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Since 1960, every four years the Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) is sailed from Plymouth, England, to Newport, Rhode Island, USA. The next real OSTAR is in 2013. I intend to take part in it. For the time being, a virtual OSTAR 2010 may be a good opportunity to practice. The OSTAR is the only transatlantic race still open for amateurs only. It's a race with mostly adverse conditions; against wind and currents and with the risk of meeting icebergs and weeklong fog on the Grand Banks. The race is about 2800 Nm long and takes between 3 and 4 weeks. As true amateurs would, I propose to sail the race with a standard production yacht of between 30 and 40 feet overall length. Traditionally, the OSTAR starts on the 25th of May.
Hope you like my proposal.
Michel Capel / SY AlabamaQueen

--- Last Edited by Alabama Queen at 2010-03-26 22:34:49 ---
I'll start working on a polar for Jester.
That would be great and truely original, but slow. It might take 5 or 6 weeks to cross. And the original Jester (modified Folkboat) would be too small to participate in the real OSTAR because she's under 30' length. Perhaps a Class 40 would be an idea. The fun with these boats is that a very southern transatlantic course may be feasible when the winds are following in these regions. The field of players may thus be scattered out over a very wide region.

--- Last Edited by Alabama Queen at 2010-03-27 12:27:49 ---
awww... hehe. Not a classic rerun of the Observer version then?

We've got a nice collection of suitable boats. None with pram hoods though ;-)

(for those wondering what we're talking about: google-images "jester hasler"... One of the defining amateur sailboats.

--- Last Edited by 76Trombones at 2010-03-27 16:18:26 ---
We might race in Jesters, but people might get bored because it might take 6 weeks to cross.
We did the OSTAR here last May, and if I recall correctly the RL boats were shown in the client as well. Jakob provided a polar, the OSTAR 35ft class and I thought it took forever and then some to get to the finish line. The leaderboard says I came in 455th place in a race that was won by Brainaid.

http://www.sailonline.org/races/140/leaderboard/

Philip
Philip, good that you mention this; I wasn't aware there had already been a virtual OSTAR.

Michel
Yes, we did OSTAR last year. The real life boats were plotted on the chart everytime they gave positions.
We did teh race in a 35 footer, and it took under three weeks to finish.
My brother raced in the real race and it was quite thrilling to race against him virtually. He had access to email so we were able to "briefly" discuss how the virtual sailors were going against the real sailors.
For the record I beat him to the finish, but I think the polar we used was faster then his JOD35.

JB
There is no reason, why we shouldn't sail in a mixed fleet race (see Jakobs students race), as long as we agree with a yardstick system - as IRL as possible. There is only little changes on the leaderboard to be done - just to make the ranking within the classes more transparent. Together with a smart predictor this would be my first preference for improving the game.

The oportunity using "historic" polars is just thrilling. Thanks for your effort 76.

my 2€cent
StuArt/Berth
There is no reason, why we shouldn't sail in a mixed fleet race (see Jakobs students race), as long as we agree with a yardstick system - as IRL as possible. There is only little changes on the leaderboard to be done - just to make the ranking within the classes more transparent. Together with a smart predictor this would be my first preference for improving the game.

The oportunity using "historic" polars is just thrilling. Thanks for your effort 76.

my 2€cent
StuArt/Berth

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