Jester Challenge 2022

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  • 11 May 2022 20:55
    Reply # 12776459 on 12768690

    Eric:

         Thanks for clearing that up......  It conforms to what I had believed, and it's nice to know where the info is published.   I'd looked at the site, and not found what I was looking for.

          As often happens when looking for something online, I encountered  a blog by Steve Hickey (UK) about his efforts to ready his junk rigged Coromandel for the Jester Challenge 2014 and the various problems, etc.   A rather interesting tale including one instance when the RNLI virtually hijacked his boat forcing him to accept "rescue" and in the process virtually wrecked his boat.    A couple of adventures rounding The Lizard in rough water, and various mechanical failures as well as problems with his rig (nearly losing battens).... Made for interesting reading if you have some idle time.    ;-)  Enjoy.

    I presume he is known here... but I do not find his name in the member list.

    For Want Of A Lucky Charm?

    Here are before and after photos of the work of RNLI.... damage done in port!  Fortunately this crew seems to be the exception, not the rule   ;-)



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  • 10 May 2022 23:48
    Reply # 12775402 on 12768690
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bonsoir

    The Jester Challenge is issue from an Hasler idea of a non race with skippers who would leave Europe at the same moment under a gentlemen agreement. It would limit the need for sponsors, lawyers and organisation.
    In 2005, Jester was not allowed to sail the OSTAR, she was suddenly too small. While Mike Ritchey owned her she was invited but when he retired from the race and sold her, the organisation decided not to invite the new skipper.
    As a consequence a few skippers under the lead of Hasler’s biographer, Ewen Southby-Taylour launched the first Jester Challenge in 2006. The size of 30’ was the lower limit of the Jester Class of the OSTAR.
    They expected two or three boats to sail with Jester but 10 were on the starting line!


    You may found all the pasts Jester Challenges reports on the web site :
    https://jesterchallenge.wordpress.com/
    they are presented on a chronologic order under the « events » index.

    Eric

    PS: Last year, during the COVID mess, two Jester Challenge were sailed: a short one from UK to UK with a virtual mark offshore Ireland and an Azore one (it was the only event that was allowed to sail from UK to Azores).

  • 10 May 2022 14:41
    Reply # 12774601 on 12773656
    Anonymous wrote:

    Bonjour

    The OSTAR was a race (Observer Single Handed Transatlantic Race).

    The Jester Challenge is not a race there is mainly skippers on the starting line; that is the bigest challenge.Some arrive others not but it is not realy important and one of them arrive first but it doen't have any importance as such. Boats as so different in size and type.

    Chichester and Hasler would have done a bet of a half crown before the start.

    Hasler biographer doesn't trust it.

    At the first Jester Challenge there was a half crown bet betwenn the three smaller boats skippers. Only own of them arrived and he was granted by a half a crown price from the others.

    Chichester arrived in Newyork completly exhausted and Hasler arrived very fresh and relaxed and explained that he spent his time in slippers, drinking French wine and playing the Yukulele; he sailed a junk !

    Eric


         The 1960 race was definitely NOT the Jester Challenge, which was instituted quite a few years later out of frustration over the commercialization of the OSTAR which has continued to this day under various names, and involves a range of larger boats.  I believe 30' is the minimum size for the Ostar.    Blondie wanted to create a class within the Ostar for smaller boats in '68 but it never happened.  They kept getting bigger and more expensive  leaving "his/our class" of sailors out.    I cannot find the dates on the internet for when the Jester Challenge was begun........ Did Blondie ever sail the actual Jester Challenge?   Or was it instituted after his sailing days, named for his boat and inspired by the original OSTAR where Jester was actually the second largest boat to compete?  

            I would be interested in finding a site that detailed the history of the Jester Challenge.  There are a number of sites covering the Jester Challenge but none that I found seem to have history, previous competitors and boats, dates, etc.

  • 09 May 2022 21:17
    Reply # 12773656 on 12768690
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bonjour

    The OSTAR was a race (Observer Single Handed Transatlantic Race).

    The Jester Challenge is not a race there is mainly skippers on the starting line; that is the bigest challenge.Some arrive others not but it is not realy important and one of them arrive first but it doen't have any importance as such. Boats as so different in size and type.

    Chichester and Hasler would have done a bet of a half crown before the start.

    Hasler biographer doesn't trust it.

    At the first Jester Challenge there was a half crown bet betwenn the three smaller boats skippers. Only own of them arrived and he was granted by a half a crown price from the others.

    Chichester arrived in Newyork completly exhausted and Hasler arrived very fresh and relaxed and explained that he spent his time in slippers, drinking French wine and playing the Yukulele; he sailed a junk !

    Eric

  • 09 May 2022 16:55
    Reply # 12773202 on 12768690

    Graeme the carpet slipper sailor was Jock when he completed the Ostar in Ron Glas. 

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  • 09 May 2022 02:42
    Reply # 12772510 on 12768690
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Me too. Very nicely written Howard, well said. (Only, I guess we would say "ladies and gentlemen" these days).


    As far as I can recall (being enthralled as a  young lad in 1960 when the first solo trans-Atalantic race took place, and reading all the subsequent accounts of that first race), they did compete for a prize - it was just half a crown (a token - 25c in today's money). Also there was one 40' boat and the rest, just four if I remember) were much smaller, so there is a precendent for all of that too.

    Right from the start the tone of friendly participation was set, with a slight reservation regarding Chichester (who had the 40 footer, and of course, won) - I can't remember if it was Lewis or Howell who wrote later that they all got together before the race and swapped notes regarding the routes they would take. According to that recollection, all except Chichester, who listened to all the others but kept his own plans to himself, giving the narrator, in exchange, a map of London to take home. Evidently nobody minded too much who won, or how - and I think from memory that is the occasion when Hasler boasted of crossing the Atlantic without having to get wet, and or even to remove his carpet slippers (or something to that effect). I've lost all my old books now, maybe someone can correct me. Anyway, the spirit of the "contest" goes right back to 1960 when it started. I don't know if Chichester ever got his half crown. The whole thing was a very radical idea in those days - dreamed up by Hasler if I recall correctly.

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  • 08 May 2022 19:35
    Reply # 12772214 on 12768690
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Howard, I couldn't agree more.

    Arne

  • 08 May 2022 17:44
    Reply # 12772193 on 12768690

          Jester Challenge is a gentlemen's challenge, rather than a race....... no prize and not even much recognition for "winning".  It' is about finishing a very difficult challenge of sailing a small boat against the prevailing winds across the Atlantic........ It's about completing it ...... joining that fairly small and exclusive group who have.

         I have a lot of respect for those who have completed it.   The extra couple of feet that was allowed on this one boat will not cost anybody anything.  If he comes in first, everybody will  understand that this was one of the factors, but nobody will rub anybody's face in it.........

           A true gentlemen's challenge among friends or would be friends.   It is one of my favorite sailing events both because of the kinds of boats sailed in it, and the kind of seamen who participate, both of which are meaningful...... at least to me.


                                                           H.W.

  • 07 May 2022 11:29
    Reply # 12771096 on 12769697
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Anonymous wrote:
    Anonymous wrote:

    How very sad to see only five(5) entrants. :-( 

    and one has a rather excessive length which seems to have been ignored "on a gentlemanly basis"! 

    Best wishes of fair winds to all of them.

    Jester Chalenge is a "none"  no world.

    The non-rule says that the length is supposed to be under 30 ft BUT, with the agreement of the other skippers, the boat may be bigger !

    Eric

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  • 06 May 2022 11:17
    Reply # 12769697 on 12769029
    Anonymous wrote:

    How very sad to see only five(5) entrants. :-( 

    and one has a rather excessive length which seems to have been ignored "on a gentlemanly basis"! 

    Best wishes of fair winds to all of them.

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