The International Star is one of the most prolific keelboats in the world for a reason: it is an incredible boat to sail. Designed in 1911 by Francis Sweisguth, it has proven to be a classic in every sense. It is the oldest Olympic class, having first been used in competition in 1932, and still at the heart of that competition today. Supported by a worldwide association the Star as a class is one of the best organized in sailing, with over 7,500 yachts built over its 80 year history, and 2000-plus actively racing today.
The International Star has evolved into the consummate craft for all ranges of competition and performance sailing: its equipment and rig is simple enough for the novice, yet versatile enough for those on the forefront of sailing. It’s large, powerful sailplan, combined with a sleek hull and light weight, propel the boat in the faintest of airs, while the flexible spar can be tuned to “de-power” when the breeze kicks up. The large main is infinitely adjustable, allowing the sailor to completely control the driving surface of the sail. Boats today are generally constructed of fiberglass, with positive flotation and an integrated keel. The design, sails, and equipment of the Star are governed by stringent class rules, created to improve competition on the basis of skill and control cost . This has also served to help the longevity of the design, keeping older boats competitive through careful evolution.
Day One of the iconic Bacardi Cup started in Cuba and celebrating it's 91st anniversary. The 2018 invitational regatta is hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club - Miami with many of the top International Star team out in force to enjoy the sailing as well as glass of rum too!
Day Two of the iconic Bacardi Cup started in Cuba and celebrating it's 91st anniversary. The 2018 invitational regatta is hosted on Biscayne Bay - Miami. Many of the top International Star team out in force to enjoy the sailing as well as glass of rum too!
Day Three of the iconic Bacardi Cup started in Cuba and celebrating it's 91st anniversary. Racing cancelled due to adverse weather conditions - stormy on the water but sparkling onshore with the Bacardi party!
Day Four of the iconic Bacardi Cup started in Cuba and celebrating it's 91st anniversary. The 2018 invitational regatta have included the J70 class to join the International Stars racing in Biscayne Bay, Miami.
Racing at the sixth edition of the Star Sailors League Finals got off to a dramatic first day of competition in Nassau, with four races held, four different winners and a last race in which a squall brought driving rain and 25 knot gusts that claimed one rig and caused one man overboard.
Despite being dominated by Olympic Finn sailors, the day ended with a new leader in Mark Mendelblatt and crew Brian Fatih, who now lead Robert Scheidt and Henry Boening by a mere point, going into the last day of the Qualifiers.