The renown Portuguese solo sailor Ricardo Diniz as embraced another sailing project. This time he is going to race on the 15th Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race edition, OSTAR, between Plymouth UK and Newport, Rhode Island US, on 29 May 2017 on board his Open 60 Taylor 325, being the first Portuguese entrant to do so.
The port wine route
Besides being a solo sailor, Ricardo Diniz is also an entrepreneur and for that he put up a promotion campaign in partnership with his main sponsor, the famous Port wine brand Taylor’s, currently celebrating their 325th anniversary.
The promotion campaign main objective is to reenact the first Taylor’s port wine exports done by sea from Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal to London, UK. This way, on board his Open 60 he is going to transport a cask full of port wine part of a limited edition celebrating the 325th anniversary.
For the second part of this project, Ricardo counts not only on his 5 Atlantic crossings and over 100,000 miles sailed all over the world but also on his Taylor 325.
The OSTAR is a single-handed race against the prevailing winds and current across the Atlantic over a distance of around 3,000 nautical miles It takes over than 20 days and was held for the first time in 1960 and happens every 4 years since then. Five yachts sailed from Plymouth to New York and, remarkably, all five finished with Francis Chichester coming first in Gipsy Moth III.
The second OSTAR in 1964 was won by Eric Tabarly in Pen Duick II and many famous sailors since then took part in this race such as Loïck Peyron, Francis Joyon, Yves Parlier, Franck Cammas, Ellen MacArthur, Thomas Coville or Samantha Davies.
Taylor 325 is an Open 60 designed by the British architect Philip Morrison, built in 1990 and has already raced on two OSTAR editions in 1992 and 1996.
Length: 18,28 m
Breadth: 4,20 m
Draught: 4,30 m
Mast high: 23 m
Ballast: 5 ton
Displacement: 12,5 ton
Into this yacht was also applied portuguese cork in different areas aiming to increase the comfort and safety inside and outside the vessel.
Once again Ricardo Diniz joins forces with Portuguese companies to promote the best of Portugal through sailing.
We will follow closely Ricardo Diniz as he takes the name of Portugal across the seas.