Please select your home edition
Craftinsure 2012

OSTAR and TWOSTAR in 2020

by Vianney Searle 23 Apr 15:36 BST
Original Single Handed Transatlantic Race ©

With the start of the next Original Single Handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) and Two Handed Transatlantic Race (TWOSTAR) just a year away, entries and enquiries are flooding in.

With the scheduled start in Plymouth UK in May 2020 alongside the TRANSAT, this promises to be a very special event with both corinthian and professional racers gathering together to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of single handed oceanic racing.

Initiated in 1960 by Blonde Hasler and the Royal Western Yacht Club of England who remain the race organising authority, the first race saw just five boats compete. This race was won by Sir Francis Chichester with the second race being won by the legendary Eric Taberly. Entries swelled to 125 boats in 1976 before the professional element of the race split to form the TRANSAT in 2004. The Corinthian element continued to race every four years in the OSTAR with the RWYC.

Today the OSTAR (now run together with its twohanded sister TWOSTAR), has received entries from the USA, UK, Poland, Switzerland. Some are first timers eager to fulfil a life long ambition to race the north Atlantic, while others are either those that have a desire to better their previous times or some that see the race as a pathway to prove themselves for a career ahead in professional short handed yacht racing.

The RWYC welcomes applicants for entry to the 2020 OSTAR TWOSTAR. Entry Forms, the Notice Of Race and further details are available on the websites at and or by email: or

Related Articles

Celebrating 60 years of Short Handed Ocean Racing
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. Posted on 10 May
OSTAR & TWOSTAR set for May 2020
Royal Western Yacht Club's iconic ocean races The Royal Western Yacht Club is pleased to announce another edition of their iconic Oceanic Races, the OSTAR and TWOSTAR Transatlantic Race. Posted on 14 Sep 2018
Conrad Humphreys joins OSTAR 2020
Plymouth yachtsman becomes Race Ambassador 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. Posted on 22 Feb 2018
Next OSTAR and TWOSTAR editions sail in 2020
Celebrating 60 years of shorthanded racing by the RWYC At the prize giving ceremony for this year's transatlantic race winners the Royal Western Yacht Club announced the next editions of the OSTAR (the Original Singlehanded TransAtlantic Race) and the TWOSTAR (for two handed yachts) will sail in 2020. Posted on 31 Oct 2017
OSTAR and TWOSTAR combine start
For 2017 event starting in Plymouth The Royal Western Yacht Club has announced a combined start date for the Corinthian Yachtsman's two most iconic trans-Atlantic races. Posted on 6 Sep 2015
OSTAR celebrations in France this weekend
France celebrate Tabarlys win in the 1964 solo transatlantic This Sunday, 18th May the Eric Tabarly Museum in Lorient, France will be hosting a day of celebrations to mark the occasion of Eric Tabarly's participation and historic win in the 1964 solo transatlantic race, then known as the OSTAR. Posted on 16 May 2014
Andrea Mura wins OSTAR 2013
Italian skipper crosses finish line at Newport Rhode Island The mighty monohull Vento di Sardegna stormed across the finish line at Newport Rhode Island USA with the delighted and exhausted Italian skipper Andrea Mura at the helm to claim victory in the Royal Western Yacht Clubs OSTAR. Posted on 14 Jun 2013
A week to go until the OSTAR 2013
Amateur and professional sailors prepare A week from today (Monday, 20th May) the 14th OSTAR sailing race will leave Plymouth bound for Newport, Rhode Island. This classic event is a singlehanded transatlantic race that attracts a mix of amateur and professional sailors. Posted on 20 May 2013
OSTAR 2013 attracts 22 entries
Great mix of amateur and professional sailors The event covers in excess of 2,700 miles of ocean racing. Many previous competitors have gone onto compete in other high profile events such as the Vendée Globe. Posted on 29 Apr 2013
2009 OSTAR winner set to defend title
All set to leave Plymouth in little over four months time The fleet in this years Original Single-handed Transatlantic Race, OSTAR, is all set to leave Plymouth in little over four months from now on Monday 27th May. Posted on 11 Jan 2013