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Star World Championship racing in Marina di Scarlino, Tuscany
A last-race win gave Ireland's Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne sixth overall at the Star World Championships in Italy on Sunday. The Cork-Belfast pair, who suffered a black flag setback on the penultimate day, bounced back after discard yesterday in the six…
Ireland's Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne  are competing at the Star World Championships in Italy
A black flag disqualification in race three has dented the overall prospects of Ireland's Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne at the Star World Championships in Italy. In a fleet of 96, the Cork-Belfast pairing are lying 28th after four races…
Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne (bow number 53) in the first race start of the Star World Championships in Tuscany, Italy
The Cork Harbour and Belfast Lough pairing of Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne lie 11th from 94 starters at the 2023 Star keelboat World Championship in Tuscany, Italy. The Championship finally began at Marina di Scarlino after two windless days…
Mateusz Kusznierewicz/Bruno Prada make history by winning their fourth successive Bacardi Cup
It all came down to the final race in the battle for the 96th Bacardi Cup in Miami on Saturday, with eight teams theoretically in the running for the trophies. After two general recalls, the elite of Star sailing embarked…
Ireland's Peter O’Leary and Stephen Milne claim the overall lead on day five at the 96th Star Class Bacardi Cup in Miami
Sole Irish duo Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne lead the Star Class into the final Bacardi Cup race in Miami today. Another strong performance from the 2008 Irish Olympic duo sees them two points clear of Polish defenders Mateusz Kusznierewicz and…
Peter O'Leary and Stephen Milne approach a weather mark in race three of the Bacardi Cup in Miami. The sole Irish pair competing are up to sixth overall at the halfway stage of the regatta
Ireland’s Peter O'Leary/Stephen Milne finished second in race three of the Star class Bacardi Cup in Miami on Thursday and moved to sixth overall. The Cork-Belfast pairing have moved up the rankings from their opening score of 17th on Monday.…
Royal Cork Star helmsman Peter O'Leary and Northern Ireland's Stephen Milne took a fifth in race two of the Star Class Bacardi Cup in Miami to move them up to ninth overall
After two races sailed, Royal Cork Star helmsman Peter O'Leary and his 2008 Beijing Olympic crewman Stephen Milne have moved into the top ten of the Bacardi Cup in Biscayne Bay, Miami. Expectations for racing at 1100 hours were swept aside…
Inconsistent breeze forced race abandonment on day two at the 96th Bacardi Cup in Miami, Florida
Racing at the Star Class 96th Bacardi Cup was abandoned on Tuesday, March 7, due to an inconsistent breeze. After a postponement ashore, the Race Committee was hopeful racing would get underway, but ultimately the decision was taken to abandon…
Seventy-three Star Class teams from 17 nations compete at 96th Bacardi Cup
Royal Cork Star helmsman Peter O'Leary is teamed up with his 2008 Beijing Olympic crewman Stephen Milne (not as previously listed on the official entry sheet), for the 96th Bacardi Cup, which kicked off on Tuesday in Biscayne Bay, Miami with…
Paul Cayard and Frithjof Kleen will compete at this week's 96th Bacardi Cup in Miami, Florida
The Bacardi Cup for the Star Class will kick off on March 5, and double Olympic keelboat helmsman Peter O'Leary from Royal Cork and Baltimore will add Irish interest to the 75-boat regatta. O'Leary will race Star IRL 8465 Verticoli…
Italy’s Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi celebrate their Star World Championship win in Marblehead, USA
A solid third place in the final race from Italy’s Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi was more than enough to reward them with gold at the 2022 Star Worlds. For Negri, winning the 100th Anniversary Championship marks a successful defence of his…
The start of race five at the 100th Star Worlds at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, USA
Patience aplenty has been the pattern at the 100th Anniversary Star Worlds, as every day has featured postponements, general recalls and unpredictable conditions. Friday’s race 5 was no different, with a postponement and general recall, followed by a black flag…
Big breeze at Marblehead for the Star Worlds at the Eastern Yacht Club
Strong winds kept the Star fleet postponed ashore, before easing enough to get race 4 underway at 1509 hours in 18 knots with some gusts up to 25 knots. Hiking hard and sailing fast gave Luke Lawrence/Andrew Macrae (USA) race…
Jørgen Schönherr (DEN) and Markus Koy (GER)
An impressive run of form gave the race 2 win to Jørgen Schönherr (DEN) and Markus Koy (GER) who controlled the Star World Championship fleet from start to finish and end the day in 4th overall. Headlining the leader board though,…
Tonci Stipanovic and Tudor Bilic (CRO 1991) lead the Star Worlds
The 2022 Star Class World Championship was officially declared open by Tom Londrigan, International Star Class President, on the morning of Sunday, September 11, accompanied by a parade of nations and gun salute at Eastern Yacht Club in the United…
Paul Cayard (right) and Brad Nicho
Yesterday was a forced lay day for the 33-boat fleet gathered on Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire, for the 2022 Star Western Hemisphere Championship. The wind was light and a storm was predicted to arrive in the early afternoon, so after…

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 type sloop
Mast length 9.652 m (31 ft 8 in)
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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