International Star

International Star

5 Seasons

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.

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International Star
  • Kiel Week 2021 - Sailing Highlights - Day 4

    Episode 1

    Two days of extreme light winds meant sitting around on their decks waiting for a breeze to fill on for many of the Kieler Woche competitors. Batbold Gruner (GER) took the ILCA 4 overall trophy, with Sebastian Knaack (SWE) alongside Tania Tammling (GER) taking the overall Europe Championship and ...

  • Kiel Week 2021 - Sailing Highlights - Day 5

    Episode 2

    Finally the International Star Worlds began on the Baltic Sea off Kiel - a sea breeze crept in and eighty one keelboats were off! Light winds but the Austrian skipper, Johann Spitzauer, took the only race and overnight lead. (CC Available)

    Video Producer: KielerWocheTV

  • Kiel Week 2021 - Sailing Highlights - Day 6

    Episode 3

    Sun is out and the breeze is up - time for the IQFoil athletes to fly on the Baltic Sea! The International Star's continued at their World Championships with Diego Negri (ITA) and Frithjof Kleen (GER) picking up two bullets and leading by a margin. (CC Available)

    Video Producer: KielerWocheTV

  • Kiel Week 2021 - Sailing Highlights - Day 7

    Episode 4

    Plenty of classes at Europe's biggest regatta and this time it's the J70's turn - the forty keelboats had a race abandoned on the final downwind leg but they finally got started with their fourth race of Kiel Week. Carsten Kemmling leading the pack with an impressive three bullets. The Internatio...

  • Kiel Week 2021 - Sailing Highlights - Day 8

    Episode 5

    Prize-giving for the new World Champion with Diego Negri (ITA) and Frithjof Kleen (GER) - celebration time and maybe the occasional tear! Tight finish for the remaining podium places with Croatian, Tonci Stipanovic taking silver and Austrian, Johann Spitzauer bringing home the bronze. (CC Availab...