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    Default Any ex-Star sailors here?

    Anyone paying attention to the Star Vintage Gold Cup sailed in Michigan at Gull Lake the last two years? It is amazing how many great wooden Stars are being dragged out of barns or from under tarps and being brought up to racing trim again.

    My Dragon sailing buddy, Dave Caesar, of Ontario, working with go fast guru Arthur Asonov, has done up two of the boats and the whole event is blowing up to be something fantastic. A great amount of credit goes to Jon VanderMolen for coming up with this concept and arranging for the GLYC to host it.

    As someone whose first boat was Lippincott #4541, it has been such a wonderful thing to see. And hopefully next year we will have a representative from the Gulf Coast, as a well known former Olympian has acquired a woodie with an eye on competing.

    Mickey Lake
    'A disciple of the Norse god of aesthetically pleasing boats, Johan Anker'

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    'A disciple of the Norse god of aesthetically pleasing boats, Johan Anker'

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    Default Re: Any ex-Star sailors here?

    I'm not one of them, but there was at least one at this year's "Havelklassik" regatta (I wasn't able to go see it). (Photo by Gerhard Neumann)


    The whole photo collection is on Neumann's web site : https://gerhardneumann.de/havel-klassik-2018/ . Lots of wooden boat porn there.

    Cheers,

    Gernot H.

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    What are they doing to the rigs? Back when I rebuilt my 1960 Lippincott, the rigging cost me a bloody fortune to upgrade. The Harken radial boom vang track alone was about $600 - custom bent with two custom cars. I got tired of the cedar planking constantly checking and veneered the topsides with mahogany and WEST Epoxy. It turned out very pretty, but was from an era where I had more energy than sense. I didn't have anybody local to compete with, but they certainly are about as good as you will find for a sail-training platform. The Star Class Association folks back then weren't very helpful. Most basically told me not to waste much time or money on it, because it would never be competitive with the current glass boats. There was also one floating around back then which had been re-rigged for recreational sailing as a gaff sloop, which was rather pretty and less complex to sail. They were calling it the "Classic Star". Mine ended up getting struck by lightning while sitting on the trailer in mast-up storage at the lake. It blew a big hole in the bottom and that was the end of how much energy and cash I was willing to put into it. I stripped and e-Bayed most of the hardware and gave the hull to a friend. The money was recycled into the Illusion Mini 12 I bought - another string-puller's delight.

    From this:

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    To this:

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    Default Re: Any ex-Star sailors here?

    Todd, unfortunately your story is the most common one among guys with older Stars. They were pretty much considered throwaways by anyone in the class for far too long. This vintage thing has given the older boat enthusiasts something to really look forward to.

    The metre classes all have a classics division, and if the Star isn't a classic design nothing is. It always bothered me that even with me owning six different boats over 25 years I was still way behind the curve. If I had had a classics option I could have invested so much in one beautiful boat and kept her alive.

    Mickey Lake
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    The classics divisions seem so logical these days now that we can keep old boats going so well. I've just been asked to do some press releases for an Australian IOR Ton class revival regatta, which will hopefully emulate the very successful Quarter Ton and Half Ton revivals in Europe. So here's some wooden classic racer porn and I hope it's not too far off topic. Top two pics by Fiona Brown.

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    Default Re: Any ex-Star sailors here?

    Thank you, Chris. I know from following on Facebook that the old 1/4er tonners are going great in Europe these days.

    Mickey Lake
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    Default Re: Any ex-Star sailors here?

    As I was driving to Kalamazoo last week I saw a couple of those boats being trailed to Gull Lake. They looked pretty good.

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    Default Re: Any ex-Star sailors here?

    Not a woodie, but a guy on Facebook has a nice Mader for sale in Florida for .......$1000 US! Man, if I were still able to get under a Star boom I would be on that by tomorrow afternoon.

    Mickey Lake
    'A disciple of the Norse god of aesthetically pleasing boats, Johan Anker'

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