OSTAR Winner Reflects on Humble Beginnings
For Jonathan Green, who sailed his 35-foot Beneteau to victory in the OSTAR, getting to the starting line was the real test.
Our carefree afternoon was momentarily interrupted when Jon received a call from the OSTAR officials. Jeroboam had come in first place overall, taking into account the handicaps that were applied to faster boats, such as Andrea Mura’s Open 50 Vento Di Sardegna that finished the 3,000 nautical mile race in fewer than 19 days.
|Jon enjoys the day while Jeroboam sails herself.|
How far he’s come. Years ago, when Jon was shopping for his first boat, he knew he couldn’t afford an apartment, so he decided to be a live-aboard from the beginning. But first he needed to finish some work on Sink Me II—the rudder was rotted and had to be completely re-built.
“So there I was during the holidays with a little Christmas tree set up in the front seat (of my car), while I slept in the back seat” Jon said, laughing. “Those days were the best.”
Once he had moved aboard in Constitution Marina on Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, Jon made friends with sailors living in the area and started to learn very quickly. He absorbed everything, from how to take care of his boat’s engine, to the navigational rules of the road. Eventually after learning on other people’s boats, he was brave enough to push off and sail his own.