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more speed. The hardware has multiplied, the fittings are modern, spars are aluminum (or wood) and “polyester woven material” no lighter than 3.7 ounces is allowed for sails. But the basic hull dimensions, and, more importantly, the spirit of the Star, are 108 years old. The Class motto, “honoring the past, leading the future,” is taken to heart by those in charge.

75 entries were expected, and that could be a conservative estimate. In 1978, when the Worlds were held in San Francisco, 99 boats were lined up on the starting line. Very few things that were produced in 1910, especially boats, manage to elicit more than passing curiosity from us jaded future dwellers. The Star boat is an exception. The rig has changed (although not since 1930), the hulls are fiberglass, and fractional design tolerances are constantly manipulated in hopes of finding

George A. Corry The Star boat evolved because a sensible man named George A. Corry thought yachting should be a competitive sport, not a millionaire’s hobby. At the turn of the last century, as historian George Elder wrote in Forty Years Among the Stars, “Everything revolved around the racing of large yachts… raced by professionals while their owners sat upon the club veranda and sipped highballs.” Corry thought an inexpensive, fin-keeled sharpie


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