Posts Tagged ‘Star’
The Star Sailors League continues on its merry way 180 sailors, 90 teams, 100,000 dollars on the riverfront in Hamburg, Germany. Live, big money, knockout format monohull sailing may be right up your alley. Check it out all week, right here on the front page. Full schedule here.
May 3rd, 2016 by admin
After being kicked out of the Olympics, our friends down at Coral Reef Yacht Club knew they didn’t have much time to act if they were going to save the area’s Star boat racing. Series founder Stu Hebb shares the latest from the Star Winter Series. (and follow the Star Worlds, which starts any day now, over here.)
It was clear at the end of 2012 we were going to have a problem, with far more than just Olympians’ boats rapidly disappearing from the area. So rather than watching our existing regattas die a slow death with the Bacardi trailing the trend by a year or two, we looked at ways to package the existing Star regattas and provide something special to keep everyone engaged, and maybe even bring in the next generation of Star sailor.
CRYC member, big boat racer, Opti mom, and Ironman athlete Kenia Roche is a financial advisor with EFG International, which has a good track record of sponsoring interesting regional and continental events, and she jumped aboard from the beginning as more than a sponsor, but a partner. This allowed us to go from somewhere around 1950 to the 21st century almost immediately. We moved to electronic registration and scoring thanks to Yachtscoring, we created a website and Facebook page and brought in Blocksail for all our imagery and PR/marketing work, we spent some money on advertising and logos and apparel and signage, and we worked with CRYC and locals to make sure everyone could keep their boat where they wanted and get easy info on housing, logistics, and whatever else anyone needed. And then we kept at it even when we didn’t want to, and even when it looked like the series wouldn’t catch on.
The first event attracted 14 boats. This year’s final event, the Walker Cup attracted a record 43 boats, with more than 65 having sailed the full Series. That fed the Bacardi with 68 boats and now the Star Worlds has an 81-boat scratch sheet with a more international fleet than any other non-Olympic Class in the world.
We’ve spent a lot of time and energy trying to make sure we support younger Star sailors, and we’ve been lucky to have guys like Luke Lawrence and Josh Revkin and Thomas Hornos and a bunch of other young studs sailing in our events. But we’re even happier to see even younger sailors getting excited about the Star. That’s the pic you have above from Marco Oquendo – it’s the Coral Reef, last weekend, where 3 past Star World Champs – George Szabo, John MacCausland, and Lars Grael spoke with a group of enthusiastic Opti sailors about the Class, and took them on the boats to show them the many, many ropes. They’re all sitting on Lars’ 2015 Worlds-winner Renata, which was crewed by Samuel Goncalves, one of the 4000 kids who learned to sail thanks to the Grael Project in Rio. Now, those 4000 kids – many of them from impoverished favelas like Samuel – have a World Champion from their ranks).
We don’t think we changed the world, but we definitely saved a fleet, and we want the sailing community to know that there’s more to be excited about than just foiling cats and skiffs - Star boats are making plenty of waves, too.These kids of efforts – especially with the really young and excited kids - keep feeding the pipe for the next 50 years, and we salute these Star sailors, these kids, and the hundreds of sailors who’ve come to play with us in Biscayne Bay these past few years. Come back soon.
Star District 20 Fleet Captain
April 8th, 2016 by admin
Update: Californian George Szabo sure has a nose for money – he grabbed the $40,000 first place booty. Mr. Clean will have his take on things tomorrow..
With World Champions and Olympians already knocked out of the final round, the stage is set for some high-stakes drama in front of the Nassau Yacht Club for the final day of the Star Sailors League Finale. 11 advance to the one-race quarters, 7 to the semis, and just 4 boats in the final shootout for the biggest share of the $200,000 purse – a cool forty grand. Imagine the cost of a single piece of weed on your rudder today!
Watch it all right here.
December 5th, 2015 by admin
Decent breeze forecast for the morning action on Day 2 of the Star Sailors League, and organizers are buoyed by the multitudes of SA’ers checking in – yesterday nearly 30,000 keelboat fans watched some of the action! We hope to see y’all back here for some more, starting at 1100 EST. and we hope to see more of you back today. Action starts at 1100 EST.
December 3rd, 2015 by admin
When the Grael family started their project to bring kids from the Brazilian favelas [translation: crime-ridden slums/ghettos] into sailing, Rio’s biggest yacht club boards bristled, wondering if the poor would soon be invading the club’s hallowed halls. Instead of destroying the social fabric of yachting, the project became a pioneer in the now-accepted pursuit of at-risk youth sailing and a feather in the cap of Brazilian sailing. And with Lars Grael and favela-born program graduate Samuel Goncalves winning one of keelboat sailing’s most prestigious titles last week, the pioneering continues. Oh, and by the way, skipper Lars Grael? He’s only got one leg. Hear that, Dee Smith?
Check out the piece by rock star Brazilian sports journalist Eduardo Ohato on the victory, with thanks to Matias Cappizano for this great shot and the absolutely breathtaking galleries over here.
And keep your eyes out right here on the SA front page, where we’ll be bringing you every minute of live action with Lars, Samuel, and a couple dozen of the best traditional keelboat sailors in the world at the Star Sailors League finale in Nassau, with our own Mr. Clean helping to inject some fun into the broadcast team…
November 13th, 2015 by admin
Mark “Splat” Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih lead a veritable who’s who in old school keelboat racing at the SSL Swiss Open after 7 races; this great shot from our old friend Christophe Launay. Livestream video racing with commentary here. Results here. Daily news here.
September 11th, 2015 by admin
It’s about as different from the M32 Series we’ve been following as a sailing event can get, and its the kind of racing plenty of you have asked to see; a historic class sailing long course races with graphics, data, and commentary from Dennis Conner and Canadian Star performer Tyler Bjorn. We’ve got just the first day of the 4-day Star Sailors League from Lake Lausanne for you as a sampler, and it’s live NOW.
September 9th, 2015 by admin
As the International Star Class battles for its one-race-a-day World Championship on Lake Garda (with ‘the other Mr. Kleen’ leading after two races), we learned that Italian cops made a grisly discovery in the world’s best sailing lake just a couple of weeks ago.
44 year-old Italian porn star veteran Federica Giacomini was found in Lake Garda five months after she was originally reported missing, a diver discovering her body in pieces, wrapped in plastic and stuffed in a suitcase. Giacomini’s former partner, Franco Mossoni, has been questioned several times in recent months; he’s best known for dressing as Rambo and waving a gun in a Vicenza hospital earlier in the year…
Meanwhile, the odd-duck Star Sailors League continues to pump cash into the century-old Starboat with their live stream including a video camera, Virtual Eye, and sailing commentators Diggby Fox and Louay Habib on the microphone. Check it out here.
Those of you looking for more action from your live stream this week, check out the World Match Race Tour from Marstrand – one of just two WMRT events with live streaming for the 2014 season.
July 2nd, 2014 by admin
Longtime Newport Beach, CA Star sailor Jim Buckingham with Austin Sperry may have taken the first Star Winter Series event in perfect Miami breeze this weekend, but devoted SA’er Philip Carlson took the spotlight, the 23-year old Swede taking two bullets on the final day to jump ahead of Augie Diaz/Arnis Baltins for the second-place spot. Fellow 23 year old Finn sailor and Rio 2016 hopeful Luke Lawrence kept it tight with Philip until he blew a block up on Sunday. Carlson said he just kept the boat going, while ‘the German Mr. Clean’ a/k/a superstar Star crew and Weymouth Olympian Frithjof Kleen, made it go fast. Betcha didn’t know there is a German Mr. Kleen…Here’s a look at ours and Germany’s at the same time.
Now that the Star fleet is firmly out of the Olympics, is this the first look at a younger US-based fleet? ”If I am going to pay for my own sailing, this is the Class I will choose every time,” said Carlson. The second SWS event is December’s Commodore’s Cup; register here and check the Series’ Facebook Page for interviews, photos, and more coverage from the team. Meredith Block Photos.
November 25th, 2013 by admin
Sometimes just getting on the water is enough to stand out, and as the only female Worlds helmsman in a class that’s regarded as one of the most traditional of all, College of Charleston senior Laura Beigel does exactly that. She’s lying in 54th position in a tough, light air Star Worlds fleet with dad Read, and we wish her luck. She’s not the only sailor chick at the Worlds either, but she’s the only driver and we dig it! Photo credit Marc Rouiller/StarWorlds2013.
September 4th, 2013 by admin