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TransPac 2019-Pyewacket While the 2019 Trans Pacific Yacht Race was the 23rd consecutive for Pyewacket owner Roy P. Disney, this was a special race. It was the 50th anniversary of the iconic race, with 92 yachts competing. On July 13th , we left the dock in Long Beach with aspirations to win. As fate would […]

San Francisco Back home after a great week of Star sailing in one if the most idyllic venues in the world …Porto Cervo. Arthur and I ended up 6th in the World Championship with a solid second place finish in the 20 knot final race.  The Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Bruno Prada (BRA) won the […]

Porto Cervo We are at the half way point of the Star World Championship. Light air has prevailed making for tedious sailing. Arthur (Tutu) Lopes and I are in fourth place, with 32 points, after scoring a 19th in the opener. Augie Diaz has sailed very fast and well in these conditions and is leading […]

Photos by Marc Rouiller Riva del Garda After five days of racing with 12 races, 4 of which were yesterday, Arthur “Tutu” Lopes(BRA) and I got the Bronze in the European Championship.  Robert Scheidt(BRA) showed once again why he is the athlete of our era. With his crew Henry Boening, Robert came from behind on […]

EIGHT GOLD STARS LEAD THE WAY Robert Scheidt (BRA) and Paul Cayard (USA) face off in Garda classic on the opening day of the 2019 Star European Championship / SSL Breeze Grand Slam The opening day of the first ever combined Star Sailors League Breeze Grand Slam and Star European Championships dawned with a change in […]

The 92nd Bacardi Cup is history. Eric Doyle and Payson Infeliz sailed incredibly consistently to win. There were 8 Gold Stars (past world champions) in the fleet of 65 teams from over 15 countries.  Magnus and I had a rough start to our week, a great middle, and a rough ending, finishing 7th overall after […]

Coconut Grove Last weekend marked the end of the Star Winter Series with the Walker Cup on Thursday and Friday and the Mid Winter Championship being the cumulative score of all 8 races from Thursday through Sunday. The four days featured a variety of conditions from 7 knots to 20 knots sunshine to rain squalls. […]

Our 15-day journey to Antarctica and Patagonia came to a close Monday morning as we departed Ushuaia, Argentina at 09:00. After our various Penguin, Whale and Iceberg experiences of 10 days ago, we set sail for the Antarctic Circle, 66 35 degrees South latitude. We crossed our “goal line” at approximately 18:00 on Sunday, January […]

Day 4 of our Antarctic adventure-Position 64S x 62W. Our general itinerary is to travel southwest to the Arctic Circle, 66.5S, through the Palmer Archipelago along the western coast line of the Antarctic Peninsula. Yesterday we cruised down the Gerlache Straight and overnighted at Melchoir Island. Since our departure from King George Island on Sunday, we have […]

Nassau SSL Finals The Day started off with the Quarter Finals. Arthur and I tuned up before the fist race with Jorge Zarif and found out then that he was very fast after his retune last night. I think I may have said too much when I told Augie Diaz what I did the night […]

SSL Finals 2018 View this email in your browser SSL Finals 2018 December 3rd- 8th Nassau, BahamasSCHEIDT/BOENING DEMOLISH OPPOSITION ON FINAL DAY OF STAR SAILORS LEAGUE FINALS QUALIFYING While the star performers today certainly were Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening and Paul Cayard, significant to more competitors was what was happening mid-fleet. For today, Friday, the final […]

photo by Marc Rouiller  Nassau Four races were held today in 12-15 knots from the northeast to close out the qualifying part of the SSL Finals. The adjustments we made last night were right on the money and we were quite fast upwind and downwind. When you are fast it is much easier to be smart […]

Nassau Day 3 of the SSL Finals saw three races in 12-15 knots from the northeast….beautiful sailing conditions that the Bahamas are famous for. Unfortunately for Arthur and I, it wasn’t a great day. We struggle for speed upwind mostly, and downwind its just a battle.   Provisional Ranking after 7 total races: Mark Mendleblatt […]

Photo by Marc Rouiller Nassau, Bahamas The first 4 races of the 2018 SSL finals are in the books. It was just an ok day for my crew Arthur (Tutu) Lopes and I. The wind was from the west at 8-10 knots and very shifty most of the day. The fleet starts like the photo […]

Nassau, Bahamas Racing starts tomorrow for 25 of the best sailing teams in the World! The Star Sailors League, which includes Olympic Champions and World Champions from various classes, is hosting its annual “Finals” Championship in Nassau, Bahamas.  The forecast for tomorrow during the racing period is for winds from the South Southwest 4 groping […]

photos by Brian White Oxford MD Jorge Zarif and crew Guilherme de Almeida (BRA) are the 2018 Star World Champions. At 26 years of age, Jorge, the son of a Brazialian Srar sailor of the same name, is the youngest winning skipper since Alex Hagen (GER) won the prestigious trophy in 1981. The final day […]

October 12, 2018 In the aftermath of hurricane Michael, the Choptank was too churned up for racing today.  Both the wind and sea state were rough and the race committee deemed it best to wait for tomorrow to complete the series.  The forecast for tomorrow is for 7 knots increasing through the mid afternoon to […]

photos by Mark Hergen Oxford, Maryland First of all, let me apologize about last nights’ post.  My technological skills are not up to par. Two races were held today on the Choptank ( yes, that’s the name of the part of the Chesapeake we are in) in a dying, but persistently left shifting wind. In […]

Gull Lake No wind for two days then 3 races yesterday made up the second annual Vintage Gold Cup. GEM IX belonged to a mentor of mine, Sir Durward Knowles, when he won gold in the ‘64 Olympics. GEM IX is now part of the Cayard family and It was extra special to share this year […]

Photo by Bronny Daniels Marina del Rey The final two races of the Star North American Championship were held today in identical conditions to the other days, 7-8 knots from the southwest and choppy seas. While Arthur and I had great starts and were up front in both races, we could not match the speed […]

photo by Mary Stuyvesant Marina Del Rey Race 5 and 6 were held today in 7-8 knots of wind and very sloppy seas. On weekends, Marina Del Ray gets a lot of chop from all the recreational boats that come out of the harbor and head up to Santa Monica and Malibu. In Race 5, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]