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Joe Cooper
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Re: Interesting Sailboats

Re,OSTAR and proposed decline in "greatness" at the top of this thread, could not disagree more. Hasler proposed the race originally: "to encourage the development of suitable boats gear and techniques for single-handed ocean crossings under sail". This a direct quote from "Blondie" by Ewen sSouthby-Tailyour's, published by Leo Cooper 1998, 2003. The entries in years subsequent to 1960 all conformed to this goal.The historical fact that the Race gave birth to the entire single handed racing scene as we know it to day is a lasting tribute to Haslers vision. The fact that the Big Solo Races of today are in boats inconceivable in Haslers day is I suggest irreverent. Today's entrants are exercising the same learning and testing skill and in boats that I suggest would have Hasler smiling today. This race going on now is precisely the OSTAR. The development of "The Transat" by OC's Mark Tuner was in response to the "OSTAR getting to unwieldy and unsuited for the demands of a professional sport and in no way diminishes the present race.
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