Following an update on Covid-19 compliance and revised restrictions, the Royal Western Yacht Club postponed the MailaSail OSTAR & TWOSTAR race. Now, the 60th Anniversary Race Entry List will officially re-open on 9 May.
The date is particularly symbolic as it was going to be the start day for the race. The new start date is confirmed as 15 May 2022.
Race director, Adrian Gray said; “Whilst postponing the race was a huge disappointment to all concerned, this has uncovered a significant number of entries who could not prepare for this year due to Covid restrictions not allowing them to visit and prep their boats or allow the opportunity to qualify themselves for the race, whether that be completing the various safety and first aid courses, or the sailing miles required to enter the race. Some current entries have rolled into next year’s start and we have been in constant communication with those who have expressed an interest in entering. Considering the number of sailors who we are in contact with, this Iconic race clearly continues to hold the imagination of the short-handed Corinthian, oceanic sailing world.”
The Royal Western Yacht Club has confirmed that the OSTAR2022 will remain as a recognised qualifying mile builder for the Global Solo Challenge (GSC) 2023/24. Further details can be found at https://globalsolochallenge.com.
Founder and director of the Global Solo Challenge, Marco Naninni said: The GSC does not demand that qualification for the event takes place in the context of a race. A qualifying passage can be a pre-approved single-handed and non-stop passage of no less than 2000 miles on the boat entered in the event. The rigours of the OSTAR can provide a platform for entries to test themselves and their boats ahead of their global adventure and as such would be an accepted qualifier for the GSC.”