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Seeing Stars the faith, so to speak; maintaining the design parameters and the tradition while cautiously allowing the evolution of materials and technology to improve the boats. “The Argentinian designer Juan K [Kouyoumdjian],” Reynolds says, “is known for his radical boats. Juan says he doesn’t know why you would change the Star today. It sails really well in light air and is a good challenge in heavy air. “The people are key, the personalities and characters,” Reynolds says, “the Graels and other guys from Brazil, Davey Forbes from Australia, the Buchan family from Seattle that has handed the boat down through generations, Colin Beashel from Australia, and a lot of wonderful characters, guys like the late Tom Blackhaller ~ no other class can boast such a great collection of people. A lot of them come back to regattas for the comradery and friendships.” Dennis Conner adds: “Even without the Olympics, the class is extremely popular. The best sailors are still racing them.” The Star Worlds in Oxford will provide an engaging element of family history in the person of Bobby Lippincott, age 27, who after racing four years in a Star will be racing in his first World Championship. Bobby, a lean, friendly guy who teaches sailing, was named after his grandfather, Robert (nick-

named “Pear,” for his shape), who began building boats in Riverton, New Jersey, when he was in his 20s. Pear Lippincott was one of eight children. Pear’s father ~ Bobby’s great-grandfather ~ was an architect. He was also Commodore of the Riverton Yacht Club and raced canoes on the Delaware River. He built his own boats and convinced most of his kids to build boats in the cellar of their Riverton home. Pear and two of his brothers liked building boats so much they went into the business. Pear and his brother Howard Lippincott began building and sailing Stars in the 1930s. Beginning around 1944, when Pear placed second in the World Championships in Chicago, the Lippincott Star had ascended. Among Star sailors, it was the boat to have for nearly thirty years. During that time Pear won seven silver stars, awarded for second place in Hemisphere Championships. Competing in the World Championships, Pear Lippincott was second in Chicago in 1944 and 1949; World Champion in Chicago, 1950; second in Cascais, Portugal, 1952; and third in Rio, 1960. Richard Lippincott is one of Pear’s sons, and Bobby’s dad. It’s no accident he is in the boat business, the owner of Lippincott Marine in Grasonville, Maryland. “Like his Photo by Betsy Crowfoot. father, Pear taught us kids to build boats in the basement,” Richard says. “We built our own Penguins,

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