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1966 World Championship - Kiel, Germany

1966 World Championship - Kiel, Germany

The following results are from the Star Logs. In common with the early Logs from 1950 through 1976 both yacht numbers and names were given, but starting with 1977 frequently only yacht numbers were given. The last time both yacht numbers and yacht names were given was 1989.

In later years sometimes fleet designations were omitted. In these cases some of the more obvious fleet designations were supplied.  Also from time to time only last names were supplied. First names, where known, were added.


No.   Yacht		Skipper	         Crew		Fleet		Daily Places		Pts.

4969  Scandale		Paul Elvstrom	John Albrechtson	Danish		 1   3   2   1  11	377

4733  North Star		Lowell North	Peter Barrett	Mission Bay	 8   1   1   8   3	374

4841  Glider		Richard Stearns	Lynn Williams	Wilmette Harbor	 4   2   6   4   7	372

5014  Goldstar		Joseph Duplin	Francis Dolan	Boston Harbor	 2  16   3   2   1	371

4773  Taifun		Timir Pinegin	Fedor Shutkov	Moscow		 6   7   8  10   4	360

4779  Squid III		Peter Tallberg	Henrik Tallberg	Drumso		 3   9   9   9  15	350

5004  Humbug VI		Pelle Petterson	H. Sundstrom	10th District	 7   5  10  16  10	347

5052  Subbnboana		Eckart Wagner	F. Kopperschmid	Kiel		36   4   4   5   2	344

5023  Romance		Franco Cavallo	Camillo Gargano	Capo Palinuro	24  14  19   6  12	320

4789  Gem IX		Durward Knowles	Robert Levin	Nassau		10   8  12   3  49	313

3949  Flambeau		Miles P. Wynn	C. Schneider	New Orleans	30  11  11  25   6	312

5106  Mystere		Edwin Bernet	Rolf Amrein	17th District	34  10  22  12   9	308

5087  Desiree		Angelo Marino	Enzo Fania	Formia		20  30  13  34   5	293

4928  Kathleen		H. Williams	Bengt Hellsten	Chicago Harbor	18   6  24  19  42	286

4975  Shandry		E. W. Etchells	Kim Fletcher	CLIS		25  13  21  36  14	286

5075  Illusion		Paul Fischer	Ottomar	Lampe	Hamburg		21  19  29  18  23	285

4397  Tempest		Bruce Kirby	David Kirby	So. L. Michigan	22  15  23  42  21	272

5095  Mari		Sune Carlsson	Arne Carlsson	Rasta		12  dnf 15  17  13	259

4713  Peau de Chagrin	Andre Chaudoye	Armel Ducreux	Villefranche	38  25  28  23  26	255

5045  Blott lX		S. Wennerstrom	Jan Lybeck	Kattegatt	17  dns  5  11  30	253

5077  Dingo		Ding Schoonmaker	John Boyer Jr	Biscayne Bay	23  dnf  7   7  28	251

4664  Ta Fatt VI		Jacob Engwall	Anders Holmgren	Geffe Bay	15  dnf 18  15  17	251

4932  Caprice III	Carlo Rolandi	Alfonso Marino	Capri		39  41  16  31  19	249

4871  Pummel VI		Detlev Kuke	Christian Koch	Berlin		 5  21  dsq 20  24	246

5006  Epoca		Hans Wiklund	Bengt Brusberg	Vinga		35  23  35  14  44	244

5022  Avoltore		Ant. Cosentino	Alfonso Mele	Ponza		37  40  32  22  20	244

5111  Aloha		Roger Bourdon	N. Bondaletoff	Monaco		16  28  41  41  25	244

4715  Alnilam		Klaus Zistl	Peter Stockmayr	Zugspitz	40  17  40  26  32	240

4775  Olimpia III	Kalman Tolnay	Erno Rumi	Balaton		26  34  27  29  39	240

5098  Bellatrix XIV	Bruno Splieth	Karsten Meyer	Glucksburger	13  24  14  32  dnf	233

5101  Pimm		W. von Hütschler	Arnaldo Lopes	Rio de Janeiro	14  18  62  35  40	226

4735  Schwerker		Borge Larsson	Bo Johansson	Stockholm	32  dnf 25  21  22	216

4624  Nortada		P. Migliaccio	Alberto Penta	Naples		28  35  37  30  52	213

4287  Dorrit VI		Esbjorn Bruske	Leif Rosenquist	Lidingo		 9  dsq 20  46  35	206

4214  Tove		S. Christenson	Jan Andersson	Onsala		41  12  dnf 28  31	204

5008  Kamaaina		Emil Widmer	Albert Lechner	Zug		33  dnf 34  40  27	182

4072  Tantrum		Ricardo Salgado	Jose E. Santo	Lisbon		50  29  45  33  56	182

5069  Star de la Cote	J.C. de Bokay	Patrick Warluzel	Seine		dnf 22  38  43  33	180

4567  Susan III		Dieter Laubman	Karl H. Laubmann	Tegernsee	43  33  42  50  53	169

4898  Black Star		Max Kastinger	H. Kastinger	Attersee	29  46  dns 56  18	167

3870  Faneca		Duarte Bello	Antonio Rocha	Cascais		42  27  43  60  54	166

4112  Flamingo IV	Jose Saldanha	Donald Coleman	Porto		11  dnf dnf 24  38	164

5035  Pasodoble		Enrique Urrutia	Angel Mateo	San Sebastian	dnf 20  30  61  48	157

4766  Mizar III		Heinz Lambeck	Jochen Barry	Essener		dnf 31  33  38  58	156

4820  Windy		Jay C. Winberg	Lars Gunner Dahl	Shilshole Bay	19  dnf 26  dnf 37	155

5000  Clambambes		Jurgen Adolff	Manfred Meier	Starnbergersee	61  44  46  54  43	147

5073  Skorpion II	Werner Nowak	Dieter Meier	Ammersee	46  dns dns 39   8	144

5083  Napadelix		Michele Briand	M. Cremauld	Angers		dnf dnf 31  27  36	143

5066  Goggolori		Rainer Schmid	Peter Schmid	Chiemsee	60  37  dnf 44  34	141

5010  Fair Lady		Hannes Schwarz	Heinz Loichinger	Andechser	27  dnf 39  64  45	141

5009  Fram VI		Ernst Gautschi	Walter Benz	Bodensee	58  47  52  37  61	140

3954  Ma' Lindo		Mario Quina	Manuel Ricciardi	Lagos		31  dnf 48  47  51	139

5090  Nadia		J. Christen	C. Christen	Interlaken	54  45  dsq 52  29	136

4167  Huli		Charles H. Dole	Thomas Carpenter	Kaneahe Bay	45  dnf 42  51  46	132

3858  Ingenue		George F. Thomas	Ross Campbell	Central L. Erie	57  42  50  59  55	132

5118  Sugar Rabbit	Chuck Lewsadder	Don Davis	Newport Harbor	dnf dnf dnf 13  16	129

4161  Flying Star V	Lars Berg	Dag Blidback	Sandhamn	59  43  49  49  68	127

4886  Argo		V. Vasilyev	Eduard Shugai	Leningrad	51  dnf 17  45  dnf	124

5100  Amethyst		John Sherwood	John J. Jenkins	Chesapeake Bay	dnf 26  36  53  dnf	122

4998  Jaguar		Klaus Kappes	Robert Bohler	Überlingersee	47  dnf 57  57  41	114

4177  Mistral		Zygfryd Perlicki	Adam Petecki	Gdansk Bay	63  38  56  65  59	114

4999  Ariel		Max Schatzmann	Tibor Demeny	Thun-Bieler	dnf 48  44  55  62	107

4924  Annalisa II	Pino Tosi	Toni Vascotto	Levante		52  dnf 54  58  50	102

4765  Claudia		Hans Bernstrom	Ken Nordenberg	Aros		55  39  dnf 63  60	 99

5070  Balaton		Istvan Telegdy	Jozsef Ribianzky	Budapest	dns 36  53  69  64	 94

4939  Nappis-ueli	Paul J. Bischof	Primus Wirsch	Montfort	65  49  61  70  63	 87

4793  Aramis		Victor Wittmann	J. J. Wittmann	Savoie		53  dsq dns 48  54	 82

5040  Fiamma		Oskar Meier	Dany Weiss	Zuerichsee	48  32  dns dns dns	 78

3437  Sharen		A. Meray-Horvat	Martin Walker	Lake Ontario, C	64  dnf 60  66  66	 60

5082  Tanaquil III	Jan Both	Albert Hollinger	Rapperswil	49  dnf 51  dnf dns	 58

5013  Lucky Liz		Roberto Mieres	G. Calegari	South Olivos	dnf dnf dns 62  47	 49

4943  Gwenaelle		Georges Dantoine	Christian Buguel	Brest		62  dnf 58  71  dnf	 46

4940  Bahiall		Georges Mueller	Heinz Eger	Sempachersee	67  dnf 59  dnf 67	 44

4507  Geisha III		Wolfgang Creutz	Mathias Wahl	Aachener	66  dnf dns 68  65	 38

5025  Raju VI		Ulrich Pieschel	Heiner Diekmann	Berlin-Havel	wdr dnf 55  67  dnf	 36

4911  Cherie VI		Rudi Berchtold	Klaus Wehner	Bayrisches Meer	44  dnf dns dns dns	 35

4528  Filistar		V. Marttinen	H. Svartstrom	Finland		56  dnf dnf dnf dns	 23

4919  Floh III		Erich Stoll	G. Steinlechner	Schwedeninsel	dnf dns dns dns dns	  0

1966 World's Championship - Kiel, Germany
Regatta Report

Report from the 1967 Star Class Log by Don Coleman

1966 World Champions John Albrechtson and Paul Elvstrom

First a word about Varberg, because many of the World's Championship contestants had just come from there, the European Championship in Sweden, and there was much comparing of Varberg notes. The interest displayed by the local citizenry extended even to providing accommodations for all in private homes, a memorable experience. The midweek pig-roast and the final dinner at Varberg Castle left an ineradicable impression. Among the ghost voices there can now be added the echo of "Blow the Man Down" as rendered by Bert Williams.

Many of the Scandinavians were disappointed that Varberg didn't give us more wind. One record that will be hard to beat is the eleven general recalls before the second race. The line was long, the skippers anxious, and one end totally favored. Everyone was determined to start there: indeed, there was nowhere else to start, and a great jam developed there every time. Someone mentioned current; but boats were over and luffing two minutes before the gun. The line was shifted several times, and the wind went around with it. After two hours of this everybody gave up and spread out somehow, and the race eventually started.

The story of Joe Duplin's impressive victory is told in a separate report following this one.

The trophy presentation featured wonderful prizes presented by local Varberg merchants to the first 20 finishers. Duplin won a rowboat, Timir Pinegin chose enough epoxy paint to cover twenty Stars, and Lowell North couldn't resist the tandem bicycle. Ulf Schroder deserves a decoration for his flawless arrangements, that got the boats first to Varberg and thence to Kiel.

Preliminaries at Kiel
As boats and personnel arrived at Kiel-Shilksee Yacht Harbor, ten kilometers above Kiel on the fjord, a southwester was moving in that was supposed to mean several days of pleasant weather. But by Saturday morning of the tune-up race, black clouds were hustling in from the southwest with the wind continually increasing. Commodore Smart cancelled the tune-up race with the suggestion that individuals make their own decision to sail. Only a few went out.

The skippers' meeting on Monday was routine but for the announcement of one innovation: there would be a middle marker on the starting line. With the aid of this and the extremely long lines, there was not a single general recall during the week and very few individual recalls. But the real reason for the excellent starting conditions was the superbly set lines, precisely square to the wind direction.

First Race
On time and on schedule, 77 boats approached the line in winds at force 6 and higher in the gusts. Huge short seas were the nemesis of the light weather sailors.

Joe Duplin went directly inshore, hit a starboard tack header, and in one tack led at the weather mark with Paul Elvstrom close behind. Scandale passed Goldstar on the reach. As Joe said later, "I thought, if he can do it, let him go ahead. Was I surprised!" The second time up the inshore tack was again favored; Elvstrom took it, stayed ahead, and won the race, with Duplin, Peter Tallberg and Dick Stearns following in that order. A local favorite, Bruno Splieth, with a brand new boat, tried a straight downwind approach to the finish that proved disastrous; he lost the mast over the bow in what by now was a force 7 breeze (about 35 statute miles per hour, or more than 30 knots). The toll was a stiff one: 9 out with some kind of rigging trouble or breakdown, one withdrawal, 67 finishers. Worse was in store.

Other favorites from the European Championship, Pinegin and North, were 6th and 8th. North, with Finn silver medalist Peter Barrett as crew, spent the rest of the afternoon and evening laminating a batten on the forward side of their compression-cracked mast.

The evening's festivities, hosted by Paul Fischer's crew, Mr. Ottomar Lampe of Kiel, proved to be a highlight of the social week. As they entered the party a familiar sight greeted the crews: a boat full of water- but with some added features in the form of ice and full bottles of every description.

Second Race
Tuesday morning, cloudy with impending heavy winds, found Lowell North still working on his mast. The epoxy had not cured; but a hot iron finished the job in time for the second race. Ten minutes after a flag end start North Star was headed and at the weather mark had a substantial lead. He won the race handily with Stearns, Elvstrom and Eckart Wagner 2-3-4. This race proved to be the heaviest of the series, with steady force 7 winds and frequent gusts to force 8. The seas were short and deep, with constant intervals of 3 to 4 foot waves in succession. The boat, unable to respond to its buoyancy under such an onslaught of water, would be engulfed to the rails. As a wave passed you would fall into the trough and but for a controlled heel and falling off you would hit with an inevitable crash. Water came in on every wave and the crew was continually hiking and bailing. Travellers were fully relieved, and mainsails whose jibs were trimmed too flat looked like something they shouldn't. The reaches and runs were a wild experience. While many boats tacked, or tried to tack, around the reaching mark, some jibed on a plane. Few whisker poles were set and very few boats ran straight down wind, Scandale being an exception.

Ding Schoonmaker, sailing on a port run to the finish line, caught a puff from the lee and with the vang still on heeled the boat into a trough. The bow and rail went under, and so did the boat. Ding and crew John Beyer suffered little but for the cold. The boat was recovered and after some minor repairs finished a very good series despite the mishap. 25 boats failed to finish the race. Lowell North's comment was, "I've never sailed in anything like this, not even in Portugal".

Joe Duplin was used to this kind of weather but his boom wasn't and it broke on the first reach. He tied things together and sailed the rest of the race, breaking a Barney post, and still managed to finish 16th. Dick Stearns' second in this race put Glider into a strong second place in the series standings to date.

On Wednesday, many skippers were still busy making repairs when the third race was postponed and finally declared off for the day, in the same sort of conditions. No one was sorry.

At the mid-series trophy presentation that night Paul Elvstrom, leading by two points, was given a warm welcome to the Star 1966 World's.

Third Race
On Thursday morning Dave Kirby, International 14 skipper, crewing for his Brother Bruce, donned his foul weather gear and sighed, "Here we go again, making gyrations that I never knew a Star could take". The race started in force 6, increasing to 7 by the second round. North started at the flag end, picked up the shift at Buelk Lighthouse, and rounded the weather mark with a substantial lead. Elvstrom picked up one boat on the first reach and three on the second, and was only 5 lengths behind North at the last weather mark, but Lowell held his lead to the finish. Elvstrom, now leading by four points, won the Vanderveer trophy for series leader at the end of the third race. Walter von Hütschler lost his mast 100 yards from the finish line. Eight boats did not start this race and six did not finish.

Fourth Race
In lighter winds, force 5-6, the shift was again inshore at Buelk Light. Elvstrom and Duplin went for the header on the left side of the course while Knowles, in a center position, led most of the first leg. But the eventual expected shift gave the inshore boats the advantage, and Elvstrom led around the course, increasing his lead on the runs and reaches. North chose the seaward side of the course and finished 8th. The race committee was continually moving the course farther offshore from Buelk Lighthouse point to minimize the advantage. By the end of the week they had it as far out in the sea as possible or practical.

Fifth Race
The series ended with the lightest race, but still plenty of air, the normal southwester. Joe Duplin started at the middle of the line, soon tacked to port, and played several slight shifts and similarly on the second weather leg to lead throughout the race. North, Stearns and Elvstrom started near the flag end and were headed to overstanding. The wind headed back slightly at the weather mark and Duplin, Wagner, North and Stearns rounded in that order, with Elvstrom welt behind. There was much speculation at this point as to Elvstrom's tactics, which would have doubtless been different but for the precaution of covering. He rounded the home mark 15th, and at this point Stearns' 4th place position would win him the Gold Star, but Elvstrorn picked up four boats to finish 11th while Stearns was dropping three for 7th.

Paul Elvstrom, four times Olympic Gold medalist, current 5.5 World's Champion, culminated a record year by winning the most coveted Star World's Championship.

Elvstrom is no stranger to Stars. He first appeared as crew with Albert Debarge in both the European and World's Championships in 1957. They were runners-up in both events. He has raced in several Kiel Week regattas. His diamond Star rig is well known. During the series he continually made adjustments; when it was all over he had changed the mast position 13 times. Among other things, during the week he installed jib sheet outhaulers. He sailed the Star like a dinghy, and even the crew had the typical tail-in-the-sea style, as John can ruefully testify. Paul's constant plea, when Albrechtson wanted to rest, was, "Hike out; I can't see the waves". If he couldn't see the waves, he said, it was like sailing blind. Paul's superb downwind sailing is something to envy: he keeps the boat very flat with the skipper and crew amidships and maneuvers into each wave always trying to maintain a downhill position, easier said than done as the accompanying photographs testify.

The perfect combination of boat mastery, the right winds, good crew, fine starts, and, one must admit, "A little bit o' luck", have always been the determining factors in the winning of a Star World's, and 1966 was no different.

Bruno Splieth had more than his share of bad luck, In the last race he was on starboard, a port tack boat tacked too close, and hooked the top of Bruno's mast, bringing his second mast of the series clattering down. The other boat was not damaged.... Eckart Wagner sailed a good series but for one race. I'm sure he is still wondering how he managed to misjudge the start of the first race when he sailed below the flag and had to cross on port tack. He finished 36th.... The misfortune that befell Lynn Williams can serve as a warning to all. Tying a bowline while picking up a tow after the last race he caught his index finger in the knot, severing it at the first joint.... On the way to the Yacht Club for the trophy presentation the new World's Champion lost the trailer and Scandale went on a solo ride that ended at a brick wall: no damage.

The Kieler Yacht Club, with a final display of their outstanding organizational ability, staged an exceptional dinner. President Frank Gordon was the master of ceremonies and the presentations were made by Otto Schlenzka, whose efforts were among those primarily responsible for the success of this great event.

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