Star (sailboat)

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Current Specifications
Star (keelboat).svg
Star red.svg
Class Symbol
Crew 2 (Skipper + 1.5 * Crewman = 250 kg (550 lb))
Type keelboat
Rig sloop
Keel 401.5 ± 7 kg (885 ± 15 lb)
LOA 6.922 m (22 ft 9 in)
LWL 4.724 m (15 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.734 m (5 ft 8 in)
Chine: 1.372 m (4 ft 6 in)
Draft 1.016 m (3 ft 4 in)
Hull weight 671 kg (1,479 lb)
(including keel)
Mast height 9.652 m (31 ft 8 in)
Main & Jib area 26.5 m2 (285 sq ft)
Mainsail area 20.5 m2 (221 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area  6.0 m2 (65 sq ft)
Year 1910
Designer Francis Sweisguth
Infobox last updated: 19 March 2010
Former Olympic Class
Original sail plan (pre-1922)

The International Star (or Starboat) is a 6.9 m (22.7 ft) one-design racing keelboat for two people.

The boat must weigh at least 671 kg (1479.3 lb) with a maximum total sail area of 26.5 m2 (285 ft2). It 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 generally made of fiberglass.

Star Boats North American Championships June 2013

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.

The Star was designed in 1910 by Francis Sweisguth—draftsman for William Gardner's Naval Architect office—and the first 22 were built in Port Washington, New York by Ike Smith during the winter of 1910-11. Since that time, over 8,400 boats have been built. The Star has been an Olympic Games class since 1932. Although far from a modern design, the class remains popular today, with about 2,000 boats in active racing fleets in North America and Europe.

As a result of the 2011 Mid-Year Meeting in St. Petersburg, keelboats were removed from Sailing at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and therefore the Star class will not be in competition in Rio de Janeiro.[1]

Star Boats NHYC North American Championships June 2013 photo D Ramey Logan



The Olympics were not held in 1940 or 1944 due to World War II.

For 1976, the Star class was replaced by the Tempest class.

Gold medalists
Year Nation Skipper Crew Boat # Yacht
1932  United States (USA) Gilbert Gray Andrew Libano
1936  Germany (GER) Peter Bischoff Hans-Joachim Weise
1948  United States (USA) Hilary Smart Paul Smart
1952  Italy (ITA) Agostino Straulino Nicolò Rode
1956  United States (USA) Herbert Williams Lawrence Low
1960  Soviet Union (URS) Timir Pinegin Fyodor Shutkov
1964  Bahamas (BAH) Durward Knowles Cecil Cooke
1968  United States (USA) Lowell North Peter Barrett
North Star
1972  Australia (AUS) David Forbes Scott Anderson
1980  Soviet Union (URS) Valentyn Mankin Aleksandr Muzychenko
1984  United States (USA) William Earl Buchan Steven Erickson
1988  Great Britain (GBR) Michael McIntyre Bryn Vaile
1992  United States (USA) Mark Reynolds Hal Haenel
1996  Brazil (BRA) Torben Grael Marcelo Ferreira
2000  United States (USA) Mark Reynolds Magnus Liljedahl
2004  Brazil (BRA) Torben Grael Marcelo Ferreira
2008  Great Britain (GBR) Iain Percy Andrew Simpson
2012  Sweden (SWE) Fredrik Lööf Max Salminen

World Championships[edit]

The Star World Championships has been held annually since 1923. Most titles has American sailor Lowell North won, with five titles between 1945 and 1973 and another seven podiums. The most crowned skipper-crew combination is Italian duo Agostino Straulino and Nicolò Rode and Brazilian duo Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada with three titles each. Also Bill Buchan, Jr. has three titles, but with different crew.

Famous Star sailors[edit]


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