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With 48 boats from 9 countries racing this weekend’s Star Midwinters, SSL commentator and drone driver Kathleen Tocke gives us her take on the evolution of the Miami event and the overall Star Winter Series. Kathleen’s photos of this weekend’s event with our editing.

Launched in 2012–13 as a way to bridge the popularity of the class after being kicked out of the Olympics, Miami Star sailor Stuart Hebb along with Sailing Anarchy’s own Alan and Meredith Block and EFG Bank pooled their resources and built something new.  Basically copying the successful Jaguar Cup for the Etchells, Hebb packaged existing events with a big Midwinter championship, making Coral Reef ground zero for the series and lining up the race boats on ‘Star Row’ at the club.  The first year witnessed small fleets, but a healthy growth rate has the biggest event now reaching nearly 50 entries and the SWS providing a perfect string of race weekends building to the Bacardi Cup – which is this year followed by the Western Hemispheres.

The highly successful Star Sailors League has helped with the momentum, helping to attract former Olympians back to the class they made their names in. Ireland’s Peter O’Leary is one of those newly returned face, and he’s sitting in second after two light races yesterday. Also returning to the Star this week is crew Anthony Shanks, who is part of a group of former GBR Star sailors being organized by Iain Percy to attend the upcoming Bacardi Cup in March.

Another new face at the front of Midwinter’s fleet is Danish sailing legend Jørgen Schönherr (505, Dragon and FD World Champion), who stated, point-blank, that the SSL live streaming broadcasts were the reason he got excited to join the class and the movement.  He lauds the boats athleticism and its unique position as being the only two-person keelboat with such a high level of competition.  Schönherr has spent time training in his new boat in Lake Garda with a group organized by German Olympian and Star World Champion, Frithjof Kleen.  Kleen also was responsible for training Paul Goodison prior to his win at the SSL Finals in Nassau in December.

The Star is also beginning to turn the tide on its image as being an older man’s boat.  The number of younger skippers and crews has slowly but surely increased over the last few years.  The class sponsored two boats for young skippers this year, and hope to do more in the future.  The Winter Series is also more cost effective for younger teams on a budget.  Teams don’t need to trailer their boats from place to place.  The The young American duo of Luke Lawrence and Ian Coleman have been regular participants on the Star circuit, climbing to 12th place in the SSL rankings last year.  The pair has been helped through boat loans from both the SSL and class members.

US Laser Olympian Charlie Buckingham is an example of a new generation Laser and Finn campaigners who have been attracted to the class, due in large part to the showdown of all three Rio Laser medalists in the SSL Finals in 2016.  They see the Star in their future after campaigns and the Star offers them the unique opportunity to compete against legends of the sport like Robert Scheidt, Torben Grael, Jochen Schümann and the Star also allows them to compete against fellow Olympians from other classes whom them know, but never had the opportunity to compete against.

Follow the Midwinters Action with results here, and drone video, pics, and updates on Facebook. 

February 10th, 2018 by admin

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After a little soul-searching in Kiwilandia, our old friend and filmmaker Petey Crawford seems to have gotten his groove back, at least if you go by this very well-produced video promo for the C&C 30 Winter Series.  More from the Class:

Entering its 4th year, the C&C 30 One Design Class is working hard to generating some new excitement. The group of owners in the US are committed to maintaining a regatta schedule designed to attract current and prospective class members and get participation numbers back up to double digits.  There are obviously a few lingering questions about the future of the class and new builds with US Watercraft auction scheduled for tomorrow Nov 11th. However, there are a lot of boats ready to be sailed and a common goal within the current ownership to get boats on the starting line. This isn’t your friend’s uncle’s C&C 30, and the One Design class is a great boat to fill the gap in the 30-35′ sportboat range left by the demise of the US Melges 32 class.

When 2 hurricanes devastated the Caribbean islands and therefore the 2017/2018 Winter schedule, everyone decided that Fort Lauderdale would be a great alternative and the plan was put in motion. With 4 regattas schedule,  there are some great opportunities for some awesome one design action to attract teams from across the US and offer a chance for new teams to dip their toes in the C&C 30 OD class and charter one of the available boats. Check it out and make sure to contact [email protected] for any questions about charters, boats for sale etc. He will direct you to the appropriate person.  Come to Lauderdale this winter. It’s Time To Get Down!

Event #1 December 8-10 2017

Event # 2 January 12-14 2018

Event # 3 February 2-4 2018

Event # 4 March 2-4 2018


November 10th, 2017 by admin