Star-studded lineup to launch solo ocean challenge

The world’s oldest solo ocean challenge, the Original Single Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR), will be launching its 2009 race at 2pm on September 12th on the main stage at this year’s Southampton Boat Show. The star studded launch will boast a number of racing greats, including Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Mike Golding and Pete Goss.

This star studded launch is testament to the appeal of the race and its history of providing offshore yachtsmen with the ultimate challenge. Setting off from Plymouth, the competitors must battle the prevailing winds of the north Atlantic, travelling 3,000 nautical miles to Newport, Rhode Island. Up to 50 yachts take part in every race, which take place every four years.

David Southwood, Race Director of OSTAR 2009, commented: “We are incredibly excited about the 2009 race. It is the 13th edition and each time it becomes more exciting. We have some strong competitors already signed up and a few young contestants who will clearly become the sailors of the future.”

“The number of people willing to stand up and proudly announce the launch is testament to the importance of the race and the affection in which it is held. The Southampton Boat Show provides the perfect backdrop to announce the launch with more than 127,000 sailing fanatics set to attend.”

More info: OSTAR 2009 website