A Plymouth City Council spokesman said: “Two years ago we won a bid to host the Transat and have been working with OC Sport on the race programme since, so we are massively disappointed to see that these two years of planning – and a tradition spanning almost 60 years of hosting this race – has been cast aside.
“We are considering our options and will continue our work to support the development of Plymouth’s sailing events programme with the aim of connecting people to the ocean as part of the Mayflower Ocean Festival. We have an incredible tradition of offshore racing and will continue to build on this. We look forward to welcoming the Fastnet here later this summer and the OSTAR which are important fixtures in our packed events calendar.”
About the race:
The world’s first single-handed trans-Atlantic yacht race, was conceived in 1960 by Blondie Hasler and organised by the Royal Western Yacht Club (RWYC). It was named the OSTAR and was won by Sir Francis Chichester. Since then the RWYC has run the OSTAR every four years.
After 2000, the RWYC split the race into two events, the OSTAR – which is still organised by the RWYC. The professional version is called The TRANSAT and is organised by OC Sport Pen Duick. The race starting in May 2020 will mark the 60th anniversary for The OSTAR. The host city for the start of both races has always been Plymouth.
The OSTAR is unaffected by today’s announcement.