Star World Champs return to Germany

The Star, designed in 1910 as an open two-man keelboat by William Gardner and Francis Sweisguth, experienced a rapid rise from the start: an international association of interests was founded in 1911 and a world championship was held almost annually from 1922. As early as 1932, the 23-foot Star was selected as an Olympic boat class, making it the first one design class to compete at the Olympic Games.

From 1968 onwards, the success story of the two-man keelboat was rather undulating. In 1968, the Tempest replaced the Star, but thanks to its great popularity and recognized lobby, the Star regained its Olympic status after the 1976 Olympic Games. However, the second and final Olympic out followed after London 2012. Today, the Star is experiencing its second renaissance. In many nations, competitive sailors are rediscovering the two-man keelboat for themselves in advance of the 2021 Star World Championship in Kiel, Germany…

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