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.
|Jon returns to the cockpit from setting the jib pole.|
After living on Sink Me II for three years, Jon upgraded to Jeroboam, whose hailing port is Marblehead, Massachusetts. According to Jon, the delivery of Jeroboam to the starting line was actually harder than the race itself. Jon had to battle through storms across the entire North Atlantic. During one storm Jon’s boat had three knockdowns and an inversion.
“It was surreal,” he said. “My mind couldn’t even comprehend that my boat was upside-down, until I said out loud, ‘I’m upside down!’ ”
Limping into Horta, in the Azores, on only a jib, he didn’t know if Jeroboam would even make it to the starting line. The wind turbine had burned out and the radar reflector had been sheared off the mast, among other damage. Overall, to fix the boat was going to cost a lot more money than Jon had in his budget.
Luckily, people started to come out of the woodwork to help him with the repairs. Friends and family helped to buy the necessary parts and supplies that he needed to get Jeroboam into racing condition again. One week later Jeroboam was out at sea again and on course for Plymouth, United Kingdom.
It’s ironic that Jon crossed the finish line in Newport, relatively unscathed. He had one little debacle with the head during the race, but came in sixth over the finish line in just over 22 days.
Jon has raced the Bermuda One-Two race twice, and has also competed in the Newport Bermuda race twice. His immediate plans were to return to Marblehead, and pick up where he left off, as the managing director of Brook Venture, a venture capitalist company, north of Boston. Jon is considering a round-the-world race, but he knows he won’t be able to finance it himself, so he’ll need to find sponsors.
Samuel Stiles, a.k.a Sampson Jacobs, a journalism student at the University of Rhode Island, interned with Cruising World magazine in the summer of 2013. An avid photographer, his goal is to become a live aboard sailor and writer. Log on to ostar.rwyc.org for more details about the OSTAR.