461 Days to go – Lifgun is preparing for the Ostar 2020
2020 will be a very special edition of the Ostar race (https://rwyc.org/ostar/competitors/) . On May 10’th Plymouth not only celebrates 60 years Ostar, it is also 400 years ago since the Mayflower untied for her first sail to America, they intended to make landfall in Virginia but finally they ended up in Cape Cod. They Mayflower left Plymouth September 6’th 1620, aboard 102 passengers (Pilgrims) and around 30 crew. Also on May 10’th, the Transat will start together with the Ostar race (www.thetransat.com), which means that also the big guys will be around!! The Transat is open for Class 40, Multi 50, Imoca 60s and Ultimes. Big show for sure!
If I pondering about the route and the event, two major thoughts popping up…. First, the route is very similar to the one which was made by the TITANIC. Titanic left Southampton on April 10’th 1912 and was heading towards New York. She sunk on April 15’th around 300 nautical miles east of Newfoundland by hitting an Iceberg. The second thought goes to the Ostar / Twostar race 2017. The whole fleet was facing the perfect storm, a huge and developing low over the North Atlantic made them to sail into a really big storm. From fifteen boats started in the Ostar, only 5 arrived in Newport. In the Twostar group only two out of six arrived in Newport. Also the small sister of Lifgun, Furia (a Luffe 37) have been lost in the North Atlantic (https://t.co/gzlyVYeHYy). Enough history for today…let’s move forward! I’ll keep you posted!