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.
1966 WORLD'S CHAMPIONSHIP - KIEL 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
Report from the 1967 Star Class Log by Don Coleman
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.