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Royal Cork's O'Leary Brothers Continue Medal Haul in Miami

11th February 2019
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Stars go downwind in Miami, Florida Stars go downwind in Miami, Florida Photo: Star League

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 weekend, beating America's Cup legend Paul Cayard in the process.

Peter O'Leary and his brother Robert add this result to the bronze medals won last week at the inaugural under-30s championships at the same venue.

Official results here.

Cayard is the overall winner of the Star Winter Series that consists of five events held at Coral Reef Yacht Club from November to February.

Races 7 & 8 of the Star Midwinter regatta were held today in perfect Star Sailing conditions of 12-14 knots from the southeast. Warm air, warmer water, nice waves for surfing downwind and plenty of sunshine.

Cayard finished strong and moved up to second place with 60 points in this regatta. By virtue of moving up today, he won the Star Winter Series. The Star Winter Series is the cumulative score of 5 events starting in November and concluding in February. Cayard had two crews sailing with him over four of the five events; Magnus Liljedahl and Josh Revkin. 

Eric Doyle won both races today and moved up to third place with 62 points passing Augie Diaz and Bruno Prada. 

The racing was very tight and the lead changed hands several times in all races. Eric Doyle rounded the last mark of the final race in 5th and managed to grab the win.

The event also featured longtime Irish ex–pat Star sailor Mark Dolan.

Final Top Ten
1. Paul Cayard / Magnus Liljedahl, USA, 27
2. Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise, USA, 27.4
3. Peter O'Leary / Robert O'Leary, IRL, 45
4. Tomas Hornos / Pedro Trouche, USA, 56
5. Augie Diaz / Bruno Prada, USA, 58
6. Jake Lilley / Lewis Brake, AUS, 90
7. Ante Razmilovic / Brian Hammersley, GBR, 91
8. Jørgen Schönherr / Jan Eli Gravad, DEN, 91
9. Arthur Anosov / Mark Dolan, USA, 91
10. Jennings / Jon Von Schwarz, USA, 93

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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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