Welcome to AZAB 2015, the 2,400 mile ocean race, in the unlikely event of you sailing in a straight line!
Having enjoyed my first AZAB Race in 2011, I now find myself as Race Director of 2015.
Colin Drummond a founder /competitor of the AZAB in 1973 has passed the Race Director baton to me and has threatened to race again in 2015.
It is an international ocean race for all comers, from experienced yachtsmen sailing 60 footers to the inexperienced guys like me with smallish boats. I had never raced my Moody 336 or sailed further than Brittany!
About my OSTAR campaign. Thanks to Stefan Detjen from WAVE Magazin!Ralph Villiger an der OSTAR 2013Am 27. Mai 2013 startet Ralph Villiger mit seiner von Ed Dubois gezeichneten Yacht Ntombifuti an der OSTAR-Einhandregatta.
72 years ago "Operation Rheinübung" with German battleship Bismarck started.
I am at the Royal Western Yacht Club and already met 4 co-OSTARists. Still a week of work ahead of me, but glad I don't have to carry any dufflebags with dead bodies around airports and train stations anymore.
Tonight the last night on dry land for about 3 1/2 months.
Only 9 days to go. Last day on the old continent for a while.
Now only 3 out of 19 remain to qualify, whereof Vento di Sardegna is expected to qualify with his delivery to Plymouth.
Just discovered this by chance. Picture of Ntombifuti in her earliest days at Elephant Boatyard.Story about Ntombifuti in the brand new Wave Magazine
Vento di Sardegna rounding Cape Finisterre, meanwhile out of AIS range again.Entrants approaching