The Star is one of the most
prolific keelboats in the world for a reason: it is an incredible boat
to sail. Designed in 1911 by Francis Sweisguth, it has proven to be a
classic in every sense. It is the oldest Olympic class, having first
been used in competition in 1932, and still at the heart of that competition
today. Supported by a worldwide association the Star as a class is one
of the best organized in sailing, with over 7,500 yachts built over its
80 year history, and 2000-plus actively racing today.
The Star has evolved into the consummate craft for all ranges of competition
and performance sailing: its equipment and rig is simple enough for the
novice, yet versatile enough for those on the forefront of sailing. It's
large, powerful sailplan, combined with a sleek hull and light weight,
propel the boat in the faintest of airs, while the flexible spar can
be tuned to "de-power" when the breeze kicks up. The large
main is infinitely adjustable, allowing the sailor to completely control
the driving surface of the sail. Boats today are generally constructed
of fiberglass, with positive flotation and an integrated keel. The design,
sails, and equipment of the Star are governed by stringent class rules,
created to improve competition on the basis of skill and control cost
. This has also served to help the longevity of the design, keeping older
boats competitive through careful evolution.
Stars are generally "dry-sailed", that is, stored on their
trailers when not in use, and with a total weight around 1500 lbs, can
easily be towed from place to place.
Many of the world's top sailors past and present have been involved
in the Star Class. It's list of former World Champions reads like Who's
Who of yachting: other top sailors such as Colin Beashel, John Kostecki,
Mats Johansson, Hans Vogt, Benny Anderson, Rod Davis and Mark Reynolds
are also involved in the Star class. But the class is made up of a variety
of sailors of all ages and skill levels. One race on a Star has hooked
some sailors for life: they'll tell you: It's a thrill.