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208 Champions Racing in the 2008 Star World Championship
By Lynn Fitzpatrick, World Regattas.com
Apr 17, 2008, 09:41

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Every time I attend a Star regatta I am impressed with the accomplishments of virtually everyone involved with the Star class. With each regatta I learn more about the achievements of yet another team, coach, retired Star sailor or class officer. The sailors who get today’s fanfare in the Star may have been making headlines for years not just because of their prowess as a skipper or crew in a Star, but also because they have established themselves as national or continental champions in other classes. Many are heroes on the world, Olympic and America’s Cup stage.

It’s a quick list, but it highlights 27 of the 208 luminaries who are racing in the 2008 Star World Championships and their World Championship, Olympic and America’s Cup accomplishments. Among the 26 skippers and crews listed, there are world champions in 18 different international classes and disciplines and Americas Cup finalist skippers and tacticians, not to mention all of the crews who are competing on America’s Cup teams. The Olympic medal haul in five disciplines is unapproachable at any Olympic Class world championship.


Sailor Olympics World Championship
BRA Alan Adler Star/1989
GER Ingo Borkowski Silver/Soling H-Boat/1995 and Match Racing/1997
BRA Gastao Brun Soling/1979
USA Carl Buchan Gold/FD Star/1992; Flying Dutchman/1983; World Youth Champ/1975
ITA Enrico Chieffi Star/1996;  470/1985; 50 footer/1990
USA Augie Diaz Snipe/2003 and 2005
SWE Anders Ekstrom Star/2004
BRA Marcelo Ferreira Gold and Bronze/Star Star/1990 and 1997
BRA Peter Ficker Bronze/FD 1976
BRA Lars Grael 2-Bronze/Tornado Snipe/1993
USA Hal Haenel Gold and Silver/Star Star/1995
USA Andy Horton Match Racing 2003 and 2004
POL Mateusz Kusznierewicz Gold/Finn Finn/1998 and 2000
SWE Fredrik Loof Star/2001 and 2004; Finn/1994,1997 and1999
CAN Ross Macdonald Silver and Bronze/Star Star/1994
SUI Flavio Marazzi 5.5 Meter-2003 and 2005
GBR Steve Mitchell Star/2002
AUS Iain Murray 18 foot skiff/1977-1982; Etchells-1984, 1983, 1987, 1992 and 1995
NZL Hamish Pepper Star/2006; Match Racing 1995 and 2000; Mumm 30/2003; Farr 40/2005
GBR Iain Percy Star/2002; Finn/2000
BRA Bruno Prada Star/2007
FRA Pascal Rambeau Bronze/Star Star/2003 and 2005
USA Mark Reynolds Two Gold and a Silver/Star Star/1995 and 2000
FRA Xavier Rohart Bronze/Star Star/2003 and 2005; J80/2002; ISAF Keelboat/2002
BRA Robert Scheidt Two Gold and a Silver/Laser Star/2007 Laser/1995-1997; 2000-2002, 2004 and 2005; World Jr. Champ.
USA Jud Smith Etchells/1996; Mumm30/1997 and 1999
AUT Hans Spitzauer Finn/1996
USA Phil Trinter Star/1993
NZL Carl Williams Star/2006

Sitting on the side lines coaching are world champions and Olympic medalists Rod Davis, Stevie Erikson, David Giles, Magnus Liljedahl, Hans Wallen and Mike Wolfs. Sir Durward Knowles, Ding Schoonmaker, Alexander Hagen and Vince Brun have also graced the fleet with their presence during this world championship regatta being sailed by 104 boats from 31 countries.

As for class protocol, the Star has undergone continual modification and improvement since its inception nearly 100 years ago. The class has documented practical procedures for adopting changes to the boat, rigging and sail design as well as to regatta, district and class governance. Changes to class rules must be introduced by one of over 150 fleets in 21 districts in 42 countries. Proposals are debated by the class’ Management and its International Governing Committee, introduced at an annual meeting held during the world championship so that a broad representation of nations, districts, fleets and active sailors can discuss and debate the issues before they are placed on a ballot on which the entire class membership can vote.

If you sail in the Star Class, the rules are clear, the boats are within the tolerances of the Star class one design rule; the camaraderie is deep and the competition is fierce all over the world.

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