Welcome to Team Oscar, the web site of one of Britan’s top solo and short-handed sailors. 2009 was a great year with success in the singlehanded transatlantic race (OSTAR), the race which started off singlehanded yacht racing in the 1960s.
Oscar was the youngest ever competitor to enter (18 at the start), but, in his own words “to be the youngest starter, that’sd do-able, to be the youngest ever finisher, that’s harder!” After 22 days at sea solo, and having sailed through the ice fields of Nova Scotia, the 30-foot waves of the North Atlantic and the fog of the Grand Banks, Oscar duly finished. He was 7th across the finish line and 5th overall on handicap from the 31 starters, despite sailing one of the smallest boats in the race.
Oscar is one of the UK’s top up and coming solo and shorthanded sailors, despite the fact that he is only 21.
As the youngest ever competitor in the OSTAR (3,000 miles from Plymouth UK to Newport USA across the North Atlantic) Oscar posted a great result of 2nd in class and 6th overall.
Oscar has a long term goal to be a race-winning contender on the start line of the race all single handers want to compete in, the Vendee Globe round the World Race. Oscars target is 2016!
Oscars 2008 season featured 5 race wins in the Royal Southampton Yacht Clubs 2-handed series (and 1st overall in Class 1 after the 8 race series) as well as winning the “Rookie of the year Trophy in Petite Bateau’s Singlehanded Race Week.
In 2009 Oscar did the OSTAR as well as doing bow on the winning boat in the highly competitive Etchells class, British National Championships.