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post #4543 of Old 06-14-2013
Joe Cooper
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Re: Interesting Sailboats

OSTAR is a Run wot ya brung? Exactly! Jester, gipsy moth what ever number, a 19 footer (pre mini, mini even before sopranino) a folk boat and a vertue. The time spread between
Chichester and le comb was about 40 days I reckon so arguements about the non race aspects of the present edition does no justice to the race, its history or the competitors. Is it s race? Come to Newport and tellRichard Lett and Jack Sandberg that they were not in a race. I'd be interested to hear their response.
Yes the mini t is a great ever but frankly it too has progresses a long way from Bob Salmons original idea.Agree the minis in particular and solo offshore racing in general offer much more to the average weekend warrior than Larry's Great Adventure. For more on this read wind check mag one or two issues ago-coops corner. Oh BTW David Raison is a naval archeticht, hardly the average bear Hasler had in mind. Cheers cooper
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