The Starboats have launched their first post-Olympic initiative to help stem the inevitable tide of folks getting out of the Class, and if the Winter Star Series is an indicator of the direction they’ll go, we dig it. It’s a multi-event series from November to March with cheap storage and lots of racing, and it seems targeted directly at the more average guys and gals that have been staying away from the Olympic mayhem for quite some time. There’s little doubt that the Starboats will continue to attract some seriously talented crews – it is, after all, probably the sweetest boat in its size range ever created for upwind work – but organizer and longtime Anarchist (and owner of the infamous SE racer “Thin Ice”) Stu Hebb tells us this isn’t so much about the rock stars. “We’re trying to get the word out that the Star is not only an incredible boat to sail, but it’s surprisingly economical and compares favorably to almost any other small boat out there,” he said by phone today. “You can compare the Star Winter Series to anything else offered in the winter months for 2012, and we’ve got more racing available for less money than any dinghy, keelboat, or sportboat class out there.” Stuey tells us that sails are cheap, kites nonexistent, and the CRYC race committee runs triangles on breezy days to give everyone a taste of what a century-old design can do on a full plane. Sounds pretty cool to us. For an absolutely beautiful look at the Star, check out this shoot from Iain Percy and Bart Simpson’s Olympic campaign.