Star Class Isn't Dead Yet - Sail Magazine

Star Class Isn't Dead Yet

The Star class may no longer have a spot in the Olympics, but that hardly seems to have slowed it down. On the contrary, with the advent of the new Star Sailors League—a pro series featuring some of the best sailors in the world—the future of the 100-year-old one design appears to be stronger than ever.
Author:
Publish date:
 Scheidt, at the helm, and Prada show their winning form (above); among the fleet were some of the best sailors in the world

Scheidt, at the helm, and Prada show their winning form (above); among the fleet were some of the best sailors in the world

The Star class may no longer have a spot in the Olympics, but that hardly seems to have slowed it down. On the contrary, with the advent of the new Star Sailors League—a pro series featuring some of the best sailors in the world—the future of the 100-year-old one design appears to be stronger than ever. 

In early December, the league held its first finals in Nassau, Bahamas, an invitational regatta featuring 18 teams from 13 countries and $200,000 in prize money. Among the competitors were such luminaries as 1988 Star World Champion Paul Cayard, U.S. Olympians Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih, former U.S. Star class world champion George Szabo and Craig Moss, and 2012 Olympic bronze and 2008 Olympic silver medalists Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada of Brazil. In all, the field boasted no less than 12 Olympic medal winners. 

Coming out on top among the hyper-competitive fleet were Scheidt and Prada. In an interesting twist, the regatta comprised three days of qualifiers, followed by a series of races among an ever-diminishing the fleet, from 10 to seven and then just four boats.

In another interesting side note for a regatta of this size, the action was all streamed live on YouTube, in a broadcast that included a combination of both commentary and state-of-the art computer graphics and tracking information. For details, visit starsailors.com.

 Photos courtesy of SSL/Marc Roviller

Photos courtesy of SSL/Marc Roviller

Related

Sun-Odyssey-490-Bertrand_DUQUENNE-aft

Boat Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490

True innovation in monohull sailboat design can be a bit elusive these days. That’s not to say that there are no more new ideas, but it does seem that many new tweaks and introductions are a bit incremental: let’s say evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Just when it seems ...read more

X3M-family

Gear: X3M Flight blocks

Block PartyThe elegance of these new X3M Flight blocks from Ubi Maior conceals the fact that they can handle loads of up to 15 tons. Designed to be used with a variety of textile loops, as fixed or snatch blocks, the X3M blocks have resin frames to carry the loops and anodized ...read more

03-BAVARIA-C34_Interior-2k_2

Ask Sail: The Right Cabin Sole Finish

Q: I am working on refinishing my cabin floorboards. I have brought them home and sanded the old finish off and would appreciate comments on using varnish or polyurethane for the sole.— Danny Love, Grand Rivers, KYDON CASEY REPLIES Polyurethane is the better choice for a cabin ...read more

shutterstock_peterisland

The Caribbean Charter Trade Rides Again

“The BVI is now a bit like it was 20 years ago,” Josie Tucci, vice president of sales and marketing for sister companies Sunsail and The Moorings, told me last December. “Instead of full bars, it may be a guy on the beach with a cooler and a barbeque, but the spirit of the place ...read more

Dragging01

Waterlines: Fear of Dragging

If you have a paranoid personality, anchoring out can be a validating experience. On the one hand, it seems rather simple. You amble up to the bow of your boat, drop a lump of metal overboard, let out some rode and secure it somehow. Then you stroll back to your cockpit and ...read more

TOTW_PromoSite

SAIL's Tip of the Week

Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to sailmail@sailmagazine.comTake it easy  Looks untidy, huh? Maybe it does, but I’ve hoisted a lot of mainsails over the years. A few go up easily. Many are a struggle. Sometimes it’s about turning blocks and nasty mast-tracks, but ...read more

boot2019

50th Boot Düsseldorf 2019

Do you love water sports? Then come to Germany from January 19 - 27, 2019 and visit boot Düsseldorf, the world's largest water sports trade fair! For the 50th time, more than 250,000 visitors will experience why sailing, diving or surfing is more than just a hobby.©October 2018 ...read more