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Schönherr and Koy Win Race Two at Star World Championship

13th September 2022
Jørgen Schönherr (DEN) and Markus Koy (GER)
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, are Italy’s Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi, who now count two-second places, to lead over Paul Cayard (USA)/Frithjof Kleen (GER), with Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic/Tudor Bilic in third.

A postponed start, followed by a general recall saw racing get underway at 1409 hours. The 6-knot breeze remained steady with a short chop, significant current, super close racing and some supreme performances throughout the 8 nm race. A frustrating day though for the five teams who gave themselves a points mountain to climb after adding a UFD penalty to their scorecards.

Anticipating the wind would go left, Schönherr/Koy opted for the port pin end start. While the shift didn’t materialize, their positioning and boat speed kept them ahead, with Negri/ Lambertenghi on their tail the whole race.

“We had a great day today,” grinned Schönherr on the pair’s ability to hold off a fleet packed with World Champions. “We had a super start and then we had a tough fight with all the gold Stars breathing on our necks. We managed to stay ahead, so we are proud of that.”

A racetrack fact revealed by Schönherr is that today’s win marks only the second time he has won a race at a Star Worlds, the previous time being the final race at last year’s Worlds, where the pair finished 4th overall.

“From the start we were leading the race and we could finish it also leading which was great,” added Koy. “The key to success was that we had very good upwind speed, plus good downwind speed. We were never really under pressure speedwise, so we could sail tactically in front of the others a little bit and control them.”

Negri/Lambertenghi were ever present in attack, building on every puff in the final leg to hunt down the race leaders, as Schönherr acknowledged saying, “Diego is always fast. If we can stay connected to him we are super happy.”

Negri has a battle on his hands to defend his 2021 Star Worlds title, with a fleet full of former World Champions hoping to add another gold star to their trophy cabinet, as well as plenty of rivals wanting to claim their first at this 100th Anniversary event. In a strange twist to his title defense, Negri has been forced to take a punt on some borrowed sails as his are stuck in Ireland, although so far the loaner set are not disappointing!

2009 Star World Champion George Szabo is one of those many rivals enthused about the event, “It’s the big wigs, its always so much fun.”

Reflecting on the change in approach when racing such a large fleet, Szabo commented, “You can’t go up the middle so much, you need to stay to the edges and also with so many boats, the water is more choppy, so you have to set the sails a little more full and a bit more loose to get out of the way sometimes. We have a two-mile plus beat, it is so much fun you can’t even find the mark for a long time. Every little shift magnifies itself across the leverage you have across this massive racecourse. It’s epic.”

Post-race the racetrack rivalries turn off and the deep-rooted camaraderie turns on, with the usual Star Class spirit and socialising boosted by tonight’s party sponsored by Doyle Sails.

Race 3 is scheduled to get underway at 1230 hours on Tuesday, September 13.

Provisional Top 10 Results – after Race 2

1. Diego Negri / Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA 2021) - 4 pts
2. Paul Cayard / Frithjof Kleen (USA 1988) - 6 pts
3. Tonci Stipanovic / Tudor Bilic (CRO 1991) - 8 pts
4. Jørgen Schoenherr / Markus Koy (DEN 8532) - 13 pts
5. Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise (USA 1999) - 15 pts
6. Mateusz Kusznierewicz / Bruno Prada (POL 2019) - 15 pts
7. Augie Diaz / Brad Nichol (USA 8509) - 18 pts
8. Jim Buckingham / Phil Toth (USA 1958) - 21 pts
9. Jud Smith / Remi Hutchins (USA 1957) - 31 pts
10. Larry Whipple / Anders Ekstrom (USA 1922) - 33 pts

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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 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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