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Star North American Championship

photos by Bronny Daniels   Marina Del Rey   Races 3 and 4 of the Star North American Championship were held today in 8-11 knots of wind from the southwest. The sea was quite a bit more choppy than yesterday which made for some challenging steering for the helmsmen.   Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise […]

Star North American Championship

photos by Mary Stuyvesant Marina Del Rey Today was day 1 of the Star North American Championship in Marina del Rey, California. The conditions were beautiful for Star sailing; 7-9 knots with a moderate sea. In race 1, Eric Doyle, with Payson Infelise up front, held a narrow lead of Arthur Lopes and I. Eric […]

Western Hemisphere Championship

Coming to the windward mark in USA8466-GEM Coxonut Grove The two final races of the 2018 Star Western Hemisphere Championship were held today in 15-18 knots of wind from the southeastz. Jorge Zarif of Brazil was on fire winning both races today. It was very physical and the conditions suited the 25 year old Finn […]

Star Western Hemisphere Championship

Start of race one today-Ken Batzer photo Coconut Grove Another perfect day in Miami, if you like Sailing. 10-14 knots from the southeast with a moderate chop. In race one, the left side of the line was favored and Tutu and I grabbed the favored spot. That was the highlite of that race for us. […]

Western Hemisphere Championship

Photo by Ken Batzer Coconut Grove Two more races were completed today enroute to crowning the 2018 Western Hemisphere Champion in the Star Class. More postcard conditions today…8-12 knots from the East Southeast. In race 1, after a tricky battle with various adversaries, Arthur (Tutu) and I won the final sprint  to the line to […]

Western Hemisphere Championship

Photo by Ken Batzer Coconut Grove The final series of the Star winter racing is happening on Biscayne Bay, today through Sunday.  Two races per day are scheduled to award the Spring Silver Star in the USA.  37 teams from 7 countries are competing. With the sun shining, the water temperature at 78F, the wind […]

2018 Western Hemisphere Championship

St. Barth’s Bucket

St. Barth’s Three days of racing here in the Caribbean, for 25 Super Yacht’s, concluded today with a 8-10 knots race, clockwise around the island. For us on Rosehearty, it was quite a different week. Many of our usual competitors like Seahawk and Perseus were not in attendance this year.  Zenji and ourselves ended up […]

Bacardi Cup Final

Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi of Italy Coconut Grove The final race of the 91st Bacardi Cup was held today in 14-18 knots of wind from the south east. Mark and I got off the starting line well and were amongst the top teams approaching the first mark.  We rounded second behind Robert Scheidt, with […]

Bacardi Cup-Day 5

Grael/Goncalves leading the fleet Coconut Grove Today’s 5th race of the 91st Bacardi Cup was held under perfect “Bacardi” conditions…..10 knots of wind from North North East.  This is still a shifty direction with the wind coming off downtown. World Champions Lars Grael and Samuel Goncalves led wire to wire after playing the right side […]

Bacardi Cup

Coconut Grove After yesterdays race was postponed due to thunderstorm activity in the area, today featured a double header. The wind was 12-18 knots from the northwest, which is always shifty here and makes for challenging racing. In race one of the day, there was a big left shift off the line and Mark and […]

Bacardi Cup-Day 2

Biscayne Bay After a one hour postponement, the wind filled in from the south east at 10 knots and built to 14 knots as the 10 mile race continued.  The right side of the course paid up the first windward leg and the Italian team of Negri/Lambertenghi led at the first mark.  Mark and I […]

Bacardi Cup-Day 1

Coconut Grove 76 teams from 16 countries have come to the warm waters of Biscayne Bay to compete in the 91st Annual Bacardi Cup.  I am racing the week with Mark Strube. Before the first race of the regatta, the Star Class family payed its respects in a tribute to Sir Durward Knowles who recent […]

Photo by Kathleen Tocke Coconut Grove 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. Irishman Peter O’Leary and his brother Robert sailed steadily, never finishing better than […]

Photo by Kathleen Tocke Coconut Grove More perfect sailing conditions were on deck for the Star Sailors here in Miami….. 12 knots from the southeast all day, with some shifts, some not so subtle. In the first race, Josh and I had good start up near the Committee boat (right side). We took a short […]

Star Walker Series

Photos by Kathleen Coconut Grove Day two of the Walker Series and Mid winter Championship for 44 Star teams from 8 nations.  The breeze was up a bit, starting the first race of the day at 16 knots for race 1 and dropping through the day to finish race 2 at 11 knots. Jack Jennings […]

Walker Series

Coconut Grove Today was the first day of both the Walker Series and the Star Midwinter Series.  44 Stars showed up for a one hour delayed start to race 1, on Biscayne Bay.  The delay was due to very light easterly winds which only ever got up to 7 knots today.  It was sunny and […]

Zag Masters

Coconut Grove The Star Masters fleet, 32 strong, was treated to beautiful Miami conditions today with southeasterly winds in the 7-9 knot range and sunshine. In the first race, Magnus and I had a good battle with our old friends Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel. We traded the lead twice but Mag and I prevailed. […]

Coconut Grove 32 Stars came to Mimai to compete in the annual Zag Masters; a fun tradition that includes father son, father daughter, Master(50+),Grand Masters(60+), and Exhaulted Grand Masters (70+). Golf on Friday is the precursor to the racing on the weekend; normally two races on Saturday and one on Sunday. Today the breeze was […]

Star Midwinter Championship-Levin

Coconut Grove Two races were held today on Biscayne Bay for the Star Class racing for the Bob Levin memorial trophy. The breeze was on at 16 knots from the East which got the temperature up into the 60’s. It was a shifty again with the wind coming over the key onto the track. Magnus […]

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Star Midwinter Championship-Levin

Coconut Grove A brisk and chilly northerly greeted the Star fleet for the first regatta of 2018.  Winds on the race track ranged between 8 and 18 knots with a few rain showers.  Three races were held for the 19 boat fleet. The wind was very shifty, not oscillating predicatably but rather randomly shifting. This […]

SSL Finals-Final

Nassau Today was the final day of racing here in Nassau. The quarter finals, followed by the semi finals and the final race, was the card.  The wind was 14-18 knots from the south and the race course was tucked in Montague Bay so that made for some big wind shifts and the breeze passed […]

SSL Finals Day 4

Celebrating 100 with Sir Durward Knowles Nassau Three races were held today on Montague Bay of the east end of New Providence.  All 25 teams were ready for the all important final day of qualifying. The winds were challenging today ranging from 4 knots to 20 knots with 30 degree wind shifts. The US team […]

SSL Finals 2017

SSL Finals – Day 3

Nassau Very light wind made today very challenging for the 25 teams competing in the SSL Finals here in Nassau.  It was a balmy 84 degrees with 4-6 knots of wind from the southeast out off  the track today.  The Italians were on fire! Francesco Bruni of Palermo posted a 4, 1 while his countryman […]

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SSL Finals Day 2

Nassau Day 2 was very good to Phil and I.  With scores of 1, 2, 20, 1 we jumped up to third place in the standings.  We were very fast upwind in the 8-10 knots of wind and able to hold our own downwind.  It has taken a lot of work for us to narrow […]

Star Sailors League Finals

SSL Finals Day 1

Nassau The Star Sailors League got underway today with two races in 12 knots from the east. The competition has never been tougher here, or maybe anywhere.  No other sailing event puts 25 World Champions Olympic medalists, offshore champions together in one fleet on one race track.  See the entry list on www.StarSailors.com. Phil and I […]

Vintage Gold Cup-Final

Gull Lake MI On Saturday, two races were scheduled for the final day of racing. A beautiful, clear blue sky greeted us that morning but not much wind.  In fact, the little bit of wind that did arrive on Gull Lake swung around wildly in direction, and never amounted to more than 5 knots.  The […]

Vintage Gold Cup

Gull Lake, Michigan Three races were held today in 8-15 knots of wind.  At times, the gusts were up to 17 knots which is a lot of wind for these restored, 50 year old, boats.  There were a few breakdowns today.  Brian and I gingerly sailed the last lap of race three with a broken […]

Vintage Gold Cup

Gull Lake, Michigan Twelve incredibly well restored Stars are racing in the first Vintage Gold Cup here in Michigan. The boats and the creation of this event, are the passion and dream of Jon Vander Mullen and Don Parfet.  Most of the boats are over 50 years old and all are wood.  They have been updated […]

Star World Championship 2017

Eivind Melleby and Joshua Revkin, 2017 Star World Champions Troense, Denmark The final race was held in a 8 to 16 knot Westerly under sunny skies. The showdown between Eivind Melleby and Lars Grael materialized as Grael took the early lead and Melleby struggled to stay in the top 10.  Hubert Merkelbach, Diego Negri, Reinhard Schmidt […]

Star World Championship 2017

Danny Cayard, September 1989 Troense Denmark Today was a rest day and rest I did. Slept til 10:00. Must have been tired. Later, Danny and I went down to the club (Sailors don’t know what to do with a day off!) and we raced in a fun race in the harbor that the event organizers […]

Star World Championship 2017

Typical Danish House Troense Denmark One race was held today in 8 knots from the southwest.  There were some pretty big shifts out there today and unfortunately for Danny, I got them all wrong.  We had our worst finish in 50th. My bad! Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi of Italy won the race while George […]

Star World Championship 2017

Start of race 4 Troense, Denmark Today was a beautiful day here in Troense. No rain, and there was more sun than clouds.  The wind for the two races held today was 12-14 knots still from the west.  The Star World courses are 10.4 miles long by the class rules so 2 of those plus […]

Star World Championship 2017

Traoense, Denmark Race 2 here in Troense and the race committee held us a shore for a couple of hours as the wind was too strong once again.  Finally we went out for a 13:45 start.  At the first start the fleet was too aggressive and had to be recalled.  For the second start, just as […]

Star World Championship 2017

Danny and I sailing in Miami in 2016. Troense, Denmark Day two lived up to it predicted strong winds.  With winds in the mid 20’s and plenty of thunder and lightening, the Race Committee did not hesitate to cancel the racing for the day. Danny and I had a good day finishing up our work […]

Star World Championship-2017

Stars nearing the windward mark with crews hiking over the side to hold the boat upright. Troense, Denmark The 2017 Star World Championship kicked off today with the first race in 15-23 knots of wind and cloudy skies.  The conditions got a bit gusty as the race progressed and 7 boats lost their masts. Unfortunately […]

America’s Cup 35

A proud nation! Bermuda It’s done and dusted.  The Kiwis were a force too strong to be reckoned with.  They innovated and backed themselves! The Cup now returns to New Zealand where a nation that is passionate about sailing and will embrace it with gusto. Today’s race was just a rerun of the other 8. […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda This cake is pretty well baked.   There are people remembering the comeback of all time in 2013.  Same teams, same situation with ETNZ on match point and Oracle with a very steep hill to climb.  But the situation is much different.  There is no “low hanging fruit” this time.  The boats are very […]

America’s Cup 35

Oracle and New Zealand crossing tacks. Photo by Richard Smith Bermuda Races 5 and 6 of the 35th America’s Cup were held today on Great Sound in Bermuda in 10 knots of wind.  The question on everyone’s mind was: Did Oracle Team USA find some speed to make this Cup competitive?  The answer is yes! […]

America’s Cup 35

Bermuda Races three and four were run today on Great Sound and the result was the same. He KIWI dominance in this wind range is impressive. The Kiwi foils and wing combine to generate 7-10% more speed around the race course over the American boat. The questions are; do the Americans know what to do […]