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Italy’s Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi celebrate their Star World Championship win in Marblehead, USA
A solid third place in the final race from Italy’s Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi was more than enough to reward them with gold at the 2022 Star Worlds. For Negri, winning the 100th Anniversary Championship marks a successful defence of his…
The start of race five at the 100th Star Worlds at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, USA
Patience aplenty has been the pattern at the 100th Anniversary Star Worlds, as every day has featured postponements, general recalls and unpredictable conditions. Friday’s race 5 was no different, with a postponement and general recall, followed by a black flag…
Big breeze at Marblehead for the Star Worlds at the Eastern Yacht Club
Strong winds kept the Star fleet postponed ashore, before easing enough to get race 4 underway at 1509 hours in 18 knots with some gusts up to 25 knots. Hiking hard and sailing fast gave Luke Lawrence/Andrew Macrae (USA) race…
Jørgen Schönherr (DEN) and Markus Koy (GER)
An impressive run of form gave the race 2 win to Jørgen Schönherr (DEN) and Markus Koy (GER) who controlled the Star World Championship fleet from start to finish and end the day in 4th overall. Headlining the leader board though,…
Tonci Stipanovic and Tudor Bilic (CRO 1991) lead the Star Worlds
The 2022 Star Class World Championship was officially declared open by Tom Londrigan, International Star Class President, on the morning of Sunday, September 11, accompanied by a parade of nations and gun salute at Eastern Yacht Club in the United…
Paul Cayard (right) and Brad Nicho
Yesterday was a forced lay day for the 33-boat fleet gathered on Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire, for the 2022 Star Western Hemisphere Championship. The wind was light and a storm was predicted to arrive in the early afternoon, so after…
Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic and Tudor Bilic celebrate winning the Star Europeans
Two bullets on the very last day of the 2022 Star European Championship delivered the continental title unquestionably to Tonci Stipanovic and Tudor Bilic. It was a hard-fought battle for the Croatian team who right after they christened their new…
2022 Star World Championship logo
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…

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 type sloop
Mast length 9.652 m (31 ft 8 in)
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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