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New round the world yacht race announced

A new around the world yacht race is to take place, starting from and finishing at Plymouth, UK.

The WORLDSTAR yachting event will be organised by The Royal Western Yacht Club and open to all solo and double handed boats between 35ft and 60ft that have completed a 2,000-mile qualification passage in the allotted timeframe.

“As we know, The Royal Western Yacht Club was the very first club to introduce short-handed and fully crewed offshore and oceanic racing,” said club commodore and race director, Chris Arscott.

“We want to complete the offering by launching this unique and ultimate test of seamanship to complement the OSTAR TWOSTAR and the RB&I, an opportunity for those sailors who want to take on the World in their own boat without the need to spend huge amounts of money.”

RWYC vice commodore Adrian Gray explained that The RWYC has developed the WORLDSTAR to appeal to sailors who want to complete a circumnavigation in their own boat, rating on IRC or non-rated, without an extensive qualification process.

“It is our intention to help as many sailors as possible with the required experience to achieve their dream at a reasonable level of investment, with the confidence of knowing that one of the worlds most experienced oceanic yacht clubs is with them in their quest to conquer their Everest,” he said.

“This will become part of a very tough, three-star Challenge, along with the OSTAR and TWOSTAR.”

The WORLDSTAR start is scheduled for September 2026, with the course starting from Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, around Antarctica to starboard and return to Plymouth Sound for the finish.

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