The OCC Jester Award is presented to Josh Ghyselincks

The OCC Jester Award is presented to Josh Ghyselincks

...for sailing solo 2900 miles in 24 days from Mexico to the Marquesas in Maistral, an Arpege 29, built by Michael Dufour in 1967 (29 foot LOA).

By Daria Blackwell - 22/01/2018


Maistral was OCC Vice Commodore Tony Gooch and his wife Coryn’s first offshore boat, in which they sailed about 65,000 miles. Josh bought her three years ago with the dream of offshore sailing. Maistral is even more basic than when the Gooches had her, as subsequent owners neglected her. She now has no engine – just an indifferent 9 HP outboard – no windvane, and very little navigation or communication equipment. VC Tony Gooch, himself a solo non-stop circumnavigator, added, “Josh uses the poled-out storm jib method for self-steering … plus bits of string and shock cord. Josh’s voyage is taking him from Victoria across the Pacific to New Zealand (sometimes solo, sometimes with crew). What he really wants is to find a single-handed girl going his way.” Trevor Leek, current owner of Jester after which the award is named, added: “Josh has my blessing – I’m particularly impressed by the lack of self-steering” (Most appropriately, Jester is steered by a vintage Haslar SP windvane).


The photo shows the poled out storm jib being used to steer the vessel. Photo (c) 2017 by Rekka Bellum during Josh's latest passage from Tonga to NZ.


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