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Contest 30 in de Ostar
« on: 15 June, 2007, 18:48:04 »
Als ik de folder van de 30 op de website bekijk van het "type Joshua", zie ik een hele stoere 30'er met een startnummer (182)op de romp en een grote windvaan achterop. De naam is Hesperia.
Volgens het onderschrift bij de foto is hij gemaakt bij de start van de Ostar.

Is er bij jullie bekend wie er toen mee voer?

Weet iemand van de oudere generatie misschien of de Contest ook heelhuids aan de overkant is gekomen?

Helaas heb ik geen waterkampioenen uit die tijd. Ik ben wel benieuwd naar de verhalen!
Contest zeiler sinds 1989!


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Re: Contest 30 in de Ostar
« Reply #1 on: 21 June, 2007, 12:49:02 »
Even een stukje geschiedenis over de Ostar, Ik weet niet in welk jaar de Contest 30 Hesperia heeft meegedaan, hoop dat iemand anders er meer van weet. We horen het graag.


The Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race was conceived by Francis Chichester and Herbert "Blondie" Hasler in 1956. The whole idea of a single-handed ocean yacht race race was a revolutionary concept at the time, as the idea was thought to be extremely impractical; but this was especially true given the adverse conditions of their proposed route ? a westward crossing of the north Atlantic Ocean, against the prevailing winds.

Chichester and Hasler sought sponsorship for a race, but by 1959, no-one had been prepared to back the race; the two men eventually decided that they would race for a half-crown bet if all else failed. Finally, though, The Observer newspaper provided sponsorship, and in 1960, under the management of the Royal Western Yacht Club of England, the Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race, or OSTAR, was on.

The first run of the race was a great success; since then, it has run every four years, and has become firmly established as one of the major events on the yachting calendar. The name of the event has changed several times due to changed in main sponsor; it has been known as the CSTAR, Europe 1 STAR, and the Europe 1 New Man STAR; the latest edition was run as The Transat. Throughout its history, however, the essentials of the race have remained the same. It has also become known as a testbed for new innovations in yacht racing; many new ideas started out in the STAR.

The Race

The course of the race is westwards against the prevailing winds of the north Atlantic over a distance of around 3,000 miles. The first edition of the race was from Plymouth to New York City; the editions from 1964 to 2000 were sailed from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island; the 2004 event sailed from Plymouth to Boston, Massachusetts.

The actual course steered is the decision of the individual skipper, and the result of the race can hinge on the chosen route:

Rhumb line 
The shortest route on paper ? i.e. on a Mercator projection chart ? is a route which steers a constant compass course, known as the rhumb line route; this is 2,902 nautical miles. This lies between 40 degrees and 50 degrees north, and avoids the most severe weather.

Great circle 
The actual shortest route is the great circle route, which is 2,810 nautical miles. This goes significantly farther north; sailors following this route frequently encounter fog and icebergs.

Northern route 
It is sometimes possible to avoid headwinds by following a far northern route, north of the great circle and above the track followed by depressions. This is a longer way, though, at 3,130 nautical miles, and places the sailor in greater danger of encountering ice.

Azores route  
A "softer" option can be to sail south, close to the Azores, and across the Atlantic along a more southerly latitude. This route can offer calmer reaching winds, but is longer at 3,530 nautical miles; the light and variable winds can also lead to slow progress.

Trade wind route 
The most "natural" way to cross the Atlantic westward is to sail south to the trade winds, and then west across the ocean. However, this is the longest route of all, at 4,200 nautical miles.
This variety of routes is one of the factors which makes an east-to-west north Atlantic crossing interesting, as different skippers try different strategies against each other. In practice, though, the winning route is usually somewhere between the great circle and the rhumb line.