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Peter O'Leary (right) and Joost Houweling racing in the Star at Attersee
It looks like Baltimore Sailing Club's Peter O'Leary made the most of his two boat tuning in Star keelboats in Cork Harbour back in July as the double Olympian took second in the Star Eastern Championships in Austria today with new crew Joost Houweling of Holland.…
Two Star keelboats training in Cork Harbour
It looked like we were seeing double when we spotted two Star keelboats in Cork Harbour yesterday writes Bob Bateman Both boats bore the same sail number 8527 of the O'Leary's 'Dafne', the high-end Irish Star that has featured so…
An underwater shot of a Star keelboat competing at the World Championships in Porto Cerno
Australian Torvar Mirsky and Cork Harbour's Robert O'Leary finished eighth overall at last weekend's Italian-based Star World Championships in Porto Cervo. The sole Irish Star crew teamed up with Mirsky, a renowned World Match Racing helmsman for the championship tilt, instead of…
Robert O'Leary (left, bow number 61) competing at the Star World Championship in Italy
Australian Torvar Mirsky and Cork Harbour's Robert O'Leary are up to sixth overall at this week's Italian-based Star World Championships after three races sailed in Porto Cervo. The pair sailing the Irish Star Dafne now count a 16, 8, and 10 and are two points off…
The Star Worlds are being held in Porto Cervo
Australian World Match Racing Tour skipper Torvar Mirsky who has teamed up with Cork Harbour's Robert O'Leary to race the sole Irish Star keelboat at this week's Italian-based World Championships is lying tenth overall after two races in Porto Cervo. Uncertain…
Winners Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening of Brazil celebrate victory on Lake Garda
Peter O'Leary and Robert O'Leary from Baltimore Sailing Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club have finished 14th overall in a fleet of 90 at the Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam and European Championship in Italy.  Results are here In the end, the…
Top 20 for Ireland's Star Sailors Peter & Robert O'Leary on Day Two of European Championships
Cork Harbour's Peter and Robert O'Leary - and Ireland's sole entry - are 19th from 90 at the Star Sailors League Grand Slam Breeze and European Championship. Download full results here Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening (BRA) delivered another masterclass on…
A Star mast is broken in the first day of competition on Lake Garda
Cork Harbour brothers Peter and Robert O'Leary are lying 13th overall after the opening day of the first ever combined Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam and Star European Championships dawned with a change in conditions from the blue skies and…
Prof and his Star partner Ben Cooke leading the first race at the 2007 Bacardi Cup in Miami
Maurice ‘Prof’ O’Connell joins the media team for next week’s Star Europeans and Star Sailors League on Lake Garda. The professional sailor and coach, and one-design expert with North Sails Ireland, will be providing the in-studio commentary and analysis with…
100 Stars – including one from Cork Harbour – are expected for next week's European championships on Lake Garda
Royal Cork's Peter and Robert O'Leary who raced their Star keelboat 'Brotherly Love' stateside in January (along with brother Nicholas) will return to European waters next week for the Star European Championship on Lake Garda in Italy. There is now less than one week…
Nicholas and Robert O'Lewry competing in the Star keelboat class
Anthony O'Leary and his Cork Harbour crew of David Hassett and Niall Rafferty in Antix have finished seventh overall at the Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta in Miami at the weekend in the 19-boat Viper 640 class. His sons Nicholas and Robert, sailing…
Robert (left) and Nicholas O'Leary at the Coral Reef Yacht Club, hosts of this week's Bacardi Cup in Miami
Cork Harbour pair Nicholas and Robert O'Leary have moved up to 11th overall after the second raced sailed of the 2019 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta in Miami yesterday. The new Baltimore Sailing Club combination are the only Irish crew competing in the…
Nicholas (left) and Robert O'Leary competing in the first race of the 2019 Bacardi Cup in Miami
Nicholas and Robert O'Leary were 13th in race one of the 2019 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta in Miami yesterday. It was a new departure for the O'Leary campaign with 2020 Vendee Globe hopeful Nicholas taking the place of Peter on the…
23 countries including Ireland will be represented in Biscayne Bay by more than 500 sailors for an event that started out in 1927 as a three-day regatta with less than 10 boats in Cuba. The Star Class will be joined by the J70, Melges 24, Viper 640 and the Flying Tiger 7.5
Two separate O'Leary teams both sailing under the burgee of Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork are in action in Florida next week at the Bacardi Cup in Miami. Former Irish Sailor of the Year Anthony O'Leary sailing with David…
Stars go downwind in Miami, Florida
Royal Cork and Baltimore Sailing Club's O'Leary brothers are making most of their trip stateside and chalked up third overall yesterday in the Miami-based Star Winter Series. They won the Walker Cup sailed as part of the series at the…
Robert (left) and Peter O'Leary (right) on the podium in Miami
Royal Cork Yacht Club and Baltimore Sailing Club's Robert and Peter O'Leary were bronze medalists at the first Star Junior World Champion Under 30 after a six-race regatta in the water of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida yesterday. “It’s been great…

The Star keelboat is a 6.9 metres (23 ft) one-design racing keelboat for two people designed by Francis Sweisguth in 1910.

The Star was an Olympic keelboat class from 1932 through to 2012, the last year keelboats appeared at the Summer Olympics at which Ireland's representatives were Peter O'Leary and David Burrows.

Ireland has performed well in the class internationally thanks to some Olympic campaigns including a bronze medal at the Star World Championships in 2000, won by Mark Mansfield and David O'Brien.

The boat 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 of fibreglass and carbon construction.

The boat must weigh at least 671 kg (1,479 lb) with a maximum total sail area of 26.5 m2 (285 sq ft).

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.

At A Glance – Star Specifications

Designer Francis Sweisguth
Year 1910
Crew 2 (Skipper + Crew)
S + 1.5 C ≤ 250 kg (550 lb)[1]
Draft 1.016 m (3 ft 4 in)
Hull Type keelboat
Hull weight ≥ 671 kg (1,479 lb)
(including keel)
LOA 6.922 m (22 ft 9 in)
LWL 4.724 m (15 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.734 m (5 ft 8 in) at deck
1.372 m (4 ft 6 in) at chine
Hull appendages
Keel/board type bulb keel
401.5 ± 7 kg (885 ± 15 lb)
Rig
Rig type sloop
Mast length 9.652 m (31 ft 8 in)
Sails
Mainsail area 20.5 m2 (221 sq ft)
Jib/genoa area  6.0 m2 (65 sq ft)
Upwind sail area ≤ 26.5 m2 (285 sq ft)

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