/oceanic-racing
To find out more about MailASail, visit www.mailasail.com