Over 30 singlehanded sailors started sailing in the OSTAR 2009 yacht race which started today. The skippers sailed out from Plymouth this afternoon on their 2,800 mile Atlantic crossing, sailing for Newport, Rhode Island, USA.



Sailing fans gathered to see H.R.H The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T start the race from aboard the Trinity House vessel, Galatea.

Sailing celebrities Mike Golding, Dee Caffari and Val Howells (competitor in the first OSTAR in 1960), were also there to support the racers.

After months of preparation and anticipation the skippers, ranging in age from 18 years to 68, will now face strong, prevailing winds, an adverse Gulf Stream, hazardous icebergs (south of the Sea of Labrador) and dense fog as they each battle to reach their destination.

With international OSTAR solo sailors from Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, the USA and the United Kingdom, the whole world will be watching their progress as will Sailboats and Sailing the World, who will be bringing you news from the race.

For now you can read more about the Ostar sailing race and Katie Miller here: Ostar

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  2. yachtspotter says:

    Can’t wait to hear the results! It’s an exciting one already it seems..what the princes and dukes that were there.

    Tally Ho! Keep us updated 🙂

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