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Royal Western Yacht Club Confirms the MailASail OSTAR & TWOSTAR races are ‘all systems go’

Start date; May 9th 2021.

The Royal Western Yacht Club of England is pleased to confirm that the 2021 edition of the OSTAR and TWOSTAR races are to go ahead as planned.

Following continual communication with the Newport Yacht Club, our Finishing hosts, we are confident that we can provide a COVID safe start and finish to the race.

Chris Arscott, Commodore of the RWYC, said, “The OSTAR has been a breeding ground for some of the world’s best known and most successful sailors including Sir Francis Chichester, Eric Tabarly & Loick Peyron. In 2007 the race returned to its Corinthian roots and has continued to offer the stars of the future a springboard as the toughest amateur / semi pro solo races there is. This year will be no different with what is already a strong list of entries. “

The 60th edition is further recognised for its challenges as numerous entries are planning to compete as their qualifying passage and training for the Global Solo Challenge – the solo non-stop round the world event whichstarts in 2023. The GSC does not demand a race qualifier for their entries, but the rigours of the OSTAR can provide a platform for them to test themselves and their boats ahead of their global adventure.

Being just over 3000 nautical miles and coming into contact with dense fog, icebergs and the Grand Banks off Newfoundland, the OSTAR is probably the most demanding of any of the amateur yacht races in the world.

Provision has also been made in the NoR to ensure COVID does not cost our competitors financially.

For those wishing to enter the OSTAR or TWOSTAR, please contact the RWYC on as soon as possible. There is a potential delay allowance window of 3 weeks should this be required based on COVID restrictions. Should the race need to have an extended postponement at short notice due to COVID then full refunds will be offered.

‘Intent to enter’ emails should be sent to

Entry form coupled with deposits are required to secure entry

For further information and entry please go to

For more information on the global solo challenge, please go to

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