Thursday, September 10, 2009

Jester Challenge 2010

Preparations are under way for the 2010 Jester Challenge. This is a transatlantic race for boats 30 feet and under. It is organized in honor of Blondie Hasler, who sailed a modified junk-rigged Folkboat, Jester, in the 1960 and 1964 OSTAR races from Plymouth, England to New York. Hasler was also an early pioneer of wind-powered self-steering for yachts.

2010 will be the third running of the race which is held every two years and runs from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island. There are currently 93 entries. Occasional exemptions are made so that boats slightly over 30 feet can participate.

There are links to some of the entries blogs and web pages. If you are interested in offshore, small boat cruising these sites can be very interesting. Entered boats include Twisters, Folkboats, Westerlys, Contessas and many others. A great example blog is World Wide Waites, which details the preparation of the Red Admiral.

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