One Sailor , One Boat , One Ocean

Single-handed Transatlantic Race OSTAR 1976

Yves Anrys, Pawn of Nieuwpoort , The North Atlantic

Plymouth UK to Newport Rhode Island USA - 3.000 nautical miles

Five low pressure systems followed each
other one after the other, relentlessly generating an average
wind speed of 35 knots and a raging, chaotic, short, crossed sea
for over a week. The fleet were decimated.

Yves Anrys finished in 16th place overall out of 73 arrived (125 started) in  30 days 15 min 34 sec, placing him 8th of 52 in the J-class.In this legendary race 2 skippers were lost at sea in storms, several yachts sank, were dismasted, had steering failures,...

This web page is a tribute to Yves Anrys

Born in Antwerp Belgium,

on the 23rd of February 1946,

Merchand Navy Officer

(photo taken in Antwerp, December 2015)

Participation of 3 Belgian sailors

  • Yves Anrys with 'Pawn of Nieuwpoort' - 30 ft
  • Staf Versluys with 'Tyfoon V' - 34,5 ft
  • Oscar Debra with 'Vanessa' - 43 ft

Record of achievements


1960 -> 1970                        Sailing in OK Dinghy, Flying Dutchman, Snipe Class,

                                                  Finn Class,International regattas in Finn Class  and Snipe Class

1965 -> 1972                        National offshore regattas s.a. Delta race, Roscoprace, Light Vessel,

                                                  Ostend-Ramsgate, Breskens week

1967                                        1st RORC race : West Mersea-Zeebrugge on Mordicus

1967 -> 1985                        RORC races : North Sea race, West Mersea-Breskens, Channel race,

                                                  Cowes-Dinard, Cowes-Santander,  GiragliaRolex Cup, Sardinia

1971-1975-1977-1981       Admiral's Cup, and participated in 11 Fastnet races

1974                                        Finn Gold Cup in Brest, Half Ton Cup in La Rochelle,

                                                 One Ton Cup in Torquay

1976                                        OSTAR single-handed race


1977                                      Sydney Harbour race

1978                                      Round Britain race

1979                                      Transat en Double : Lorient-Bermuda-Lorient

1982 -> 1983                      European Championship NACRA (catamaran)

1988                                      Antigua Week

1983 -> 1988                      Cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, North Atlantic and Baltic

1988                                      China Sea Race

1989                                      Solitaire du Figaro :

                                                Perros-Guirec -> Dublin -> Lorient -> LaCoruña ->La Trinité                                      

1990 -> 2000

Inventor and organizer Cataworld Formula 18 ,

regattas in Mauritius, Turkey, Thailand,

Caribbean, Corsica and Saint Tropez.

Video's Cataworld Cup

1997                                      King's Cup Thailand

March 1997                        Ocean Passage Record - World Sailing Speed Record
                                               Council Thailand Gulf 4h 8min 35sec

December 1997

Speed Record Andaman Sea 1997

   Invited by the King of Thailand

March 1998                       Record Round Mauritius 10h 14min

February 2002                  Asean Championship in Pranburi Thailand on Platu (Beneteau 25)

                                              with his sons Thierry and Didier.

May I thank Mr. Yves Anrys for the use of the information from his private archive.

Erwin Van Iseghem - December 2015