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10th May 2020

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In an interview published in Tip and Shaft, Conrad Humphreys expressed his disappointment at the move of the Transat start to France.  The Transat was part of Plymouth's 400th anniversary celebration of the sailing of the Mayflower. It was to link Plymouth to Charleston which in turn is due to celebrate its 350th anniversary and its links to England. Some...

The Royal Western Yacht Club of England, the organizing authority of the OSTAR and TWOSTAR confirms that it will again run its transatlantic races in 2020 as it has done every four years since the first race in 1960.  These Races from Plymouth to Newport Rhode Island will continue to be sailed as originally envisaged by Cockleshell hero Blondie Hasler,...

Worldwide Entries and Interest for the OSTAR and TWOSTAR 2020   It is now only a year until The Royal Western Yacht Club of England celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first OSTAR (The Original Single Handed Transatlantic Race), this being the first organised singlehanded transoceanic race.   2020 is 16th edition of the OSTAR and the 7th edition of the TWOSTAR and...

OSTAR competitor Ertan Beskardes visited the club today ahead of the race next May. He's currently in Plymouth preparing for the AZAB race which starts on 1st June this year. Ertan (the tall one) is seen here with Neil Dunkley, Race Director, Iain Smith, Assistant Race Director and Vianney Searle, PR & Marketing Executive....

We are delighted to be able to announce that we have today received our first lady OSTAR entry! To coincide with International Women's Day, OSTAR veteran Kass Schmitt has entered with her Humphreys designed yacht, ZEST. This is the 8th entry for this iconic race which starts on Sunday May 10th 2020....

We have today received our seventh entry for OSTAR 2020! Markus Moser from Switzerland has entered with his Luffe Yacht 45 - LIFGUN. Entrants so far: Peter Bourke - RUBICON - Outbound 44 Mervyn Wheatley - ARETHUSA of YEALM - Bowman 40 Richard Lett - VELOCITY GIRL - Koopmans 32 Krystain Szypka - HALLELUJAH - Delphia 46DS Ertan Beskardes - LAZY OTTER - Rustler 36 Thomas Amory -...

Mervyn Wheatley has confirmed his entry for the 60th anniversary edition of the Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) departing Plymouth for Newport, Rhode Island, on the 10th May, 2020. This race celebrates the anniversary of the first OSTAR sailed in 1960, a race conceived by Cockleshell hero Blondie Hasler and run by the Royal Western Yacht Club of England (RWYC),...

Plymouth yachtsman Conrad Humphreys has joined the OSTAR 2020 team as ‘race ambassador’. Conrad competed in the TRANSAT in 2004 onboard the Open 60 Hellomoto before going on to finish 7th in the Vendee Globe race. He recently completed a remarkable feat of navigation as he piloted a 23ft open boat 3600 miles through the Pacific over 60 grueling days following in...

American Peter Bourke is the first competitor to enter the next Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) organised by the Royal Western Yacht Club. The 16th edition of the OSTAR, sailing from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island, starts on 25 May 2020. Peter is no stranger to the OSTAR having raced it before in 2009. He suffered several gear failures, losing his headsail...

Peter Bourke is the first skipper to confirm his entry to the 2020 OSTAR.  Peter has again entered Rubicon, an Outbound 44 mono, which he previously sailed in the 2009 OSTAR. His last crossing was made harder by early equipment failures – losing his wind vane and autopilot as well as suffering rigging problems. He made the brave decision to continue...