Press Release

Royal Western Yacht Club
of England

1st September 2015

OSTAR and TWOSTAR combine start for 2017

The Royal Western Yacht Club has announced a combined start date for the Corinthian Yachtsman's two most iconic trans-Atlantic races. The OSTAR (The Original Single-handed Transatlantic Race) founded by Cockleshell hero Blondie Hasler in 1960 and run every four years since and the TWOSTAR, first held in 1981, will both start from Plymouth heading for Newport RI on 29th May 2017.
Event Chairman and former OSTAR Race Director, John Lewis, explained: “We believe there are many amateur yachtsman who want to achieve what is still considered the Everest of singlehanded sailing, also interest in two handed racing is on the increase. It therefore makes sense to combine the logistics and administration of the two events making them both financially viable for the RWYC and our partner the Newport Yacht Club in America. In addition there will be no increase in entry fees from past events”
The last winner of both the OSTAR and TWOSTAR races and 2016 Vendee Globe competitor Italian Andrea Mura, commented: “Racing across the three thousand miles of the North Atlantic is the ultimate short-handed challenge. For me both these events have provided invaluable experience so that I could progress in our sport.”
The RWYC, established in 1827, is proud to remain the only yacht club organising trans-ocean shorthanded racing. These events have produced some of the world’s greatest yachtsmen including Eric Tabarly, Loick Peyron, Ellen MacArthur and Mike Golding.
International interest in these races is already building with over twenty skippers from ten different countries on the short list.

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Two Handed Transatlantic Race

The Royal Western Yacht Club are delighted to announce the relaunch of the Two Handed Transatlantic Race, which will start on Sunday 3rd June 2012  from Plymouth and finish in Newport, Rhode Island. The race, also sometimes known as TWOSTAR, will be open to boats between 27 and 60 ft and there will also be a separate class for Class 40’s.

The first edition of this race was in 1981 and ran until 1994 and has been won by some well-known yachtsmen including Chay Blyth, Rob James, Laurent Bourgnon and Cam Lewis.

This race will be run in partnership with Newport Yacht Club. Past Commodore, Norm Bailey, of the Newport Yacht Club writes “All of us at the NYC are thrilled with the return of this race and we look forward seeing old friends in Newport, the sailing capital of the world. We can promise you an experience never to be forgotten”.

The race will be supported by the Rhode Island State Yachting Committee and the city of Newport . Chairman of the RISYC, Robin Wallace, commented that “The Rhode Island State Yachting Committee is delighted to hear of the plans for the Twostar returning to Newport in 2012 and looks forward to supporting the Royal Western Yacht Club of England and the Newport Yacht Club when the competitors arrive”.

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Royal Western Yacht Club of England