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ONEº15 B​rooklyn ​Bridge M​arina


Prestigious race returns for the first time in eight years to international sailing calendar and returns to New York for the first time since its 1960 inception

The Transat, the first and oldest single-handed trans-ocean race in history, is heading to New York City and will culminate at the new ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, race organisers and rights holders OC Sport, announced today.

The marina will be an Official Host Venue Partner to the race alongside Plymouth, UK and is located in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park opposite Manhattan. It’s the newest marina to be built in New York City and is currently under construction with a grand opening set for Spring 2016 to be marked by this iconic and exciting race.

“We are thrilled to kick off our grand opening season by hosting the finish of this iconic and historic sailing race,” said Arthur Tay, Chairman of SUTL Group, the majority owner of the Brooklyn marina and the visionary behind the ONE°15 Marina brand.

“Our goal in designing this marina was to offer an unparalleled level of access to the water for the local Brooklyn community, New Yorkers, and boating enthusiasts from around the globe. The prestigious Transat race will certainly bring a wide audience to the waterfront in Brooklyn and solidify its place as a sought-after international sailing destination.”ONEº15 B​rooklyn ​Bridge M​arina

It seems only natural that the city that never sleeps should host this race. As many involved in sailing will know, there is no predicting what time the boats will arrive, so at least we can count on New York to be awake should the skippers dock in at 4am.

“We are extremely happy to announce ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina as our Host Venue Partner for The Transat’s exciting finish,” said Hervé Favre, The Transat’s Event Director.

“The marina will have many promising features but a key one for us, as organisers, is that the entire fleet will be able to stay together in one place, which I believe is unprecedented in New York for a multi classes event including giant multihulls. This is a game-changer for New York Harbour, and I believe The Transat will be the first of many races to come to this state-of-the art marina,” added Favre.

The Transat charts a course from Plymouth in the United Kingdom to New York, a dangerous route that tests the best single-handed sailors in the world to their limits. Returning for the first time in eight years, the race is set to cement its status as one of the most important and prestigious events on the international sailing calendar.

The Transat is scheduled to depart from Plymouth on the 2nd May 2016 with ONEº15 Brooklyn Marina expecting the first boat around the 9th May. There are four classes of boats in the race, the fastest of which are some of the most spectacular multihulls in world sailing.

The race has not visited New York since its first year in 1960 and makes it first triumphant return to the city at this new state-of-the-art marina. ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina is ideally located between Piers 4 and 5 in the lush and beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85‐acre sustainable waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. The creation of the marina furthers the Park’s mission of making the waterfront more accessible to the public.

The Transat promises astonishing sporting performances and fascinating stories of human drama as the skippers take on the North Atlantic on one of the most treacherous routes known to sailing.

The Notice of Race is now available and entries are open for teams interested in competing. Please visit for more information.


About The Transat

The OSTAR (Observer Singlehanded Trans-Atlantic Race) was created in 1960 by a handful of pioneering sailors. The race was organised every four years by the Royal Western Yacht Club (RWYC) from 1960 through to the 2000 event, albeit with a lot of involvement from the French event organiser Pen Duick in the 90s, in order to cater for the demands of the professional campaigns that dominated the event. After the 2000 edition, OC Sport stepped in to develop the event and acquired the rights to the professional part. OC Sport organised The Transat in 2004 and 2008, the 2012 edition was deferred at the request of IMOCA (the largest competing class).

The RWYC continues to organise a solo transatlantic race for Corinthian and non-professional sailors that is still known as the (O)STAR,. This race usually falls a year after the professional big boat race i.e. 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017. Both the amateur Yacht Club event and The Transat have the right to link to the history of the original race created in 1960, and to the rich history it has produced.

The first race was competed by just a handful of pioneering sailors including Francis Chichester and Blondie Hasler who coined the phrase: “One man, one boat, the ocean.” There has been tragedy, dramatic rescues and exceptional drama since the race began in 1960. Over time The Transat, as it is known today, has evolved and now serves the professional end of offshore sailing. But there are few modern day races that can reflect on such a long and outstanding history.

Monohull IMOCA 60 record: 12 days, 11 hours and 45 minutes set by Loick Peyron (FRA) on board Gitana in 2008. Multihull 60ft record: 8 days, 8 hours, 29 minutes set by Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) on board Géant in 2004.

OC Sport is a global sports marketing and events company specialising in professional sailing and outdoor events ranging from running, cycling and winter sports. OC Sport organise the award-winning and original stadium racing event, the Extreme Sailing Series; created and manage the Artemis Offshore Academy – the only UK-based training school for solo sailors; and managed the Dongfeng Race Team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

About ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina

ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, Brooklyn’s gateway to New York Harbor, is a new marina that will offer unparalleled water access to the local Brooklyn community, New Yorkers, and boating enthusiasts from around the globe. Located just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Marina will feature an exceptional community program that will make boating and kayaking available to residents of all ages, abilities, and incomes as well as seasonal docking facilities of the highest quality, a Sailing Club & School and a Harbor Club. An integral hub of community activity, primely located along Brooklyn’s resurgent waterfront, this new facility will be a part of the vibrant Brooklyn Bridge Park and offer the calmest marina basin in New York Harbor. A joint venture between majority owner SUTL Group and Edgewater Resources, the marina brings together the US design team responsible for the world’s “greenest marina” and the marina management skills of SUTL which earned ONE°15 Marina Singapore the title of Best Marina and Yacht Club in Asia (2009, 2012-2014). For more information:



OSTAR (Photo by Colin Merry)

Challenge and Adventure’s Colin Merry in Plymouth for the start of the Ostar Transatlantic Race.

The eagerly anticipated OSTAR (Original Single-handed Trans Atlantic Race) 2009 will set off from Plymouth on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May.  The skippers are undertaking their final preparations before commencing on their 2,800 mile journey to Rhode Island, USA.   Challenge and Adventure’s Correspondent has been in Plymouth checking out the fleet and will be onhand to bring you coverage and Images of the start on May 25th.

Here are his thoughts on the event today “The overwhelming thought in my mind as I wander amongst the boats taking part in this Ostar is ”they have gotten larger since the last race”. The open forties looking short compared to some! Not only larger but very much more race oriented!

The usual signs of last minute activity, storing up,  repairs and late modifications were all  in evidence. The weather this weekend will be more of the same as today. Good settled weather ensuring a hopefully trouble free send off on Bank holiday Monday. A chance for the Skippers to relax and get to know each other on Friday as they are all invited to Pentillie Castle in Cornwall for cocktails and a BBQ. Then Sunday will be a chance for us (the press) to get a group shots of all participants.
More as it all unfolds, Colin Merry for C&A.

Photos By Colin Merry

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Thirty-four boats are expected at the start line at Queen Anne’s Battery, Plymouth, home to the hosts of the race, the Royal Western Yacht Club. H.R.H, The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T. will be starting the race at 12.30pm from the Trinity House Vessel, Galatea.

Competitors from all over the globe have entered, with entrants from as far afield as the USA, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Holland and of course, the United Kingdom. Each competitor has been supported by award-winning whisky favourite, Talisker, which has provided them with a bottle for their solo Atlantic crossing. With strong, prevailing winds, an adverse Gulf Stream, hazardous icebergs and dense fog, the drink is sure to be a welcome luxury.

It is expected that the boats will move out from Queen Anne’s Battery Marina into Plymouth Sound at around 10.30am in preparation for the race start. All are welcome to see the boats set sail, with the best views to be found on the historic Barbican, near the Mayflower Steps, or from the Hoe.


David Southwood, Race Director of OSTAR 2009, commented: “With just a week left until the race start you can really feel the tension building. This is one of the most exciting events in the maritime calendar and the world will be watching the progress of the skippers. The RWYC is also thrilled to have Talisker whisky supporting the race and providing the competitors with a bottle for their crossing.”

Brand Manager for Talisker, Steve Wood, comments: “We’re delighted to be the first ever official whisky of OSTAR as it is such an iconic race within the calendar and presents us with a great opportunity to build on Talisker’s heritage with the sea. We send our best wishes and fair winds to all of those taking part in the race!”

The Royal Western Yacht Club has organised a number of spectator boats which have spaces available to the public. These will depart from the Barbican at 10.30am and return at 2pm, providing spectacular views across the Sound and of the competitors. Tickets cost just £6 for children and £12 for adults.

The OSTAR, run exclusively by the Royal Western Yacht Club since its inception in 1960, is the Original Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race. This event, which is the oldest solo ocean race in history and Corinthian in nature, is primarily for amateur sailors and aspiring professionals and follows in the tradition of the original ‘half crown’ bet between Blondie Haslar and Francis Chichester. The OSTAR 2009 will be the thirteenth edition of the race and follows the traditional route from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island.