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Baltimore Sailing Club’s Star keelboat pair Peter and Robert O’Leary look to be the most likely Irish duo to fly the tricolour at the centenary Star Worlds in Marblehead, Massachusetts this September. The 2022 Star World Championship from 8-17 September will mark…
95th Bacardi Cup winners - Mateusz Kusznierewicz/Bruno Prada
The weather front that was expected to sweep through Biscayne Bay after racing on Saturday, March 12, arrived early, with the strong wind forcing racing to be cancelled for all classes at 0900 hours this morning. It meant Cork's Peter…
Star Class race five at the Bacardi Cup
On the penultimate day of racing at the Bacardi Cup and Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, Miami turned on another day of exhilarating sailing, with a consistent southerly breeze of 12-17 knots across the race courses. Cork's Peter and Robert O'Leary…
Anthony O'Leary, Clive O'Shea and Neal Fulcher  competing in the Viper 640 Antix on the first day of the Bacardi Invitational Regatta in Miami
Miami, USA turned on another beautiful sailing day – brilliant breeze, sparkling turquoise waters and warm weather – as the Star Class was joined by the full line-up of one-design classes at the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta on Thursday, March…
Bacardi Cup - Star Day 3
Baltimore Sailing Club Star keelboat duo Peter and Robert O'Leary are lying fourth after three races sailed at the 95th Bacardi Cup. Mateusz Kusznierewicz/Bruno Prada hold onto the series lead but did not take the race win on day 3. Spectacular…
Peter and Robert O'Leary from Baltimore Sailing Club end day two in third overall at the 95th Bacardi Cup in Miami, Florida
Baltimore Sailing Club's Peter and Robert O'Leary are tied on points for second place but lie in third overall on the scoresheet at the Star Class Bacardi Cup in Miami. The Star Class leader board ended the same as Monday’s…
Peter (left) and Robert O’Leary - the Baltimore brothers are off to a great start in Miami. See interview below
Irish brothers Peter and Robert O’Leary sailing their Star keelboat 'Nink Nonk' are in second overall after day one of the Bacardi Cup and happy to be out of lock-down and sailing the Star after two years.  Two-time Bacardi Cup Champions,…
Peter and Robert O'Leary will race their Star keelboat 'Ninky Nonk' in March's Bacardi Cup in Florida
Brothers Peter and Robert O'Leary sailing under the Baltimore Sailing Club burgee will race their Star keelboat 'Ninky Nonk' in the 95th Bacardi Cup in Florida next week. Joining them at the Coconut Grove event is their father, Royal Cork ace…
Robert Scheidt and Ubiratan Matos on their way to victory in Brazil
The Star South American Championship was decided today, Monday 15th, a Brazilian national holiday, at the Yacht Club de Ilhabela, on the northern coast of São Paulo. After eight balanced races, the win came in the last race for the…
Jorge Zarif and Arthur Lopes react and go for the Star South American Championship title against Robert Scheidt and Ubiratan Matos
The final battle for the Star South American Championship is set for the last day of racing today, in Ilhabela, Brazil. The world champion Jorge Zarif and the pro Arthur Lopes got back in the game on Sunday and will…
Diego Negri (ITA) and Frithjof Kleen (GER) are the 2021 Star World Champions
In an incredible week for the Italian/German team of Diego Negri (ITA) and Frithjof Kleen (GER, the duo won the 99-year-old Star World Championship with a race to spare. Kiel showed its true colors this morning in the first of…
Tomorrow's first signal is scheduled for 11 am, and two races are on the horizon for the 83 very eager boat fleet coming from 18 nations
The high pressure system over Europe is sadly affecting the 2021 Star World Championship in Kiel, Germany. It’s almost ironic if you think the 83 teams are all so keen to get on the water after missing the Worlds last…
The Star World Championship Cup with the 2019 Star World Champions Mateusz Kusnierewicz (POL) (right) and Bruno Prada (BRA)
The 100th Anniversary of the Star Class World Championships will be held next year September 10-17, 2022 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA. The host for the event will be the prestigious Eastern Yacht Club. As regular afloat readers know, the former…
Mateusz Kusznierewicz/Bruno Prada (POL) made Bacardi Cup history
An overwhelming display of dominance in the Star class from defending champions Mateusz Kusznierewicz/Bruno Prada (POL) made Bacardi Cup history, as according to event knowledge, never before has a team recorded an all-win scorecard. Today Kusznierewicz/Prada wrapped up their assault…
Current travel restrictions and limits on fleet size have kept many Stars at home but the 2021 Regatta is going ahead
The 2021 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta is all set to welcome over seventy-five teams to compete at one of sailing’s most prestigious events from 7-13 March 2021 in Miami, USA. Every year the Bacardi Cup and Bacardi Invitational Regatta attract…
The Star podium at Lake Garda, Italy
Piet Eckert (SUI) and Frederico Melo (POR) are the 2020 Star European keelboat Champions thanks to a great week of sailing in Riva del Garda, Italy, that translated into a winning scorecard. The silver medal goes to Diego Negri and…

The Star keelboat is a 6.9 metres (23 ft) one-design racing keelboat for two people designed by Francis Sweisguth in 1910.

The Star was an Olympic keelboat class from 1932 through to 2012, the last year keelboats appeared at the Summer Olympics at which Ireland's representatives were Peter O'Leary and David Burrows.

Ireland has performed well in the class internationally thanks to some Olympic campaigns including a bronze medal at the Star World Championships in 2000, won by Mark Mansfield and David O'Brien.

The boat is sloop-rigged, with a mainsail larger in proportional size than any other boat of its length. Unlike most modern racing boats, it does not use a spinnaker when sailing downwind. Instead, when running downwind a whisker pole is used to hold the jib out to windward for correct wind flow.

Early Stars were built from wood, but modern boats are of fibreglass and carbon construction.

The boat must weigh at least 671 kg (1,479 lb) with a maximum total sail area of 26.5 m2 (285 sq ft).

The Star class pioneered an unusual circular boom vang track, which allows the vang to effectively hold the boom down even when the boom is turned far outboard on a downwind run.

Another notable aspect of Star sailing is the extreme hiking position adopted by the crew and at times the helmsman, who normally use a harness to help hang low off the windward side of the boat with only their lower legs inside.

At A Glance – Star Specifications

Designer Francis Sweisguth
Year 1910
Crew 2 (Skipper + Crew)
S + 1.5 C ≤ 250 kg (550 lb)[1]
Draft 1.016 m (3 ft 4 in)
Hull Type keelboat
Hull weight ≥ 671 kg (1,479 lb)
(including keel)
LOA 6.922 m (22 ft 9 in)
LWL 4.724 m (15 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.734 m (5 ft 8 in) at deck
1.372 m (4 ft 6 in) at chine
Hull appendages
Keel/board type bulb keel
401.5 ± 7 kg (885 ± 15 lb)
Rig
Rig type sloop
Mast length 9.652 m (31 ft 8 in)
Sails
Mainsail area 20.5 m2 (221 sq ft)
Jib/genoa area  6.0 m2 (65 sq ft)
Upwind sail area ≤ 26.5 m2 (285 sq ft)

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